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The Middle East

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

David Oualaalou | Posted 12.02.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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.

The New Crossroads Of Travel

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 05.04.2013 | Travel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — It's 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a Uni...

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 ...

Secretary Clinton, Middle East Negotiations and Her Hair? Get Over It.

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

Secretary Clinton is in the midst of probably the most intense and arguably most important diplomatic talks in years, and what are some of the newspapers writing about? The length of her hair!

Netanyahu: Gaza Blockade? Never Mind ++ Grayson on Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Lifting the blockade is the right thing to do. But one has to question why nine people (including an American) had to die before Netanyahu came to the realization that the blockade was unnecessary.


Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

The fact that Israeli commandos were allowed to kill 10--and possibly as many as 20--pro-Palestinian activists aboard a small flotilla of boats, presu...

Arab Countries Aim to Improve Journalism Education With UNESCO's "Model Curricula"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab countries are making strides in trying to improve journalism curricula, but still face strictures, obstacles and challenges to press freedom as w...

Obama's Next Middle East Challenge

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

With the dust having settled following Obama's New York meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas, a sober assessment of what actually happened, and what may happen next, is in order.

"Mabruk" Mubarak

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Mubarak shares the president's goal of moving the Middle East peace process off dead center, and is well positioned now to be Washington's go-to guy in the Arab world, once again.

"Natural Growth": Netanyahu's Road Map to a Mid East Roadblock

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Unlike his predecessors, Obama appears no longer willing to engage in the vexing winking and nodding that has characterized American attitudes to Israeli settlement growth in the past.

UNSC Res. 250: The International Law Governing Israel's Invasion of Gaza

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

Like the boy who cried wolf, Resolution 250 has stripped the UN of any credibility where Israel is involved.

Israel and Gaza: Stop the Violence Now!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Israelis and Palestinians have been trying to prove to each other that they can survive never ending violence, an eternal occupation, and a perpetual cycle of denial that the two cannot exist together.

Al Qaeda, Obama and Pakistan

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Ayman al Zawahiri's unwelcomed reemergence from his cave today is a sad reminder how much the Bush Administration's failures are being dumped into Obama's lap.

9/11 -- Unfinished Business

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I write this so that our remembrance of 9/11 serves as reminder that we were once united in our determination to complete the unfinished business at hand -- to bring justice to those who ruined so many lives.