As religion fuels conflicts in Burma, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere, the U.S. State Department has decided to drop its long-term opposition to religion as part of its diplomacy.
Sexuality, revolution, death, and love -- these are things that happen to us whether we choose them or not. Only someone whose life is so cradled in first world privilege can afford to deny this.
by Ethar El-Katatney Cairo - More than 1,200 dead in 72 hours. It's hard for that to sink in. It's hard to try and process, let alone analyze, the sh...
As the Egyptian situation continues to unravel, we are witnessing more examples of long-held views being shattered by the realities of the situation.
The arrival of Al Jazeera has been a refreshing reminder of what journalism as a whole can do, be it print, on the air or a growing method of digital communication.
The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.
Suddenly, I was thrown into a wall as the ship took a sharp turn. Then, I heard the words I will never forget: "We have been informed that there is political unrest in Cairo and we will be heading to Avir, Israel."
Looking around the Middle East today, it's hard to find one good outcome from the Arab Spring. So the question exists: Has the Arab Spring failed, or is it merely beginning to catch its second wind?
There's a lot be be angry about across the world. But there's also a lot to be angry about right here. A lot. And we can't keep acting like sectarian violence isn't happening in the streets of America.
Allowing Egyptians to resolve the current crisis and define their own future would normally be the most appropriate and longer-term constructive policy. However, it is evident that some on either side of the political divide are seeking to draw battle lines.
We must remember that there were three other Arab revolutions that followed different paths. And that was due to the extreme proximity of the countries where they took place to what constitutes the most important international issue in the Arab world: the ability to export daily a quarter of the oil consumed on the planet.
As a New Yorker I will admit we take the city's greatness for granted. We forget how wonderful it really is. The opportunities and the access effortlessly at our fingertips -- we have so much in one central location.
Journalists and government watchdogs are right to express their anger over the detention of Mr. Miranda. But we should also, as a media corps, shine as strong a light on these other journalists' struggles.
Shouldn't we try to force the issue so that those who support doing nothing in the face of the repression -- in clear violation of U.S. laws -- have to defend their position in detail, on the record?
The whole Arab Spring movement has woken America up to the fact that we've been propping up some pretty brutal leaders for a long, long time. Which leads us to the uncomfortable position of not having a clear ideological position.