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In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 04.02.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 03.29.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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.

Egyptian Ultras' Fight for Existence Is a Struggle for Public Space

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Militant Egyptian soccer fans, a key player in Egypt's almost three year-old political rollercoaster, are fighting a battle for their existence in the...

Fear and Loathing in Morocco

Avi Spiegel | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Avi Spiegel

Since the charges against him are wholly baseless, what then could possibly explain them? An esteemed journalist now sits in a Moroccan jail not because he did anything wrong, but because the Moroccan regime is bent on re-asserting its own authority, clamping down on any signs of protest.

Arab Myths Distort Understanding of American Policy

James Zogby | Posted 11.21.2013 | World
James Zogby

The West is still mystified by the Arab World. Absent real understanding, our public discourse and, too often, our policy debates are informed by crude myths and negative stereotypes of the region, its culture and its people.

Voting in Congress on Syria

Allan Topol | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Allan Topol

By virtue of its power, position, and principles, the United States, albeit reluctantly, must put on the sheriff's badge and play that role. Failure of the U.S. to do so in Syria moves the world closer to anarchy.

What We Are Debating -- and What We Are Not

James Zogby | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
James Zogby

As a result of President Obama's decision to ask Congress to support his call for "limited" strikes against the Assad regime, we find ourselves in the throes of a much needed, but still incomplete, national debate on the wisdom of U.S. policy toward Syria.

Public Diplomacy and the Arab World's Future

Philip Seib | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Philip Seib

The key to an improved future in the region is less political than it is economic. Democracy is a worthy goal, but it will be reached only slowly.

Setting the Tone for Transparency

Badr Jafar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Badr Jafar

Until we develop a culturally-relevant and widely accepted concept of what constitutes poor corporate practice in a specific country or region, we cannot develop mechanisms that effectively promote good governance and stamp out corruption in that location.

El-Baz: Go West, into Egypt's Desert

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Internal strife, poor economic performance, major importation of food supplies, and severe crowding along a thin strip of arable Nile land can only me...

Tragedy and Nonsense

James Zogby | Posted 10.17.2013 | World
James Zogby

The events unfolding across Egypt have all the aspects of a classic tragedy. The characters involved, each in their own way, have demonstrated that they have been unable to rise above their fatal flaws with the result being the horror we are now witnessing.