Before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United States must understand several basic facts that seemed to have eluded the architects of the war of 2003 -- an invasion that ultimately set Iraq up for its present dilemmas.
Pricing by Qatari entities holding World Cup rights for the Middle East and North Africa, including Al Jazeera's belN Sports channel, puts broadcasts beyond the reach of many football fans in the region.
Reading Maimonides in Beirut reminded me that beyond right and wrong, reason and faith, belief and unbelief, we are perhaps most alive and wise when we strive to become conscious of the "self."
The movement for international LGBT rights is not going to be won overnight. And while meetings in Stockholm or Washington, D.C. are important, the real work is being done by the on-the-ground activists in countries like Uganda, India, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Russia, many of whom risk their lives on a day-to-day basis.
The bombings alone didn't force Anout and her family to flee their home in a small Syrian town near the border with Iraq. Nor did the missile attacks. Nor the scarcity of food, the closing of all the schools, the loss of electricity. Anout's family -- two boys and three girls -- endured all of it.
What happened in Iraq this week is shocking. The second collapse of the Iraqi army is reminiscent of its first collapse at the hands of former President Saddam Hussein in particular, when he left it in tatters on the roads without informing the army that he had lost the war.
To pick one result, while ignoring this "big picture" is to "miss the forest for the trees." Pointing out a result is as easy as finding a number on a chart. But understanding the meaning of that result is the key to making sense of this or any poll.
The difference between the Egyptian and Syrian presidential elections this week is that the first has revived Egypt as a leading nation in the regional balance of power, with an Arab decision and Arab support, while the second has taken Syria out of the Arab mainstream and made it a satellite of Iran in the regional balance of power.
"Saudi cleric says chatting online is haram" (religiously banned in Islam). According to Saudi daily al-Eqitisadiya, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a mem...
What President Obama has not been able to achieve in the past six years is to convince his people and the world that his foreign policy is sound, and that it serves U.S. interests and the cause of America's international leadership.
The moderate reformist President Hassan Rohani's defense of freedoms does not please the hardliners, the actual rulers of Iran. The battle for power there is ongoing, and internal tensions are raging, but for the time being, Iran remains under the control of the mullahs' regime, and will not celebrate any time soon gaining the freedoms that have been prohibited for over three decades and a half.
Usually in elections, the voters' central dilemma is deciding whether to vote for candidate 'A', 'B', or even 'C'. However, in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, voters and organizing blocs are revisiting the dilemma they faced in their 2012 elections.
Egypt's election, together with the others, only underscores the shattered hopes for democratic empowerment that facile Western commentators had once cheered as an "Arab spring."
At Cannes, announcements are made, bonds are created and, my favorite part, I get to reconnect with some of my favorite people -- exactly what happened with Alaa Karkouti, when we sat outside, across from the Palais de Festival and he caught me up on all the excitement that is to come for MAD Solutions.
In the spirit of honoring mothers every day, not just on mother's day, I asked individuals from around the world to share with me, wisdoms from their mothers. Not surprisingly, they confirm how unrelenting and influential our mothers are globally.
A few months ago, for Abu Dhabi magazine Shawati', I caught up with Gianluca Chakra, the talent and mind behind Front Row Filmed Entertainment, one of the leading distributors in the Middle East.