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Obama Fulminates Over China's Export Restrictions on Rare-Earths While Silent On OPEC's Collusion

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home
Raymond J. Learsy

OPEC continues to practice its restraint of trade scot-free, with nary a word of condemnation given the influence of oil interests, the commodity exchanges, and our incredibly oblivious courts.

Women After the Arab Spring

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Rana F. Sweis

Women were also involved in protests in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia. But their efforts and momentum have yet to be transferred into leadership roles that are directing the future of countries.

Muslim Players Win Hijab Battle in Their Struggle for Women's Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
James Dorsey

Observant Muslim women's soccer players won a first victory on Saturday with the International Football Association Board's decision to allow players to test specially designed headscarves for the next four months.

Migrants Struggle in the Shadows of Asia's Rising Tide of Inequality

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Michelle Chen

In both the "developed" and "developing" worlds," migrants' labor struggles are deepened by social alienation. In Malaysia, exploitation of Filipino and Indonesian migrants is rampant in sectors such as domestic work.

Making Repression Our Business

Nick Turse | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

As the Arab Spring, the Pentagon acted decisively. It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the region.

World's Largest Weapons Exporters

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Howard Steven Friedman

Not surprisingly, the United States is by far the largest arms exporter, with Russia being the only country with more than half the value of military exports.

A Dictators' Dead Pool for 2012: Predicting Crisis or Forecasting Opportunity?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home
Philip N. Howard

It may seem crass to make a dictators' dead pool. But given the murderous history of some of strongmen who might be on the list, it is not unreasonable to think through the means and implications of their departure.

The News of Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.03.2012 | Media
Robert Koehler

Is there a democracy at either end of the missiles, warships or troop deployments? Suddenly I'm back on the sidewalk with the Occupy movement, which has arisen to confront the corporatocracy and its subservient media.

The Royal Opera House Muscat

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Do not be surprised if a decade from now some of the most interesting arts projects in the world are emanating from a nation that many of us could not identify on the map.

Kuwaiti Netizens Protest Lawyers' Offer to Defend Mubarak

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 11.07.2011 | Home
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Using the hashtag, #MyQ8, Kuwaiti netizens are protesting against Kuwaiti lawyers who plan to join the defense team for Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia: The Buildup to Syria

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Turkey and Saudi Arabia sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, the first a Sunni state defined by its secularism, the latter a Sunni state defined by its sect, and yet the countries have never been closer.

Ignoring Realities

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

If we gave Corporate America the same tax benefit to on-shore instead of off-shore, we could cut taxes, provide billions to pay down the debt, create millions of jobs, promote exports and cut the size of government.

The UAE Stands Out for Its Civil Liberties

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 09.19.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Emiratis must not take the civil liberties that they enjoy as a society for granted, especially at a time when conservative Islamist forces are gaining ground in the region.

Kuwait Divorce Rate Climbs Higher | Posted 09.11.2011 | Divorce

KUWAIT: According to statistics published recently by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the number of divorce lawsuits filed in Kuwait far outnumbers oth...

Two Face Charges In Kuwait Over Twitter Posts

Posted 08.27.2011 | Technology

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait will put on trial two citizens for criticizing Gulf Arab ruling families on social media site Twitter, a security official s...

A Look Inside Saddam Hussein's Lavish Places

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.13.2011 | Home

Nine stunning palaces with molded ceilings, crystal light fixtures and a plethora of other amenities will soon be back in the hands of the Iraqi gover...

Import Prices Rise For Eight Straight Month

Posted 08.10.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Pedro Nicolaci da Costa) - Import prices rose for an eighth straight month in May despite a drop in fuel costs, with the year-on-year incr...

OPEC Talks Collapse With No Deal On Increasing Output

Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

VIENNA (Amena Bakr and Emma Farge) - OPEC talks broke down in acrimony Wednesday without an agreement to raise output after Saudi Arabia failed to con...

Under Pressure, OPEC Hammers Out Deal to Raise Oil Supply

Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

VIENNA (Ramin Mostafavi and Alex Lawler) - OPEC producers on Wednesday hammered out a deal to raise oil supplies for the first time in four years to s...

Gulf Governments Take to Social Media

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

In the past few months, the potential of social media outreach in the Gulf hasn't only been noticed and exploited by marketing firms but also by regional governments and officials.

Media City Gives Voice to the Arab World

Laura Kiss | Posted 07.25.2011 | Home
Laura Kiss

When the people take to the streets there is no stopping them. This is the guiding conviction of Sheikh Fahad al Salem al Ali al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Household.

An Expanded GCC: Challenges and Opportunities

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.12.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

As the Gulf Cooperation Council expands, the Arab world will be split into the monarchical and the republican regimes. Will this herald a new Arab Cold War or will the spirit of the Arab Spring us into a more promising future?

Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf: An Attempt To Steal the Show

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.10.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The governments of the Arab Gulf states have been skeptical of the Arab Spring. For many political observers this skepticism stemmed from the fact tha...

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice Insists 'Saddam Hussein Was A Threat'

Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with Lawrence O'Donnell Thursday night on MSNBC's 'The Last Word.' O'Donnell discussed the de...

Osama Bin Laden: He Had It Coming

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

For ten years millions of Arabs were held hostage due to the acts of a minority. During this time tens of thousands of lives were lost in senseless violence that only a megalomaniac would be able to justify.