Sixty-eight years ago, following the recommendation of a decisive majority of the 11-member United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, the UN General Assembly met to consider Resolution 181. The measure called for the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states in the land west of the Jordan River
Her conversational tone pulls the reader in, so that I felt like a new friend she was explaining her customs to, and not an unwelcome voyeur peeking through a window. Humorous, lighthearted, respectful but not unduly submissive, Soad Nasr's book gives a glimpse into one woman's life in the Middle East that will break down stereotypes and create space for real understanding.
Certainly, looting has been occurring since there was buried treasure. But ISIS and its sympathizers have taken it to a new level. They are intentionally targeting the symbols that define our culture as a means to destroy our spirit.
Terrorism aimed at civilians leads to justifiable fears about our dangerous world. If we love to travel we need to continue to travel: exploring and enjoying, staying savvy, smart -- and comfortable.
Violent extremism knows no particular faith. It is rather a perversion of the human condition, and must be dealt with as such. It is important that we refrain from demonizing Muslims without cause -- not because it is good for Muslims, but because our future ability to eradicate the menace of terror depends on it.
Emigrating from Gaza legally is an option open to only a vanishingly small percentage of residents. And that's why some, like hundreds of thousands of others from Syria, Eritrea, Iraq and elsewhere, turn to illegal, dangerous means.
I'll pray that the politicization of death ends soon. And for people to recognize the irony of dismissing victims anywhere and everywhere based on politics, race, color and religion.
Caught between military rule and increasing violence from Islamist groups, there is less space for peaceful dissent. Perceiving threat everywhere, the government is becoming a new sacred cow, inscrutable and unquestionable even to the most established and unimpeachable critical voices.
"Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me." Journalists, academicians and activists at a seminar in Egypt this month would beg to differ, notably since hate speech by and via various media can take a life of its own and lead to untold damage.
In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.
So thank you, Canada, for restoring faith in democracy, citizenship and human rights. Thank you for making many liberals, feminists, multiculturalism advocates and human rightists proud. You have made some non-Canadians jealous, but this can be a healthy jealousy.
If MENA countries want to effectively battle the sale of their history to the highest bidder, they are going about it wrong and largely going about it alone. This is a regional crisis requiring regional solutions.
Under the leadership of President al-Sisi, Egypt is engaged in an unprecedented crackdown on opposition, entrenching the authoritarian state that so many Egyptians bravely revolted against in 2011. David Cameron -- who hosts President al-Sisi this week -- should not be allowed to brush these issues aside.
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has been pushing smartly and consistently for religious reform in Egypt. First, he started by visiting Christians at Christmas at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Cairo to emphasize the concept of citizenship and equal rights for religious minorities.
The regional turmoil coupled with the Iranian threat offers new opportunities for this revolutionary geopolitical change to occur.
Gamal Abdel Nasser was one of the most influential modern-day leaders in the Middle East. He took a hard-line approach towards Western domination of Egypt and the rest of the Arab world.