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In Depth: Behind the Veil of the Middle East -- What Life Is Like for Women There

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.02.2015 | Women
Paula Froelich

You've seen women in burqas, niqabs, and abayas on the news -- but how many do you actually know? And what is it like to wear one all the time?

The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

Cyclone Nilofar: Another Whirlwind of an Event to Head to Karachi's Beach?

Mariam Khan | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

As Cyclone Nilofar, a category 4 super cyclone heads towards the north-eastern coast of the Arabian Sea, Karachiites with their adventure-thrill loving practices, make way towards the extremely popular Karachi beach-front, commonly known as Sea View.

Protecting the Gulf's National Treasure: The Clash of Social Norms in the Gulf With the Gulf Woman's Dynamism

Rawan Maki | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Rawan Maki

In the Gulf, women are dangerously placed atop the social pyramid as unreachable, fragile beings.

These Photos Capture An Omani Village In Transition

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

Oman: Foreigners Go Home...

Dorothy Zinberg | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Read More: Oman, World News
Dorothy Zinberg

If the government can introduce a humane immigration policy to protect the expats who have helped bring Oman to its current level of development while increasing the 'will to work' of the Omanis, the carefully measured march into the future will undoubtedly bode well for Oman. In the meantime, a long life to Sultan Qaboos.

Sur: The Fascinating World of Turtles and Dhows

Ankita Sinha | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Read More: Oman, Travel News
Ankita Sinha

When small baby turtles started to crawl over on my shoes on the shore, some falling, some barely raring to grip, I knew there was something they were...

The Bid to Dismantle the GCC: Those Who Benefit and Those Who Are Targeted

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Raghida Dergham

The GCC is in a predicament and a state of division, and is facing the shadow of disintegration, which is desired by Iran, Israel, and perhaps also the U.S. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's attacks on Saudi Arabia are but a part of the strategy to dismantle the GCC, to pave the way for the Iranian vision for a new security arrangement and alternative policy on Syria.

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Viator | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel

No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you take these places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.

The U.S. Cannot Provide Absolute Security for Its Middle East Allies

Shireen T. Hunter | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Shireen T. Hunter

The signing of the interim agreement between Iran and the 5+1 countries over Iran's nuclear program produced a very slight and, lately, dimming glimmer of hope that a process of reconciliation between Iran and the U.S. can begin sometime in the future.

DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...

5 Mind-Blowing Natural Sinkholes Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Ancient Mayans gave cenotes their name and thought the formations worthy of praise and sacrifice. Filled with ground-filtered rain water, the naturally formed pools of cenotes are super clean and clear, but also scrotum scrunchingly cold.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

A Flicker of Hope in the Middle East Is Extinguished

Marten Weber | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

After an Omani newspaper published an article that suggested that Oman was more sympathetic to homosexuals than most countries in the region, the initial euphoria among LGBT activists was quickly muzzled when The Week not only retracted the article but published an apology.

Oman: Middle East With a Twist

Kalpana Sunder | Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel
Kalpana Sunder

Oman straddles effortlessly between the modern and the ancient. I love the way that the developers have embraced Arabic sensibilities in building a modern nation: super fast highways co-exist with the intricately worked wooden doors.

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

Global Military Spending Drops For First Time Since 1998

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 04.15.2013 | World

STOCKHOLM -- Global military spending dipped last year for the first time since 1998 as defense outlays shrank in the West but rose in Russia, China a...

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.

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.

WATCH: Gas Rig Sinks As Workers Scramble For Safety

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business

Iran avoided a human tragedy when a fully manned 1,000-ton gas rig sank into the Persian Gulf last week without injuring any of the workers, according...

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?

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.

Muscat Opera House Marks First Anniversary, Aims to Bridge Omani and Western Civilizations

Sigurd Neubauer | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Sigurd Neubauer

Enacted by a royal decree, by Oman's ruler, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said inaugurated the Royal Opera House in October last year, thereby establishing one of the Arab world's most remarkable cultural institutions in the capital of Muscat.

Press Freedom Group Criticizes Oman

AP | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — An international press freedom organization has criticized Oman for convicting 20 activists, including prominent bloggers, on ch...

Paul Brady

PHOTOS: Exploring The Unexpected Delights Of Oman | Paul Brady | Posted 11.05.2012 | Travel

One thing that may surprise you about Muscat, the seaside capital of Oman, the peaceful sultanate on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is...