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In Response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.

What Dubai Can Learn from Rome and the Korean Wave

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Arab culture, and certainly Emirati more specifically, is rich and encompasses music, dance, food and traditional crafts. However, we -- as Arabs -- have a long way to go before this can be developed and exported.

Crisis in Iraq Risks Regional Conflagration

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Political differences need to be resolved through an inclusive process within Iraq with the active support of regional players. Neither the region nor the world can afford to underestimate how dangerous the present situation in Iraq has become, virtually overnight, and how vital it is to contain and reverse this threat.

The Story Behind the Polls

James Zogby | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To pick one result, while ignoring this "big picture" is to "miss the forest for the trees." Pointing out a result is as easy as finding a number on a chart. But understanding the meaning of that result is the key to making sense of this or any poll.

Syria and the Arab Spring: An Interview With Gilbert Achcar

Danny Postel | Posted 05.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

We took his book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising as a starting point from which to examine the roots of the Syrian uprising, the nature of the Assad regime, the different shapes of the uprisings across the region, and the fate of Syria.

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana'a

Michael Shank | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Michael Shank

This week in Yemen - with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace - i...

Blair: The Neocon's Dead End

James Zogby | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

After reading and rereading the speech, "Why the Middle East Matters," I was struck by how similar it was to the "agitprop" used by George W. Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all.

Men Must Play Their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The culture that marginalizes women is largely the product of men. Therefore, the onus is on Middle Eastern men to be the first to demand and create changes in this unacceptable situation.

In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Filippouli

The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria is one of the greatest of recent decades, but in a world which gets so consumed with constant breaking news and the bombardment of all sorts of information, the electrifying noise of barrel bombs and the real cry for help are not reaching our ears.

Creating Opportunities for Youth -- The Way Forward for the Arab World

Sima Bahous | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Sima Bahous

This week the United Nations Development Programme is convening a forum in Tunis to launch a new global strategy that puts youth at the center of all ...

Biases Versus Realities

James Zogby | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

It is important to note that the depiction of the Arab's last century as being a "cauldron of conflicts" is most unfair, since fully one half of this period was spent fighting against imperial domination and attempting to remove the last vestiges of colonial rule.

The Arab World Has Talent -- Now Let's Help Them Showcase it

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

With the eyes of the world so often focused on the Arab world, particularly after the recent regime changes we have seen in many countries across the Middle East, let's give the world something else to talk about.

Human Rights: Iran's Crack Down on Arab Minority

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

In addition to the discriminatory laws practiced against the minorities, the ethnic Arab community has also been subjected to disproportionate exclusion from economic, social and political development.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

Reem Acra Talks Mode and Middle East During New York Fashion Week

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.15.2014 | Style
Tara Kangarlou

Right before revealing her fall/winter 2014 collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Reem Acra -- the glamorous Lebanese-American fashion designer -- shared her top five style trends for this season: iridescence, transparency, couture hand, structure and simplicity.

Rising Societal Tensions in the Middle East and North Africa

Tarik Yousef | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Tarik Yousef

There is a battle of ideas taking place within the Arab world, and it is polarizing a region whose long-term outlook remains uncertain.

The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

It is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes in 2011 of a new dawn sparked by the toppling of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were little more than pie in the sky. Nevertheless, the genie of inevitable change has been let out of the bottle.

Lessons from Arab Idol

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Nushin Arbabzadah

If such life-affirming enthusiasm for one's country was a part of Arab culture, then, I would happily welcome an Arab cultural invasion of Afghanistan.

Poems and Prayers

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Arabs and Jews have lived together for thousands of years. Our languages have cross-pollinated and we have developed a united mythology and set of traditions.This was all on display with the West-Coast premiere of Poems and Prayers, my third symphony.

DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...

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...

Saudis and the Bomb

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

If Saudi Arabia goes through with reported plans for a nuclear device, it is almost inevitable that Turkey and possibly Egypt would join them creating an unprecedented level of instability in the region.

Will Investing in MENA Technology Fuel Philanthropy?

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

What will tackle the biggest social, health or economic problems in each country? Philanthropic missions? Innovative technology? Or a version of Bill Gates in each region of the world?

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.19.2013 | Parents
William B. Bradshaw

Not long ago I was at my dentist's office getting my teeth cleaned. The hygienist, who has gone back to community college to further her education, had a grammar question for me that arose from a history class.