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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.

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.

The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Philip N. Howard

There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.

Lucia Topalian: Running An Art Oasis in Kuwait

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.26.2013 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

Mention Kuwait and you elicit talk of oil wealth, desert sands, and Iraq's invasion of the emirate in 1990. Interestingly, it's been a center for art and culture since before the aggression.

Abdulaziz Sadeq Spearheads Kuwait's National Youth Project Media Campaign

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.27.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Kuwait's youth are hoping to steer the country in the right direction through participation in an advisory body tasked with helping to set official policies.

Kuwaiti Tweeps Jailed for Religious Offenses

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Two Muslim Kuwaiti tweeps -- one Sunni, one Shiite -- were handed jail sentences for what the courts considered highly offensive language, since their tweets were sectarian in nature.

Transforming Pain Into Purpose

Dilara Hafiz | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
Dilara Hafiz

Hanouf Aljuhail is not your typical Kuwaiti woman. In fact, she defies the stereotype of a well-to-do woman who can live a life of luxury and leisure because she has chosen to fill her every waking moment with her passion.

Honor Sacrifice by Supporting Vets

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one. We must remember them, as a nation, through a commitment to treat our living veterans as well as they have treated us.

Women In The Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?

NSFW: Playboy Twitter Campaign Is A Strip Tease (Video)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Business

To all the companies struggling to build their social media presence, here's a tip from Playboy: Men will tweet to see boobs. The famed men's maga...

Racing Backwards Into The Future: Saudi Arabia And Kuwait

John L. Esposito | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Regrettably, recent religious decisions in both countries are unfortunate reminders about the hurdles and pitfalls in the implementation of religious reform.

"Arab Media Outlook 2011-2015" Reports on Current, Future Regional Trends

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's become an annual must read to take the pulse of where they are, but this year's edition of "Arab Media Outlook 2011-2015" (AMO) goes further to s...

Kuwait Makes Move Towards Radical Blasphemy Law

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion

KUWAIT, April 12 (Reuters) - Kuwaiti lawmakers voted in favour of a legal amendment on Thursday which could make insulting God and the Prophet Moham...

Man's Tweets About Muhammad End In Arrest

Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

A man was arrested in Kuwait Tuesday for allegedly Tweeting negative remarks regarding the Prophet Muhammad. The man, identified as Hamad Al-Naqi ...

Borat 'National Anthem' Played For Kazakstan Athletes

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 03.23.2012 | World

Wo-wo-wee-wah! Kazakh athletes were left enraged after a parody of their national anthem from the spoof film "Borat" was played for a gold medallist a...

Iran Tries Brotherly Love in the Persian Gulf Oil Game

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

With Kuwait allied with the United States and working more closely with Iran's long-time rivals in Riyadh, it's unlikely there will be any brotherly love in the Persian Gulf anytime soon.