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Washington-Tehran Embassies? Khamenei's Private and Public Views on the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Khamenei holds two stances on the U.S. -- one in private, and one in public -- for the purpose of preserving his legitimacy. When speaking in public, Khamenei's speeches and statements clearly characterize his distrust towards the "Great Satan." Khamenei does this for multiple reasons.

Inside Iran: Iranian People on Iran-West, Iran-U.S. Ties and the Nuclear Deal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Some ordinary people view the deal and Iran-West improving their ties as a sign that their living standards will improve. They hope for the possibility of reform and the advance of human rights, such as, freedom of speech, press, assembly, social justice, rule of law and democracy.

Gulf Canvases: May The Brushstrokes We Take, Light the Way

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Sarah Elzeini

For decades in the Middle East, art has been frequently divorced from the public scene. But for the first time in a long while, the arts seem to be getting more eclectic and freer.

Doing Business With Post-Sanctions Iran: Risks and Opportunities

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When it comes to Iran's economic landscape after the nuclear deal, major questions to address are: What sectors will likely witness foreign investment and flourish the most? Which countries are more likely to rekindle business and gain more? What will be the Iranian leaders invest in the most? What are the opportunities and risks?

Reflecting Before We Evaluate: Measuring Women's Development in the Gulf

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Gulf region, indeed, holds some of the most conservative laws in the world in comparison, and it is essential for them to transition out of this -- however, the reality is, very few places on earth have come so far and so fast, as the Arabian Peninsula in the 21st century.

The Least Crowded Theme Parks in the World

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Natalie Kalin

Take it from , founder of the Theme Park Guy -- an elaborate website that details his travels to worldwide theme parks--that empty parks are the place to be. Here he advised us on 8 of the world's emptiest theme parks.

Khamenei's Inflammatory Statements, Who Can Constrain Iran? The Muslim World

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

For Iranian leaders, their geopolitical, strategic and diplomatic ties with Muslim and Arab states are crucial since they desire to project the Islamic Republic as the front runner of the Muslim world, ideologically speaking. Iranian leaders are more concerned of being distanced and isolated by Muslim countries than Western powers

We Cannot Defeat ISIS Until We Stop Iran and Saudi From Pouring Fuel on the Sectarian Fire

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates -- The Saudi curriculum is laced with references faulting any minority that doesn't follow Wahhabi teachings, referring to them as "deviants" and "polytheists." And Iran's continuous support for its sectarian proxies has widened the Shia-Sunni divide and prompted Saudi Arabia to launch its current war against the Houthis. While both sides fuel the flames, ISIS is thriving in the fire.

Kuwait To Make DNA Testing Mandatory For All Residents

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

In an effort to curb terrorism and violence, Kuwait will soon require all permanent residents to register their DNA with the government. The plan, ...

Statelessness: The Obama Administration's Faulty Moral Compass in the Dominican Republic

Brian Ross | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

While Mr. Obama was having his "best week" in office, according to the mainstream media, the biggest blot on his time in office erupted in protest in South Florida over the Dominican Republic's drive to disenfranchise more than 200,000 people of Haitian descent and drive them into statelessness.

Sunnis And Shi'ites Pray Together For Unity After Bombing

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

KUWAIT, July 3 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any a...

Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

The 'Islamic State' Attacks Kuwait

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

While many facts surrounding the Imam Sadiq Mosque attack remain unknown to the public, there is much to say about the context in which Daesh targeted Kuwait and the challenges that Kuwaiti officials face in terms of thwarting future Wahhabi terrorist attacks.

What To Make of Terror in the Holy Month of Ramadan

Haras Rafiq | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Haras Rafiq

Many Muslims have taken to social media to express their horror that ISIS is trying to portray Ramadan as a month for jihadist attacks, when it is traditionally a month of celebrating peace.

Countering Political Violence: Tackle the Root Causes

James Dorsey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

European officials, describing recruitment efforts by the Islamic State in Bosnia Herzegovina, mired in a toxic mix of economic malaise and ethnic tension, reportedly fear they may regret having failed to tackle the country's structural problems in the two decades since the end of the Yugoslav wars.

Are We Living Islam's Darkest Hour?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

How much terrorism can the world take in 24 hours? June 26, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that pushed the limit. Perhaps one positive thought remains. It is said that the night is darkest just before the dawn -- I don't think our night can get any darker.

Powerful Display Of Unity At Kuwait Funeral For ISIS Blast Victims

AP | Posted 06.28.2015 | World

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Thousands of people in Kuwait took part in a mass funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targe...

Wave Of Terror Rocks Tunisia, France And Kuwait

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

A wave of terror attacks rocked three continents and left dozens dead on Friday, leaving the world reeling and authorities scrambling to apprehend the...

Selfish Gulf States Demand Special Privileges, Undermine U.S. Interests

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington's determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends.

Why There Is No Stopping the Funding of the Islamic State

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The governments of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have for many years funded anti-Shia political and military movements in the Middle East without any substantial resistance from the international community.

Iran Army Mastermind's Tactics and Strategies: Soleimani

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Qassem Soleimani, Iranian military leader, ideologue, and commander in chief of the Quds force- a branch of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts extraterritorial military and clandestine operations- has been coming out of his shell and becoming more vocal in stating his opinions.

GCC Business Leaders Remain Confident in the Face of Regional Challenges

James Zogby | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
James Zogby

The success of the economies of these countries is not only important for their own people, but for the millions of expatriates who work there, sometimes under difficult circumstances, and who annually send $50 billion to their home countries -- making this region the largest source of remittances in the world.

Lack of Media Context Skews View of Obama's Gulf Arab Summit

William Bradley | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

You'd think that more than 40 years of fixation on the Middle East, often to the exclusion of more important areas of the world, would at least enable sophisticated media coverage of Middle Eastern politics as it impacts American politics. But no.

People Must Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis In Syria: No Time to Wait for Governments

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Some 12.2 million people, more than half of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. A similar number have been displaced -- between 6.5 million and 7.8 million -- within Syria, and three to four million have been displaced on to neighboring states.

The New Devolution: Hillary's Troubled Launch and the Latest Drone Fiasco and Bush Antics

William Bradley | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Think of it not as a new deal but a new devolution, an ongoing decline of quality substance, concern, and even basic awareness in public life. With th...