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The Great Moroccan Debate: Marrakech or Fez?

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 12.02.2014 | Travel
Nicole Leigh West

In a sentence, if they were both cakes made with culture instead of flour, Marrakech's other main ingredients are fun, color and exuberance, while Fes is flavored with history, mystery and its own serious brand of medieval mayhem.

Jaweed Kaleem

Mecca On Alert As Hajj Begins

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

Each year, as the crowds of millions of Muslims who come to Mecca for the hajj continue to grow, Saudi Arabian authorities have stepped up safety and ...

Meccamorphing - the holy city of Mecca is facing radical makeover

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

For over a decade, the holy city of Mecca has been going through rapid and radical makeover. The majority of Mecca's ancient-to-millennial architectur...

A King's Warning and a Reminder

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Bernard B. Kerik

As Americans watch the events of James Foley's beheading, the growth of the ISIS army, and the implosion of the Middle-East and Arab Region unfold before their eyes on their television screen or computer, the importance or urgency of fighting this war is diminished by distance.

Morocco's Majestic Coastal Road

Karen Loftus | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Karen Loftus

As the gateway to Northern Africa, Morocco provides a rich and cultural backdrop. Along the coast you will see an African ambiance, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sensibilities, a European aesthetic and that definitive French flair.

Hajj Blog: Goodbye Medina, On To Mecca

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Being in Medina is like the prelude to a musical, hinting at themes that may rise during the hajj itself.

Landing in the Kingdom

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

This is my third venture to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina that lie in the western realm of today's Saudi kingdom to make a film on the Hajj pilgrimage. It's a privilege and a mountain of effort to do this work.

'You Must Visit Jerusalem'

Wardah Khalid | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

Funny how in life we are united with individuals who touch our hearts in unimaginable and meaningful ways. Our meeting was especially timely for me, since just earlier that day I was debating whether or not to venture to the Holy Land.

A Message To Medina, The Beginning Of Giving Back

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

This message to the Messenger is from Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Canada in the hope that we might come to know him more intimately, peace be upon him, and understand better the pain generated by incorrect understandings about him that manifest as crude films or violent protests.

Amid Controversy, Muslims Revive Old Jerusalem Pilgrimage Route

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- After decades of shying away from an ancient pilgrimage route, Muslims are visiting Jerusalem to pray at Islam's third-holiest site, the ...

Umrah: A Muslim Pilgrimage To Mecca

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

There is not a city that I have visited in the entire world that is more tranquil than Medina. And there is not a city that I have visited that hosts a more diverse gathering of people than in Mecca.

Hajj: What It Has Become And What It Should Be Again

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Millions of Muslims are satisfied to celebrate at home, while waiting for Mecca, Medina and Hajj to be freed from the grip of the Wahhabis and to regain their past splendor -- a spiritual, not commercial, illumination.

Working With China to Build Public Transportation in LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

A recent Transport Politic article notes that not only is China willing and able to contribute its national funds to foreign projects, but also that it intends to structure its investments as an alternative to the World Bank.

Ohio GOP To Rep. Betty Sutton: Vote Her Out Of The House 'Put Her Back In The Kitchen'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GOP operatives in Medina County, Ohio recently sent around the Spring 2010 edition (.pdf link) of their newsletter which encouraged their constituents...

Traveling in Morocco can Be Intriguing; Beggars Are Another Thing

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Russnow

After nine days in Morocco, it's been interesting seeing a different part of the world, especially after three weeks meeting with producers in familia...

Dowd: Non-Muslim Pilgrim in Mecca

nytimes.com | MAUREEN DOWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

I was told that non-Muslims could not visit mosques -- not even the one on the hotel grounds....

Glenn Beck Accuses Tea Party Candidate Of Being A 9/11 Truther (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Texas gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party activist Debra Medina has been creating quite a stir in Texas politics lately. Recent polls showed that sh...

West Jerusalem Tram: Palestinians Use Courts To Fight Light Rail Linking Settlements To City

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem's first light rail starts test runs this spring, with its sleek silver cars gliding across the city and promising to relie...

Forbidden Rituals At The Hajj

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

Since Shiites have no restriction on single women going for the Hajj, A Hajj first timer, Saju, is less than pleased to know that Saudi Arabia requires all women pilgrims below the age of 45 to be accompanied by a male relative.

Medina Hotel Suicide Bombing Kills 20 Including Somali Official

AP | TOM MALITI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia's national security minister and at least 24 other people were killed in a suicide attack Thursday in western Somalia, ...