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Protests against Censorship at Kuwait Book Fair

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Kuwait International Book Fair came to a close this week amidst widespread controversy due to the banning of what could be up to 200 books, writes...

Lebanon's Jews: Loyalty to Whom? BBC Documentary Tracks Vanished Community

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

First came the book, then the documentary, on Lebanon's Jews who pine for their birthplace, singers Fairouz, Sabah and Wadih El Safi, and recall their...

Israeli Scientists Warn: Arabic Is "Hard for the Brain"

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

BBC News Online's Health division decided this week to cover an obscure article in an obscure academic journal which covers the important subject of the Arabic versus Hebrew language.

17 Million Arabic Children's Books Exported From Scholastic

LA Times | Geraldine Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, first weeded its list of thousands of titles down to 200 and later 80. ...

Muslims & Non-Muslims Hear about Terrorist Threat, Solutions at Harvard Club

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

An accomplished and diverse group of people -- Muslim and non-Muslim -- who share a common concern about growing extremism and the threat it poses to ...

Egyptians take to the streets in protest against police brutality

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The death of a young businessman in Alexandria, Egypt, reportedly at the hands of two police officers, has led thousands to the streets in protest aga...

Take a Hike: Misconceptions and Machinations Keep Activists Incarcerated in Iran

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

You've probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inhere...

Department of Ed Discriminated Against Debbie Almontaser

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Debbie Almontaser was fired because shirts with the word "intifada" were supposedly linked to her. I thought at the time it was obscene. Last week, the EEOC agreed with my assessment.

Sheikh Tantawi, Head of Al-Azhar, dies aged 81

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sheikh Sayyid Tantawi, one of the highest authorities in Sunni Islam, died from a heart attack Wednesday in the Saudi city of Riyadh, writes Tom Trew...

Moses Maimonides: Arab Jew, Religious Humanist

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

The figure of Moses Maimonides (ca. 1138-1204), perhaps the greatest post-Talmudic rabbi, exemplifies the complications and pitfalls involved in the Arabic articulation of Judaism.

Where Is My Star Trek Universal Translator?

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeremy White

We are closer than ever before to coming out with a hand held translation device. The goal is to have a working model that is the size of an iPod and is 98% accurate in 20 essential languages.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne


Who Has the Akbar Zib?

Summer Qassim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Summer Qassim

The Saudi rejection of Mr. Akbar Zib can be justified on the grounds of refusing to repeatedly pronounce an offensive slang term in Arabic official discourse. But there seems to be more than just prudence at play here.

Akbar Zib, Pakistani Diplomat, Rejected In Saudi Arabia Because Name Means 'Biggest D**k' In Arabic

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to reports, a well respected, high ranking Pakistani official has been rejected as ambassador to Saudi Arabia because his name, Akbar Zib, t...

"Ajami": A Film to Challenge the Israeli and Palestinian Narratives?

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Hitting US theaters today is Ajami, Israel's contender at this year's Academy Awards, which has also been garnering praise at Cannes and other interna...

Black Ops and Fort Hood

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

There are lots of places to start looking if we want clues as to what happened at an Army base at Fort Hood, Texas. One obvious clue is Virginia Tech....

Palestinian Children Suffer From a Lack of Appropriate TV Programming

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian children badly need programming that can address their issues. This need is all the more pressing considering that over 65% of Palestinian children have no pre-school education.

Arabic Novels In Translation Give Readers A Close Look Into Arab Lives

The New Yorker | Claudia Roth Pierpont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The ways that people think and work and suffer and fall in love and make enemies and sometimes make revolutions is the stuff of novels, and Arabic nov...

Beirut Book Fair for Gay Travels in the Muslim World: Day One

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

I have to admit that at first I was afraid to enter, but it was what I spent two years working on - the debut of the Arabic version of my book, Gay Travels in the Muslim World, here in the Muslim world itself.

Arab Countries Aim to Improve Journalism Education With UNESCO's "Model Curricula"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab countries are making strides in trying to improve journalism curricula, but still face strictures, obstacles and challenges to press freedom as w...

Egyptian Divorcées, Girls Only, Burst Onto Web Radio Scene

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Motalakat is an online radio station launched by Mahasen Saber, a thirty-something Egyptian divorcée and mother for other Egyptian women.

In Qatar and Egypt, Education Reform Means Learning In English

Journalism Boot Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Journalism Boot Camp

English instruction in Qatar's schools, according to government plans, is to tailor students for higher education and jobs in English-language workplaces and universities.

Israel Road Signs To Read In Hebrew Only

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In what is sure to be a controversial move, the Israeli Transport Authority announced a new policy on Monday whereby all road signs will read only in ...

Israeli Border Police Abuses Hit YouTube, Filed Under 'Comedy' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Videos posted to YouTube last year have emerged that show Israeli Border Police harassing and humiliating Palestinians for their own amusement, Haaret...

'Bill Clinton is Syrian' and Other Tales of Obama's Speech From Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Freddy Deknatel

Syrians will continue to ignore gestures of American reconciliation and Obama's optimistic oratory until an American ambassador is returned to Damascus and sanctions are lifted.