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Beirut+ TV: Lebanon's Online Animated Satire

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's tough being a satirist amid countless known and invisible threats, but that hasn't deterred Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine and their merry group from poking fun at all things Lebanese via Beirut+ TV.

Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.

Asian Cup Politics: More Than Just a Game

James Dorsey | Posted 01.10.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Kuwait may have scored the first goal against Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup but when the match ended 4:1 in favor of the Australian hosts the message was not simply a defeat on the pitch. It highlighted the importance/impact of Middle Eastern politics on the region's game.

Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

2015 will bring about crucial and positive developments as well as challenges for the Iranian government. One of the tenets of the Iranian political system is unpredictability, nevertheless, projections can still be made.

The Year Ahead

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

As we head into a brand new year, the headlines are awash in news about our twin heartbreaks here in the Middle East. Oil is one part of the equation. The other is also commanding daily attention: I'm referring, of course, to the geopolitical drama involving Iraq and Syria.

2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Despite some of the diplomatic headways that President Rouhani and his negotiating team made and despite some of the limited sanction reliefs that Iran has received, the gaps between the six world powers and Iran remain to be deep to bridge.

7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. There is, however, much more to this complex and evolving story.

Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The seven months extension of the nuclear negotiations between the six world power and Iran will likely lead to a more complicated process as well as negative consequences when it comes to domestic politics and reaching a final nuclear deal.

The Nuclear Game: Win-Win Extension for US and Iran

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Unlike the interim nuclear deal, the extension appears to lack any clear key terms upon which prospective nuclear talks would be anchored in, or a final nuclear would be reached. By extending the nuclear negotiations, the Obama administration can save face, add to its questionable Middle East achievements.

Meritocracy in the Modern World

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

All businesses have hierarchies, of course - without order, there is chaos. But some hierarchies are more rigid than others. The danger for employees stuck in stricter environments is that they actually become accustomed to not speaking up.

Gulf Soccer Diplomacy Highlights Regional Divisions

James Dorsey | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf states have invited Jordan and Morocco to compete in future Gulf Cups as part of a bid to strengthen their fragile six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time that they have at best papered over deep rifts within the group.

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's military engagements in other countries, ignoring Tehran's determination for regional supremacy seriously.

If Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei Dies, What Next?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

There have been rumors about Khamenei's health conditions for several years. Nevertheless, in the last few weeks, more and more images of Iran's Supreme Leader are emerging, reflecting his fragile and weak physical condition.

BlackbirdFX: Lebanon's Rising Animation Star

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What do you get when you mix twenty-something Lebanese talent, animation, and a market hungry for high-end 3-D fun?

Tar Sands Trade: Kuwait Buys Stake in Alberta As It Opens Own Heavy Oil Spigot

Steve Horn | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogChevron made waves in the business world when it announced its October 6 sale of 30-percent of its holdings in the Alberta...

ISIL vs. Naif Al-Mutawa and The 99

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Naif Al-Mutawa is an old friend of mine who has created the wonderful Arabic/English language cartoon series The 99.

Will U.S. Anti-ISIL Air War Succeed?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The United States needs to articulate a clear foreign policy agenda towards the political and security instability in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, the underlying reasons for the emergence of such extremist groups will remain intact.

IOC President's Call for Transparency Challenges Middle Eastern/Asian Political Dominance of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 11.21.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Taken at face value, a rare acknowledgment by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach that sports and politics are inextricably intertwined should be a first step towards radical reform that offers a proper structure to govern the relationship.

ISIS, Oil, and the Economy

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.

Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.

Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

From Diagnoses to Dignity -- Barriers to Health Care for Transgender People

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

From being labelled as having a disorder to shouldering the burden of some of the highest rates of violence and HIV infection in the world, the perils of daily life for transgender people are multi-layered and can inflict substantial harm, experts and activists say.

Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.

Will Israel Attack Iran's Nuclear Installation?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Israel has previously threatened to carry out attacks against Iran's nuclear installations. Nevertheless, the major dilemma is whether Israel would realistically attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?