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The Middle East

The Evolving Relationship Between U.S. And Iran

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Regardless of being against or for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal is final. The Islamic Republic enjoys the benefit of this agreement and Iran has entered into a better relationship with the world. So, the deal should not remain a one-way street.

The Poem "Sons of the Prophet"

Peter Reynosa | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Peter Reynosa

This is a poem I wrote circa 2005. It first appeared on YouTube. It is about how Western civilization and the Muslim world are clashing and what this ...

Midburn 2016: Israel's Regional Burning Man

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Taking place in the ancient Negev Desert of Israel during the week of June 8-12, 2016, is Midburn, the official regional event organized by the Israeli Burning Man community with 130 themed camps and 100 art installations.

The World Explained in Maps

Peter Vaughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

If you have ever wondered why geography used to be a staple of any decent education and why we are paying the price for no longer staring at maps, spi...

This Week in World War I: April 9-15, 1916

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.09.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

During World War I, the Allies engaged Ottoman forces on three principal fronts: Gallipoli, the Caucasus and the Sinai Peninsula.

Exploring The U.S. And Israel's Complicated Relationship

The National Book Review | Posted 10.28.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

He lays out the history in a convincing and non-partisan fashion, shows the recurrent themes and the equally recurrent misunderstandings, and provides a convincing path to making actual progress on some of the world's most intractable problems.

Only Two Explanations Can Explain the Confusing U.S. Policies in the Middle East

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Against this backdrop, the U.S. has undertaken and still continues targeted air strikes against ISIS forces. A basic familiarity with the nature of asymmetric war demonstrates that air strikes are unlikely to defeat insurgent organizations.

Poker-Face Meets Volcano: Invisible Force Fields and the Clash of Emotions in International Business

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.03.2016 | Business
O'Brien Browne

A significant yet under-researched area in intercultural business communication is the impact of our emotions on our business partners.

Speak Up, You Dilettantes

David Russell | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
David Russell

Democratic Party leaders had better get their collective talking points agreed upon and distributed to make their message straightforward: Democrats want peace and to get us out of the Middle East mess that the Bush Administration left behind.

Why Israel Is Such A Hard Place To Visit -- But So Worth The Effort

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

Israel is a hard place. As I flew over Turkey, Bucharest, Czech Republic, Germany (each hour a reminder that just getting there is hard, that my girl lives very far away) that's what ran through my head, over and over: Israel is a hard place.

Support the Peacemakers Too

Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Amb. (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters

We know that military means alone will not achieve our goals of peace and security in the Middle East. In addition to passing the AUMF, the Congress should take the far-sighted step of passing the Women, Peace and Security Act at the same time.

A New Year, the Same Path

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

2015 extends the crises of the Middle East. They impact the entire world, starting with the riots from 2009, continuing with the disastrous policies o...

The Chaos in Egypt Tests U.S. Foreign Policy in the Muslim World

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

how could the United States dictate to the rest of the world what to do and how to behave while doing the very opposite?

Illogical Logic of Our Iraq Policy

Munir Moon | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Munir Moon

We are back again in Iraq except that this time we are also bombing another sovereign nation, Syria, to remove ISIS even though it is not a direct threat to the U.S., according to Joint Chiefs chairman General Dempsey.

Woman at Work: Intercultural Complexities -- Are You Too Dynamic to Succeed Globally?

O'Brien Browne | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Businesswomen have to be agile, resourceful and resilient to excel in a male-dominated business environment. Of the many obstacles they must navigate, one of the toughest is the challenge of cross-cultural business.

The Watchman's File, Israel's Most Closely-guarded Secret -- An Excerpt

Barry Lando | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Barry Lando

I invite you to read the latest excerpt from my mystery, "The Watchman's File," specially featured on Amazon's Kindle again this week. It's the gripping tale of an American TV reporter, Ed Diamond, as he risks his life to to unravel Israel's most closely-guarded secret.

The Educated Uneducated: Is the World Too Much With Us?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

It's a schitzy time to be an American. Since 9/11, more and more we have turned away from our individual lives and instead have taken on, in an utterl...

Dog Ears Music: Volume 297

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Gram Rabbit, Dorothy Carless, The Easy Beats, and more.

The Amazing Story Of A Real Life Hostage Rescue

Thomas R. Combs | Posted 09.12.2013 | Fifty
Thomas R. Combs

September 1970. Within an hour of landing our C-130's in England, we were airborne and heading south. I stood in the flight deck as the navigator ripped open a sealed envelope and read it over the intercom to the rest of us. Terrorists had hijacked a commercial airliner and flown it to the desert somewhere in the Middle East.

Women Go Skiing in Afghanistan

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Adam Valen Levinson

The third annual Afghan Ski Challenge pitted thirty competitors, an even split between Afghans and foreigners, against the treeless massif of central Afghanistan.

A Long Walk to Peace

Gregory Rockson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Gregory Rockson

We badly need courageous leaders who will put the common interest above self interest. Leadership must be substituted for power.

Seeking a More Cosmopolitan America

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Paul Stoller

The lack of volition to travel overseas corresponds to a shocking ignorance about other parts of the world. Contemporary students are notoriously ignorant of world geography. Many of them think that Africa, for example, is one country rather than a continent of 53 sovereign nations.

Open Letter To President Obama From A Muslim Family

Kari Ansari | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
Kari Ansari

While I appreciate your encouraging statements to the people of the Muslim world, I couldn't help feeling that many Americans are not setting the example of which you spoke when it comes to our own Muslim citizens.

What Is the Arab Third Estate?

Uriel Abulof | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Uriel Abulof

For two long centuries, the Arab Middle East has struggled to meet the challenge of modernity, a task exacerbated by the lingering, and increasing, dissonance between the glorious past and the shameful present.

Everything You Need To Know About Libya

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Libya has become the latest North African nation to witness social unrest, with large-scale revolts inspired by demonstrations in neighboring Tunisia ...