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From One President to Another: An Open Letter to Obama

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Do you really expect Russian leaders to take your rhetoric seriously? I think not, Mr. President.

Insight into the Middle East's Freedom Deficit

James Denselow | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
James Denselow

The health of Arab democracy has been sorely tested after the initial hope and optimism that came at the start of the Arab Spring. Against such a backdrop Amaney Jamal looks to better explain what she terms the 'persistence of authoritarianism' across the region.

The 23rd Anniversary of Saddam's Invasion of Kuwait: Some Possible Lessons

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

It was on August 2, 1990 when the world woke up to the news of Saddam's invasion of neighboring Kuwait, a state tiny in size but rich in oil. Thus, a border dispute festering ever since Kuwait's declaration of independence in 1961 came to a climatic head.

Iran's Newly Elected President and His First Term's Significant Domestic and Foreign Policies

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Based on the ideological, career, personal, and political characteristics of Hassan Rouhani, his position towards Tehran's nuclear enrichment does not differ from the position of Iran's Supreme Leader, Revolutonary Guards' high generals, Basij.

Virtual Career Fair Connecting Servicemembers in Kuwait with Employers Back Home

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

The effort to help the men and women who have served the Nation find employment can be seen almost everywhere across the country. There are hundreds...

The 'Menace' of Social Media

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Shannon Coyne Senior Program Associate, Internet Freedom Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded last week to the burgeoning protes...

This Women's Ventures Fund Is Helping the Islamic Fashion Industry Grow

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

The billion dollar Muslim fashion industry today may be one of the most talked about subjects but what commercial activity is really happening?

Survived the War But Face Another Battle Back Home

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

With the war in Afghanistan continuing to wind down, more and more men and women who currently don the Nation's uniform find themself wondering what life will be like after serving.

The Cleric's Legitimacy and Iran's 2013 Presidential Candidates

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

One of the major reasons behind the disqualifications of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanajnai is due to the tensions between Rafsanjani and Iran's Supreme Ledaer, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Man Inside by Karim Goury: Imperfection as Inspiration

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The Man Inside follows Karim Goury on a journey inside the room in Kuwait where his father lived the last few years of his life, and places him on the path of several momentous discoveries.

Kuwait Opens Women's Sports Clubs

AP | HUSSAIN AL-QATARI | Posted 05.09.2013 | World

KUWAIT CITY -- Muneera al-Shatti has loved playing basketball since she was a child but it wasn't until Thursday that she had chance to show off her ...

A Blow Against Corruption as Oil, Gas and Mining Global Transparency Advances

Frank Vogl | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Frank Vogl

Shining a bright light on the global operations of major multinational corporations, including details of the cash they pay to foreign governments, will not end corruption. But, it is a very good start on a long and vital journey.

A Kuwaiti Woman Leading Development Efforts in Yemen

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Rahilla Zafar

"In Hollywood, all you see are women in the Middle East with a veil and covering their faces and living in tents. I laugh because that's not how we live, that was maybe 100 years ago," says Alasousi.

The Women Trailblazers of Gulf Arab Art

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The 20th century witnessed a string of influential women who have impacted the world of Western art from Gertrude Stein to Peggy Guggenheim. Perhaps unknown to some even in the arts field, a mixture of native and expatriate women across the Arab Gulf States have also played a major role.

Kuwait Art Museum Succeeds Where Others Have Failed

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

As the art world descends on the Gulf cities of Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Doha, each March visitors would well to keep in mind another Gulf city t...

Brides for 'Sale'

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

As the conflict in Syria rages on, with no respite in sight, desperation is hitting Syrians hard. And there are many around to take full advantage of it. But to actually receive a message offering Syrian brides showed me just how bad the situation has now become.

The Road to Damascus Is Fraught With Pitfalls -- for the U.S.

Claude Salhani | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

U.S. troops to help stop a civil war in an Arab and/or Muslim country? Hold on just a minute! Rewind the tape. The last two Muslim nations in which the U.S. intervened militarily -- Afghanistan and Iraq -- actually helped ignite and perpetuate a civil war.

The Conquest of America by Iraq: The Misbegotten Cakewalk a Decade and Countless Lives Later

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Doug Bandow

Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad to ask the Iraqi government to stop helping Iran support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Kerry received an embarrassing rebuff--so much for the Bush administration's celebrated victory over Saddam Hussein. This time ten years ago the grand Iraqi cakewalk had begun. American military forces were racing toward victory. The world was going to be transformed. But not in the way President George W. Bush and his top officials imagined. Invading Iraq turned out to be one of Washington's greatest strategic mistakes. Yet even now many of the Iraq War's architects are clamoring for more wars. America needs peace. War should be a true last resort, not just another policy option for frustrated social engineers and impatient internationalists. Wars are sometimes tragically necessary. But not in Iraq.

Why Bush's Iraq War & Obama's Drones Policy Have More In Common Than You May Think

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Ten years after the failed Iraq war, secret legal memos reveal Obama is using the same fear-mongering tactics of 'imminent threats' of evil to justify his drones program as Bush did to justify invading Iraq under his 'pre-emptive' doctrine.

Iraq Resumes Flights To Kuwait

AP | Posted 04.29.2013 | Travel

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi Airways flight landed in Kuwait on Wednesday for the first time since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the tiny emirate as t...

Twitter vs. the Emir: Tweeting in Kuwait Becoming a Dangerous Pastime

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

Increasingly, those in Kuwait who would use Twitter to express discontent with their political system or criticize the ruler (not to mention religion) do so at their own risk.

The Middle East in Transition: What Future for Arab Youth?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab youth are more concerned about fair pay, home ownership, and a decent life than democracy, according to a survey that analyzed data from 12 countries.

Why Have the Arab Monarchies Survived?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

To date, only presidents have fallen from power during the Arab Awakening -- no king has fallen from his throne. Arab monarchies are of course not immune to the forces that brought down some of their republican counterparts, so why have they all thus far survived?

Tweet Lands Man In Prison for 2 YEARS

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

KUWAIT, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, a lawyer following th...

The Arab Spring Comes to Kuwait: Will Democracy Arrive and Liberty Survive?

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Doug Bandow

Little more than a postage stamp in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait was long overseen, or "protected," by Great Britain, before becoming independent in 1961. It offers a liberal model for other Gulf states, but faces increasing internal political strife and an uncertain future.