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Against All Odds: From Iraq to Silicon Valley

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 08.13.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.

Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...

So You Want to Start An English-Language News Site?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Friends and acquaintances across the Middle East/North Africa region often ask for advice on matters related to journalism, media in general, ethics, and how to prepare young people for this very exciting and ever-changing field.

Arabic Online Media Ethics Guide Launched at Lebanon Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

All too often journalists and content producers make assumptions that can land them in court, in jail, or worse, in their own countries or while on assignment elsewhere.

Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Magda Abu-Fadil

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they'r...

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Morocco

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

So you're planning your Morocco travel! As they say in Arabic, Mabruk! (Congratulations). Now what? Well, before you get on the plane, there are some things you probably want to know.

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.

Obama Is Right: Close Guantanamo -- It's Anti-American

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While some Republicans are wont to decry anti-Guantanamo liberals as "anti-American," the only anti-American thing in this debate is Guantanamo itself. For it goes against everything our nation professes to respect and love.

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?

Cooking Cous Cous in Fez

Emily O'Dell | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

"Are you good cooks?" Muhammad asked, in the kitchen of a 250-year-old house tucked inside a dark alleyway in Fez. "My mom's an amazing cook, but...

Another 'Georgia on My Mind'

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.28.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

A walk down Rustaveli Avenue, so named after a 12th Century Georgian poet, on a cold January morning allowed me to appreciate some of the country's history, which my guide recounted with relish.

Leggo My Flashcards!

Wardah Khalid | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

It is better to focus on what people are doing and carrying, rather than what language they are speaking, learning, or what they look like, if we want to keep our skies truly safe.

How Actress Zineb Oukach Won Her Role in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Ilana Rapp | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Zineb Oukach, a Moroccan born beauty, is set to stand out amongst a male driven cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey in the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese film.

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie. Shemlan: A De...

Why I Am Proud of Daphne High School for Offering Arabic as a Foreign Language

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Elizabeth Denham

We live in an area with a great deal of diversity and however you believe, it is important for all children to know that anything is possible and barriers of all kinds can be conquered, even the barrier of judging those who are different from you.

Creative Entertaining: Hot Arabian Nights

Rana Florida | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

The last day of summer is just a few days away and there's no better time to gather friends and family for the final backyard soirée of the season. Pick a theme to set the tone for the food, décor and music.

War Threatens Palmyra, UNESCO Pleads for Syrian Heritage Protection

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's another urgent call to protect Syria's irreplaceable historical sites amidst the fog of war, loss of life and limb, and steady drumbeat of outsid...

Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...

DCMF Leads Charge in Middle East/Africa Media & Information Literacy Plan

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Qatar has embarked on an ambitious plan to ensure that public and private schools in the Arab Gulf emirate are fully media and information literate by 2014. It is also aiming further afield to reach institutions in the Middle East and Africa.

How One Man Uses Art To Make Sense Of The World

Mark L. Smith | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Mark L. Smith

I made Arabic as part of my "Hope Suite" of 44 works on paper. In 2008, I found myself surprised by a newfound hope for our country and wanted to memo...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Glory Years

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

Naked Neo Lladro figurines draped in mini bikinis comply with local mores in Sharjah where authorities have asked shopkeepers to "behead" mannequins a...

America Meets and Greets the World... in Mississippi!

Saul Gitlin | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Saul Gitlin

Established by the federal government in 2002, The Language Flagship is, today, a national network of 26 intensive programs located at 22 academic institutions and 10 overseas centers.

Roula Ayoubi R.I.P., A Valiant Lebanese Journalist

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.10.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

I met her once, but I already knew her. Roula Ayoubi was that distinctive voice I heard countless times on the BBC's Arabic Service newscasts reporti...

Ali "No Problem" Almarrany, Yemen's Inspiration Media Miracle

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Try getting on TV if you're telegenic with an instinct for news. Try again if you lost an eye as a poverty-stricken child from Yemen where even your r...