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Ted Cruz: The Dangers of Not Listening

James Zogby | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

It is generally known that Ted Cruz can be a demagogue, a quality that makes him immensely disliked by his colleagues. He is also considered to be quite bright and calculating. And so as I have attempted to understand why he did what he did, two distinct scenarios come to mind.

Arab-Jewish Funk Duo Make Joyous Music Together

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

Chromeo, the Arab-Jewish musical duo who made a splash this spring with their latest album “White Women,” joined HuffPost Live for a chat on Thurs...

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

The U.S. Jewish Community, Amoral Familism and the Crisis of Palestine

Steve Koppman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Steve Koppman

Confronting today's Israel and demanding it change is not a rejection of Judaism but the most profound manifestation of it.

How to Make the Israeli Occupation Costly?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is clear that the impunity Israel enjoys plays a large role in its continued occupation and belligerence. Making the Israelis pay a price for continuing to rule another people by force and the siege on Gaza would have a positive result.

Getting Israel/Palestine Right: Thank You, Sundance

Gary M. Burge | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gary M. Burge

Whenever Hollywood has tried to dramatize the Middle East, it has generally fallen for stereotypes. Rarely in these films do we gain a sympathetic understanding about the Middle East's culture. Rarely do we see its humanity or its nobility.

Three Jews Visit Scandinavia

Seth Menachem | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Seth Menachem

Tensions are understandably high. The loss of lives on both sides is a tragedy. Thanks to Israel's Iron Dome defense, many Israeli lives have been spared. But Hamas keeps trying. And Israel keeps fighting back. And the horrible cycle goes on and on.

Fewer Americans View Muslims Favorably, But the Door Is Wide Open to Better Understanding

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

A new poll by Zogby Associates, a leading public opinion research firm, has both disquieting and encouraging news about Muslims.

'They Cry When They Shoot Us'

Howard Schweber | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Howard Schweber

A few weeks ago I was watching Israelis reacting with shock and horror to the idea that Israeli Jews could have kidnapped a Palestinian boy and burned him alive. I was shocked by their shock: Have they really not been listening to themselves for the past 20 years?

A Simple Guide to the Roots of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Rebecca Tinsley

Many of us mentally turn off when we see reports about Israel/Palestine. If you missed the beginning of the story, you are not inclined to jump into the latest episode.

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...

How Dare Israel...

Martin Lewis | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Martin Lewis

How DARE Israel be upset that the Arab enablers, spinners and propagandists have skillfully exploited images of the human shields that they cynically use as missile fodder to advance their anti-Israel, anti-Jewish fatwa.

5 Simple Ways You Can Help Create Peace in Gaza and Israel

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Living far away, it's often hard to know where to start or how to help. So, I began asking people with experience in the region and have identified five simple actions you can take today to support peace for people in Gaza and Israel.

Ode to Gaza

Steve Posner | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Steve Posner

Much of the killing in Gaza has stopped. All we have are remnant cries of mothers hunching at child limbs lost, of fathers sobbing at houses bashed, a...

5 Things About Islam You Should Know

Stephanie Meade | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Meade

With so much misunderstanding in the world about Islam, I hope these simple facts serve to redress some common misconceptions.

Arab Community Raises Funds for Israeli Charity

Anav Silverman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Anav Silverman

The Israeli Arab city of Kalansua in central Israel last week held a fundraising event called "A Smile of Hope" for leading Israeli disabilities organization, Beit Issie Shapiro and their Sindian Center, which serves the Kalansua community and Arabs from across the Southern Triangle.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

What Dubai Can Learn from Rome and the Korean Wave

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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.

Arabs, Bribes and World Cup Failures

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.15.2014 | Sports
Faisal J. Abbas

Whilst unfortunate, it is certainly not surprising that this is the second consecutive World Cup where only one Arab football team -- Algeria -- managed to qualify. While most Arabs probably wish the Algerian team the best of luck, very few of us expect them to deliver miracles in Brazil.

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...

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.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

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.

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Joseph Braude

More than three years after the broadcast debuted, my Muslim audience now finds it ordinary, rather than aberrant, to hear a Jewish voice opine on Arab affairs in their mother tongue. In numerous Arab countries, such a situation would be revolutionary--but in Morocco, it's merely one step forward among many.