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All About That Brass: The Ukraine-Russia-UAE Weapons Triangle

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Yet there's something unsettling about this scenario, in which Ukraine buys weapons from the Emirates and Russia sells to and makes weapons with the Emirates. This thriving, happy triangle boils down to very bad news for the civilians facing a protracted war in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Opulent Arabs Stiff Syria's Refugees

Barry Lando | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

One would think that those fabulously blessed royals and sheikhs would be lining up to donate a tiny fraction of their vast treasure to the UNHCR's attempts to mitigate the catastrophe that has overtaken millions of their Sunni Arab brethren. But, one would be wrong.

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Lead Mr. Obama, Please Lead

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

If Mr. Obama can become the force for mobilizing coalition responses by leading both from the front and, where necessary, from behind with real rather than vague strategies and promises, IS is doomed. If not, this will be as a former secretary of defense famously mused "a long, hard slog."

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

One of the highlights of last year's Government Summit, an annual international forum held in Dubai designed to help shape the future of governments, was the announcement that the UAE was set to introduce drones to help deliver ID cards, driving licenses and other permits to its residents.

Keen to Project a Progressive Image, the UAE Picks Its Battles

James Dorsey | Posted 02.08.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Projecting an image of being politically and culturally on the cutting edge, the UAE carefully picks its battles. Participation in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has projected the Emirates as a military force to be reckoned with. Soccer is the Emirates' next target.

The Berlinale Diaries: Opening Night and Why Cinema Can Heal the World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.06.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'm all for films, as Jafar Panahi says in his latest Taxi, showing here in Berlinale: "All films are worth watching; it just depends on your taste." But perhaps I wish, deep down inside, as a human being, that our collective taste was just more about peace and love. Without so much blood, so many guns.

J-Schools Must Include Safety Courses in Curricula

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.02.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Both IFJ and UNESCO have been quite active in promoting the topic and have published guidebooks on how journalists can protect themselves in various scenarios that spell trouble. It's the belief that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Egypt Appoints Controversial UAE Hired Gun As Elections Monitor

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's efforts to lend legitimacy to parliamentary elections scheduled for this spring have gotten off to a murky start with the appointment of a controversial, reportedly United Arab Emirates-backed human rights NGO as one of five foreign election monitors.

Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.

Bahrain's Daesh Dilemma

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Bahrain must tread carefully. The ruling monarchy finds itself vulnerable to a resilient Shi'ite opposition and a growing current of pro-Daesh elements within the monarchy's political and security structures.

Meet Khaled Abol Naga, Egypt's International Treasure

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I need a hero. It's the reason I watch films, looking for what politicians, warmongers, our so-called diplomats and those giant corporations haven't given the world yet. And probably never will.

Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

2015 will bring about crucial and positive developments as well as challenges for the Iranian government. One of the tenets of the Iranian political system is unpredictability, nevertheless, projections can still be made.

Children's Rights...Any of Our Business?

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Badr Jafar

When Malala Yousafzai collected her World's Children's Prize in Stockholm last month, she donated her prize money to help rebuild schools in Gaza.

Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival.

Gulf-Iranian Proxy War Spills Onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran.

2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Despite some of the diplomatic headways that President Rouhani and his negotiating team made and despite some of the limited sanction reliefs that Iran has received, the gaps between the six world powers and Iran remain to be deep to bridge.

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Lee Daniels Has Been Brainwashed, Virginia Madsen Is a Super Heroine and Ahd a Real Saudi Woman

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of the Ordinary as a film may end up being misunderstood, but I believe strongly in its message of love being the one emotion that has the power to make us a little bit magical.

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: The Groundbreaking Dolphins, Paul Bettany's Shelter and Asha Bhosle

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.12.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately, each time we go to the movies, we, the audience, make a choice for better or worse cinema. We make a decision that influences what gets made, what gets produced, what is distributed and shown.

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Opening Night, the IWC Filmmaker Award and Virginia Madsen

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

As I write this, an elegant little crow has landed on the table of my luxury hotel room's balcony overlooking Burj Al Arab. Yes, it's like that here, a mix of celebrity, cinema, sweeping man-made landscapes and the best that nature has to offer.

The Doha Ajyal Diaries: Qumra, Closing Night and Salma Hayek on Freedom

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.07.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Movies change us, for the better or worse, lets deal with it.

Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The seven months extension of the nuclear negotiations between the six world power and Iran will likely lead to a more complicated process as well as negative consequences when it comes to domestic politics and reaching a final nuclear deal.