In this week's issue, we put the spotlight on Egypt, where things feel disturbingly similar to the way they were before the Arab Spring.
The Muslim Brotherhood has survived three major crackdowns in its 80 year history with its reformist agenda in tact. Whatever happened, its leaders clung to the dream of changing Egypt from within and gradually. Until today.
The events of the past decades have been a reflection of the interests of the superpowers and the balance of global politics. The past few years have proven that the Middle East's dependence on international powers is no longer fruitful.
The initiative, however, is one of the launch projects of an interesting and ambitious new organization called "Izdahar," founded by Yasmin Tayeby to promote artistic exchange between the United States and the Arab countries, Egypt in particular.
Inner peace allows us the time and space we need to communicate with God, not in "I need this/please help this person" kind of way but in the "what am I supposed to do with my life" kind of way.
Neither Netanyahu nor Abbas has demonstrated bold and visionary leadership, which is surely needed at this fateful juncture. The Israeli-Palestinian annals are saturated with self-denial and resistance to the inevitable, and there is little evidence that much has changed.
As Tunisia and Egypt move a step closer toward completing constitutions this week, their experiences highlight the divergent fates of the Arab region's Islamist movements, resulting from the wise and foolish political choices of each country's political elites.
In Egypt, it's hard to find anyone -- or anyone who knows anyone -- who voted against the new constitution. I've only heard of two instances.
The U.S. government must stand on the side of human rights, the rule of law, and democratic progress, not impede or otherwise stunt such progress. If U.S. policy towards Egypt remains unchanged, we will be complicit in continued human rights violations, a totally unacceptable and untenable situation.
When it comes to the sensitive issue of Jerusalem and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Arab leaders have proved, over and over, that they will not budge under American pressure, and Abbas knows this well.
While those in Western countries may wonder what is meant by "transitional justice," in societies emerging from a period of mass abuse -- such as systematic torture, massive disappearances and crimes against humanity -- the question of how to address past abuses is an urgent one, particularly for victims.
Vacationers have always been targets for enterprising crooks, and the farther you get from home, the easier it is to fall for popular vacation scams. But these days, you are at risk for more than just some lost bills. Watch out for these scams from around the world that can put your personal safety -- and even your very identity -- at risk.
The approach of the Obama administration cannot be based on knee-jerk reactions to labels. It must ask some fundamental questions like: Is Assad fighting or fermenting terrorism? Is Iran an "oasis of stability" or an exporter of instability?
With multiple potential flashpoints coinciding, militant, street-battle hardened Egyptian soccer fans threaten to align stadia alongside the country's...
Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.
Make a wish and blow out your birthday candles. See a shooting star, stop what you are doing, and offer your longings to the universe. These are wish-making tactics for wherever you may be, but what of the places that have a strong history of wish lore?