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The West Needs a Large Dose of Humility

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What we have today is a West that is retreating militarily and shrinking economically, yet one that still speaks as the lord and master in command of the fates of nations and continents.

The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Sarah Elzeini

As the Gulf region experiences plunges in oil prices, new goods and services are needed to diversify the economy beyond hydrocarbon production. Now is the time for both government and corporate entrepreneurship responsibility.

Still More Evidence of the Damage from Gulf Airlines

Rob Britton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Evidence continues to pile up to prove, beyond any doubt, that the hugely-subsidized Gulf airlines - Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways - are...

Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

Tunisia's Unfinished Revolution

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Few would dispute the significant advances Tunisians have made towards democratization since escaping Ben Ali's dictatorship in 2011. But these accomplishments have remained elitist matters, viewed with apathy by the wider population.

Canadian Salim Alaradi Faces Terror Charges In UAE

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.19.2016 | World

After spending 17 months behind bars in the United Arab Emirates, a Canadian-Libyan father of five has finally learned what crime he's accused of com...

The Gulf Airline Trade Dispute: Action in Europe, Silence in the U.S.

Rob Britton | Posted 01.14.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

As we enter a new year, massive subsidies to the Gulf airlines - Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways - continue, while carriers around the glo...

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Muslim Millennials' Views on Religion

James Zogby | Posted 01.09.2016 | Religion
James Zogby

Muslim millennials are committed to their faith; recognized a need for renewal in Muslim discourse; saw a need for a more visible role for women in religious life; believed that religion would play an important part in their country's future; and rejected extremist groups as a perversion of their faith.

U.S. Allies Acting Like Soviet-Era Dictatorships

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
Read More: UAE, Bahrain, World News
Brian Dooley

Washington's Gulf allies are looking increasingly like the repressive eastern European regimes of the 1980s. New Year's Eve in Bahrain saw a roundup of several key dissidents, including peaceful opposition figures and a leading moderate cleric.

Doesn't Get Better Than This: A Wrap Up of the 2015 Dubai Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'm seldom impressed with celebrities, but I have to say that somehow their stars shine brighter in Dubai.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

Muslim Scholars and Autocrats (Part I)

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Earlier this month, I wrote a long overdue post about the minority of prominent Muslim scholars who have been systematically co-opted as the religious face of autocracy since the beginning of the Arab Revolutions.

A Tale of Two Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal and Dev Patel in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.19.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I may sound like I'm gushing when I write that meeting the wise, striking Dev Patel and listening to a talk with the handsome, funny Jake Gyllenhaal were the highlights of this year's Dubai International Film Festival for me. And make no mistake, I am.

How Not to Disown 'Islamist' Terrorism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Reinventing Ibsen for The Daughter

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Henrik Ibsen's work is all about ghosts from the past that somehow find their way back into our lives and alter it. These days, his plays feel very contemporary, because this idea that those hurting then go on to hurt others is a concept we are surrounded by, especially in the Arab world.

The UAE and Qatar Wage a Proxy War in Libya

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

When the Qaddafi regime fell in 2011, centralized power quickly dissipated and Libya fell into chaos. A wide range of armed groups asserted control ov...

The Gulf Airline Trade Dispute: The Bad News Keeps on Coming

Rob Britton | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

United Airlines announced that in January it will end its nonstop Washington-Dubai flights. The news adds another proof point to the mass of evidence that the hugely-subsidized Gulf airlines are harming the U.S. aviation industry and violating the terms of the "Open Skies" agreements.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: The VIP Gift Lounge, Just in Time for the Holidays

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If you think I like gifts, then you know me well. I mean, I like giving gifts as much, if not more than receiving them, and the simple act of holida...

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Why Naseeruddin Shah Is Worth Waiting For!

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.13.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What a beautiful film, what wondrous performances, what a perfect way to describe tragedy and its aftermath for the survivors, without dwelling in pathos or finding a simple way out of its inevitable ending. You know, just so everything can be tidy and easy, as a less talented filmmaker would have done.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Women Filmmakers, Arab Cinema, The Peanuts Movie and Jacob Tremblay

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.12.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

My third day here was highlighted by a touching talk with nine-year old Room co-star Jacob Tremblay, an insightful chat about Arab cinema and women filmmakers with DIFF's Managing Director Shivani Pandya and a trip down comic strip memory lane with the producer and director of The Peanuts Movie.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Zinzana, by the Arab Tarantino

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately Zinzana is everything I dream about for Arab cinema. A narrative that moves away from the Arab Spring, the social issues and the looming dangers on the other side of border and towards creativity and a universal appeal.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Changing the Narrative for the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Extremism consists of a narrative laden with terror created by outcasts, and violence fueled by boredom. If you change the narrative, you can change the world.

Arab Billionaire Says He 'Made A Mistake' Endorsing Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business

Donald Trump's hateful proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. has prompted one Arab billionaire to take back his endorsement of the celeb...

'Movies Should Add Value to the Community': A Chat with Dubai Film and TV Commission Chairman Jamal Al Sharif

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with Jamal Al Sharif at last year's Dubai International Film Festival, and as the festival gets ready to kick off its 12th edition in a couple of days, once again in partnership with DFTC and Dubai Studio City, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate its Chairman, who is also the Managing Director of DSC.