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Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

Hissah Al Sabah: An Enterprising Kuwaiti Princess

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Magda Abu-Fadil

She's not your stereotypical Arab princess out of some Hollywood producer's imagination, but a hard working entrepreneur fiercely supporting women's e...

Syria's Youth Are the Solution, Not the Problem

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

For America and other nations that champion freedom of religion and expression, the sustainability of ideologies -- the victory of ideologies -- is determined in the resilience and pluralism of our values... values we must dare to live by in the face of darkness and insecurity.

Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism. He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

By Cutting Ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia Executed the 48th Terrorist

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It was as if Saudi Arabia executed yet another terrorist when Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir announced the severing of ties with Iran.

'A Decent Bomber' -- Alexander McNabb's Irish Thriller

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Alexander McNabb's hot adventure "A Decent Bomber" for a change wasn't set in the Arab world, but managed, in its Irish venue, to tie back to the region he's used as a backdrop for earlier novels.

Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

Acts of Terror Point to Failed Global System

John Perkins | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
John Perkins

The world's crises, whether they involve climate change, hundreds of thousands of wandering homeless refugees, or acts of terror are symptoms of a failed global system. It is a system that is based on killing people and destroying the very resources that drive the economy.

Our Thoughts Are With Paris, But Let Us Not Forget Lebanon

Zeena Saifi | Posted 12.04.2015 | Media
Zeena Saifi

As heartbreaking as the Paris massacre was, I wish Europeans knew that the night of November 13th has been every single night for the lives of Syrian refugees. But I guess it only matters when your country's flag colors can manage to get plastered on everyone's Facebook page.

Why I Will Stop Calling Myself a Bad Muslim

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

I have jokingly called myself a "bad Muslim" in the past on account of all of this, but that stops today. If only to check the true infidels -- that is, the enemies of peace, truth, love, and therefore, the enemies of the Islam I know and hold so dear -- I cannot continue to make this joke.

Dear World: Ignorance Will Destroy Us

Mona Shadia | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Mona Shadia

We preach about our ideals, our honorable American standards and abilities to respect the dignity of humans' lives and spirits and yet we act exactly like those whom we criticize. We discriminate against those who are different from us just like our enemies do. Yes, we do.

Prisoner Swap Frees Lebanese Soldiers And IS Leader's Ex-Wife

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.01.2015 | World

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ISIS Has Little To Do With Islam, and Everything To Do With War

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

If there's anything we should have learned since 9/11 and the "War on Terror," it is that violence against the Muslim world cannot defeat terrorism or anti-Western anger; only respect for human rights and sovereignty will work.

A Ritual for Light

Heather A. Paul | Posted 11.29.2015 | Religion
Heather A. Paul

This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.

Thanksgiving for the Moments That We Share

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

So on Thanksgiving Day, I remember and I am grateful. I am grateful for what I have learned about myself since the day I heard the diagnosis. Grateful for the surgeons and the nurses and my best friend from high school who insisted four years ago that I get my blood checked, just in case something was wrong.

Interview: 'From Beirut to Paris, We Are All Hypocrites and Selective Grievers'

Halim Shebaya | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

I discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in relation to the media response, selective empathy, and the 'what-about-ery' reaction.

Paris, Media Bashing & The Act of Mourning

Kuda Mangoma | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Kuda Mangoma

As the majority of the world mourns, suspicion permeates as to why some acts of atrocity, which occurred almost simultaneously as the attacks in Paris, aren't receiving the same collective grief that now cocoons France. 

After Paris and Beirut, It's Time to Rein in Saudi Arabia

Inge Fryklund | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Inge Fryklund

After the carnage in Paris, Western governments turned immediately to debating the usual tactics for "bringing the terrorists to justice." Should we employ drone strikes, they wonder? Boots on the ground? Police?

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

How Words Are Getting in Our Way

Noah Kim | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Noah Kim

We often think of life as what we see and think and hear, but what does it all mean without words? We construct our social reality with language, and language in turn creates its own reality.

I Hate Fundamentalism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Ian Reifowitz

Fundamentalism is an idea so extreme that its adherents will do anything to see it succeed. Anything. Fundamentalism is an idea that cancels out any competing concerns, any other values or commitments. To a fundamentalist, the end justifies the means, no matter what.

Battle Hymn of the Blowhards

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

As many Americans sang "La Marseillaise" and expressed solidarity with the French after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, Republicans rushed to seize political advantage.

Catching Our Breath: Life After Beirut and Paris

Jack Levison | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.

Lack of Leaders in the Muslim World? Perhaps It's Time to Meet the Peaceful Khalifa of Islam

Usman Ahmad | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Usman Ahmad

There is another leading figure in the Muslim world, who along with his followers is forging a path of reconciliation in these perilous times. He too is a Khalifa, but the Khilafat he represents is very different to the one of ISIS.

Paris vs. Beirut: A Balanced Look at Why Our Solidarity is Lopsided

Rosemary Pritzker | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Rosemary Pritzker

There's been a lot of talk about how horrible it is that we grieve for France when we're not similarly frenzied about Beirut and others. On the one hand, that argument is totally right. Yes, we should mourn the deaths of innocent people wherever they are, in a far more balanced way than we do. All lives are equal, and all innocent deaths are tragic.