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What 'We' Must Do Right Now for Palestine and Israel, Beyond Governments

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.

How the ISIS Peril Clarifies What Iraq Needs

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Rami G. Khouri

The news that many locals have not resisted, and even often welcomed, the arrival of ISIS should clarify the intense problems that existed between the government and mostly Sunni local communities in northwest Iraq.

Fragonard: The Art of Perfume

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.06.2014 | Style
Magda Abu-Fadil

Little did I know the enchanting fragrance I received as a gift sample at a conference in Menton was also the name of a painter who hailed from nearby...

Baalbeck: Marriage of History and Performing Arts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

The briefly displaced Baalbeck International Festival is going home. The world-renowned annual event that was moved last year for security reasons f...

Five Rules for a Successful Marriage (or So Couples Say)

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Rym Tina Ghazal

Over the past month, I collected about five broad points --that I dubbed as "rules" -- that were most often repeated by married couples in the UAE I perceive as "being happy" or content anyways

Radio Beijing in the Middle East

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?

Can Qatar Regain Influence In Egypt?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Nearly three years after Hosni Mubarak was removed from power, Egypt has become a battleground among regional actors with geopolitical and economic stakes in Egypt's future. It is within the context of Egypt's desperation for money from abroad that foreign aid remains highly influential in Egyptian politics.

Al Jazeera America: News We Need to See and Hear

Geri Spieler | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Geri Spieler

Al Jazeera came to the main stage during the Arab protests in 2011 known as the "Arab Spring." Broadcasting in English, the network was able to bring news of the unfolding events from regions no other network could access.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Wrapping Up: 10th Dubai International Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I came away from DIFF a believer in this as a film festival with a vision of the future of film, from the standpoint of aesthetics, technology and business.

Water More Important Than Oil for the Future of the Arab World

Sima Bahous | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Sima Bahous

For too many in the Arab World today the most immediate challenges are all-consuming. From the Syria crisis and its spillover effects, the difficult p...

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

What Happens When a 'Full-blooded American' Sends a Letter to a 'Foreign' Mom in Suburbia

Natasha Tynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Natasha Tynes

Last week I experienced my first racist incident in the eight years I have been living in the U.S. I have seen and heard of racism happening to others, but this time it hit close to home. It was an attack against the core of who I am.

The Masculine Attire

Mimi Raad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Mimi Raad

I tried the suit, in its strictest, mannish form, for a day at the office. Just a shirt and brogues. Walking down the street, I missed the sound of my heels. No "clickity clack" while walking, no swaying, no teetering. My steps were quick and paced like a metronome.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Jordanian Band Tour Runs Into Political Bumps

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daoud Kuttab

This week, a Jordanian band went on a tour that includes the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. But the popular music ...

Istanbul and the Intellectual Legacy of Ibn Khaldun

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

Across the Arab World today, we are witnessing the collapse of asabiyya and efforts to reconstitute and revitalize it as Arab nations struggle to cope with the dramatic unraveling of the Arab Spring.

Feeling Syria

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Phil Wolfson, MD

The wail came from his scorched mouth, "Why do they bomb children at school?" In torment from the burns, the crushed shoulders and neck, remarkably, ...

Palestinian Journalist/Author/Poet/Activist Fouzi El-Asmar, R.I.P.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the details one often remembers. Mine is the memory of Fouzi El-Asmar surrounded by piles of newspapers, documents, and books, at his Washingto...

Abeer Saady: Egyptian Journalism Dynamo

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

She's a ball of fire, constantly moving, talking, acting, fighting for journalists' rights, documenting events on tough assignments, traveling, traini...

The Evolving Landscape in Syria and Implications for Greater Kurdistan

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ease with which violence in Iraq and Syria has negatively impacted surrounding countries underscores the declining significance of borders throughout the Levant.

Germany's Arms Sales and the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.

Tackling the crux of the matter

Nafez Al Dakkak | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Nafez Al Dakkak

Let me state the obvious. The employment process is broken. It is especially broken in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where the region continues to lead the world in the percentage of youth not on the path to a stable career.

Egypt 2.0

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.03.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

While the U.S. can try to exert pressure for a quick return to a democratic state, ultimately it will be up to the Egyptian military to move the country forward. But its promise of a roadmap for reconciliation will face great challenges because the country is so deeply divided, and the Muslim Brotherhood will be more energized than ever.