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The Honor Code and the Arab Gulf

Anastasia Hobbet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anastasia Hobbet

There is almost universal agreement that honor killing is un-Islamic. It's also illegal, yet it claims more than a thousand Pakistani women a year, maybe many more.

A Waterway Alliance to Protect the Straight of Hormuz is President Obama's Key to Mideast Peace

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Reprinted from The Washington Examiner Oil and water don't usually mix, but a native son of the Middle East has a suggestion for President Obama on...

Kuwait's Housemaids Need an Arab Lincoln

Anastasia Hobbet | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anastasia Hobbet

Until Kuwaiti worker abuse becomes a topic of open debate in society, between friends and colleagues, in the newspapers, online, at the universities, and around dinner tables -- as Abolition was in the U.S. -- little will change.

Human Rights Watch Kuwait Exhibit Sheds Light On Migrant Workers

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Recent history has given Kuwait a violent, albeit highly-monied, reputation. However, those unfamiliar with the tiny Arab state's class structure may ...

The Civil Society Movement in the Arab Gulf States

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

At first glance it seems as though the six Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies have no civil society movements to speak of, but scratching the surface unveils a complex layer of organizations.

Iraq's Remains of the Day

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Tonight, Obama will address the nation to mark the end of America's official combat role in Iraq. It is unlikely that Iraq's bitter political rivals will put aside their differences quickly enough to enable the president to announce a deliverable outcome.

Arab Oil States AWOL on Pakistani Flood Relief

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Arab states fail to deliver on their promises to support international causes, such as disasters, because they refuse to empower and fund the very organizations they helped create for this purpose.

Kuwait's Hidden Jewel: The Modern Art Museum

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

It has no official website, no signs on the streets directing to it and no paved roads leading to it, but once you have reached your destination, you are magically transported into a world that not many people know exists.

Soldier Accused Of Leaking Secrets To WikiLeaks Flown To US

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Army intelligence specialist charged with leaking U.S. military secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been moved from Kuwait to ...

Bradley Manning, Soldier Tied To WikiLeaks Iraq Attack Video, Charged In Federal Court

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — An American soldier suspected of leaking a military video of an attack on unarmed men in Iraq was charged with multiple counts of mish...

Middle East/Asia: Partial Reforms Fail Migrant Domestic Workers

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

Despite recent improvements, millions of Asian and African women workers remain at high risk of exploitation and violence, with little hope of redress.

A Letter to President Obama

David J. Cynamon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David J. Cynamon

U.S. officials are holding two remaining Kuwaiti detainees hostage at Guantanamo Bay, refusing to release them to the Government of Kuwait.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Surfaces In Belgium After Month In Hiding

The Guardian | Ian Traynor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The elusive founder of WikiLeaks, who is at the centre of a potential US national security sensation, has surfaced from almost a month in hiding to te...

Giuseppe Viola, Accused Ponzi Schemer, Defrauded North Beach Investors Of $17 Million, Police Say

The Bay Citizen | Elizabeth Lesly Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Most mornings for more than a decade, Giuseppe Viola sat with his back against the wall in the corner of Caffe Roma in North Beach. He always wore a s...

Critics Skewer Arab Regimes for Stifling Press Freedom

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The dust had barely settled following harsh criticism of his government, when Moroccan journalist Taoufik Bouachrine was slapped with a real estate and sales fraud charge and sentenced to six months in prison.

Where The World's Millionaires Are

DailyFinance | NIKHIL HUTHEESING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

You can't keep the rich down for long. Global wealth made a remarkable comeback in 2009, increasing by 11.5% to $111.5 trillion. That's according to a...

No Repeat of Kyrgyzstan in Arab states

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Recent events in Kyrgyzstan demonstrat how seemingly entrenched regimes can, in fact, be on the cusp of a coup d'état. Arabs have followed the events in Kyrgyzstan with wonder.

This Holocaust Memorial Day: Dr. Al-Fulaij Demonstrates the Only Thing Worse Than Holocaust Denial

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

On April 12th Jews the world over will gather to pray for the souls of six million of our brothers and sisters who were mass murdered by Nazi Germany ...

At The Arab Summit: President Abbas Slays the Dragon

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

During the latest Arab Summit held in Libya to discuss Netanyahu's assault on everything Palestinian in the holy city of Jerusalem, a rare and honest discussion broke out among the Arab leaders.

Oil and Music: Conversations With Steve Forbert and Tift Merritt

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Forbert discusses his apropos single "The Oil Song," originally released in 1979, and Grammy nominee Tift Merritt describes her songwriting process.

Is America a World Monster?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

When it comes to foreign policy, America has two choices: Either do what is in its owns interests or do what is ethical. Only on rare occasions that these two roadmaps intersect.

Arab Print Media Weather Financial Crunch Better Than Western Counterparts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Print media in the west may be struggling for survival but newspapers in the Arab world, which took a few hits, are nonetheless thriving and expected ...

Rank Hypocrisy and Transparent Double Standards

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

When Israel is accused, however unjustly, of any alleged misdeed against the Palestinians, the din is immediate and deafening. But when fellow Arabs are shown to be inflicting real damage on the Palestinians, there's hardly a peep.

Filipina Maid Faces Execution in Kuwait

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

In Kuwait, the clock is ticking for a Filipina maid who faces execution. Jakatia Pawa, a Muslim from a southern province of the Philippines was con...

75 Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release; 31 Could Leave Today

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

If the rationale for not releasing the Yemenis from Guantánamo was extended to the U.S. prison system, no prisoner would ever be released at the end of their sentence, because prison "might have radicalized" them.