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'Nuqat' Dots the Art, Culture and Design Landscape

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.28.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're funky, they're traditional, they're 30-somethings, they're Nuqat (dots), and they're taking the Arab Gulf's art, culture and design scene by storm from Kuwait.

Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

Iran's Divided Domestic Politics -- Hardliners Reassert Leadership

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The smiles of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and his American-educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appear to be fading as the hardliners take back the driver's seat. Rowhani spent all his political capital on the nuclear deal, to which the hardliners are reacting harshly.

Islamic Republic: "Death to America" Will Remain

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The expectations that Western-Iran diplomatic relationships are improving was somewhat shattered when recently an overwhelming majority of Iranian lawmakers and parliamentarians stated that the Islamic Republic will not abandon the inflammatory slogan of "Death to America."

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Shut the Artifacts-for-Arms Market Doors

Greg Werkheiser | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Greg Werkheiser

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.

Khamenei's New Nuclear Conditions -- Khamenei Playing the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has masterfully sniffed out the weaknesses of President Obama and his administration, and the revelation of his new conditions on the nuclear deal suggests that Khamenei is ready to milk the administration more and obtain more concessions.

No, Arab Gulf Countries Are Not Taking in Refugees

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

While the Arab states of the GCC might not have officially resettled any of the Syrian refugees, it would be incorrect to say that Arab states have not received any of the millions of Syrians who have been displaced since the civil war began.

2022 World Cup Sparks Labour Reform, Just Not in Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted other Gulf states and prompted other activists to focus on high-profile construction projects like sites for Western museums and universities in the UAE. It also motivated countries across the region to tinker with their labour systems.

Iran and U.S. to Intensify Tactical Cooperation

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since the U.S does not have clear and detailed policy towards the conflicts in the Middle East, and since the U.S policy is currently anchored in the wait-and-see foreign policy, Washington is more willing to delegate the task of fighting the Islamic State or resolving the crisis in Syria and Yemen, to Tehran and Moscow or other nations.

Iran is Offering to Resolve Yemen's War; The Agenda?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.26.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic objectives.

Business: EU and Its Comanies Helping IRGC Terror

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them, however, it will lead to long-term severe economic and geopolitical consequences that will have a grave affect on EU economic, national, and geopolitical interests.

Iran Married to Both Assad and the Alawite State

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.13.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Assad is not only an individual who can be replaced by someone else, but he is an indispensable part of the Syrian state; he embodies the domination of Alawite in the political establishment. The removal of Assad from power will be a strong blow to the Syrian government, and a moral boost to the oppositional and rebel groups.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

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.