Easily the most dramatic sequence in a rather strong press conference performance today by President Barack Obama was his vehement defense of UN Ambassador Susan Rice against attacks by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
A beautiful girl is mysteriously murdered amid the winding canals of Venice. A handsome, arrogant anti-hero with unique powers of deduction is hired by a billionaire to investigate. No, it's not an upcoming book or movie -- it's the premise of "Moebius."
The truth about Egypt is that its recent restlessness is more about internal domestic issues and about a proud and awakened people yearning for freedom and dignity.
We respectfully suggest that you and your government spare the world any more lectures about religious insults -- until you acknowledge and deal with your own.
One of the most memorable images of the revolution in Egypt was local citizens forming a human chain to protect the Egyptian Antiquities Museum on Tahrir Square. Sadly, this followed reports that the museum had been ransacked and looted. What happened during those tumultuous days inside the museum -- and how is the museum doing today, 21 months later?
When the trumped-up passions of "Innocence of Muslims" cool, burnt-out buildings will be repaired, diplomatic dances will reboot. But who will stand up for the freedom to disbelieve, to criticize and to mock?
Once again extremists -- both the U.S.-based creators of the video, "Innocence of Muslims" and extremists in Cairo and Benghazi, and subsequently from the Arab world to Southeast Asia -- are the agents behind the latest flash point in a tragic death and destruction.
Romney leaps. Romney misses. (Or, "How Not to Exploit a Tragedy") ...
The shell shock to the West of the widespread demonstrations of rage against the United States, including the murder of an Ambassador, will taper off ...
In our two hour meeting with President Morsi, he made it clear that he wished to do everything possible to ensure that tourists returning to Egypt felt safe and welcome.
Romney could have been a statesman about the events in North Africa and appeared dignified -- perhaps qualified -- in the process, but instead he decided to be a braying crackpot. Anyone with a lapel pin and a pulse can do that.
The relationship between the Muslim fanatics who whip up into violent frenzy and the Islamophobes who incite them is very similar to the relationship between a violent and emotionally troubled school kid and the schoolyard bully who taunts him.
For as much as I've hailed the Internet as a powerful platform to connect like-minded individuals and groups in the Arab world fighting for their right to self-determination, today we are reminded of another powerful, if tragic reality.
Regrettably, Christian evangelicals have a reputation of standing on the side of exceptionalism and even bigotry. It's high time that we evangelicals listen to the command of Jesus to love our neighbors, even our enemies.
Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy, one of Africa's really compelling contemporary artists, and a leading voice in the thriving Cairo art scene, died August 19 of leukemia. She was 38.
If you have never been, now is the time to go. Tourism -- and prices -- fell dramatically following the Arab Spring, but tourist have begun to return.