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Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 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.

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

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.11.2014 | 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 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.

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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.

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.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

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.

The Most Dangerous Four-Letter Word

Dick Simon | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Dick Simon

This word is used to isolate, to insult, to marginalize. It has a devastating impact on geopolitical and societal levels, as well as within personal relationships, yet we continue to use it every day. This four-letter word is T-H-E-M.

Best Films of 2013 -- Black Talent Thrives

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

The Iranian Agreement: A Possible Realignment of Middle East Politics

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

A realignment of Middle East politics? That remains to be seen, but it is more likely than before with the signing of the agreement, and one with potential effects that could go beyond the immediate Iranian connection.

Here Are The Most Tasteless Mascots You'll See Outside Of A Redskins Game

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.18.2013 | Sports

The Washington Redskins may be the most notable sports team clinging to an offensive name, but they are hardly the only squad in America with a monike...

6 'Easy' Steps to Solving the Israeli-Arab Conflict

Dan_Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dan_Weiss

With the Syrian chemical weapons crisis seemingly behind us, it is high time to tackle the most central issue in the Middle East, namely the Israeli-P...

Lessons From South Korea

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Having just returned from Seoul, where I attended the 10th annual Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum, I am more convinced than ever that the way forward for us as Arabs lies in contemplating the success story happening in the East rather than the West.

Defending Palestinian Human Rights, the Key to a Just Peace

James Zogby | Posted 12.26.2013 | World
James Zogby

Only when Palestinians are known and their rights are fully recognized will the US feel the need to press for balanced peace that recognizes the rights and needs of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Hot Israelis and Lawrence of Arabia's Bedouins

Billy Kolber | Posted 12.25.2013 | Travel
Billy Kolber

There is no denying Tel Aviv is the Middle East's shining beacon of gay acceptance. And while Jordan doesn't exactly wave a rainbow flag to attract gay visitors, it is one of the most friendly to queer travelers in the Muslim world.

Palestine and Israel in the New Regional Context

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

There is no magic formula, one-size-fits-all, or instant cure for the deep-seated problems in the Middle East and the Arab world. Transforming the political culture of the region, and helping it find its own solutions consistent with globally accepted norms, but without imposing Western models, is a generational project.

Invisible Victims

James Zogby | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

For decades now, Christians have been the "invisible or ignored victims" of conflicts in the Middle East. At best, the US has paid scant attention as once thriving communities of indigenous Christians in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have been attacked or threatened.

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.

Brown Girl Passing for a White Guy

Rolla Selbak | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rolla Selbak

Let me be clear. I do not look like a guy. At all. No one would ever mistake me for one on the street. But somehow, I find myself the only female in a room full of guys, talking about women as if I'm not there.

Who's Afraid of a Muslim Man? One Play Tells Who and How Come

Roxane Assaf | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Did you hear the one about the Syrian Slovak Pole who started a theatre company with a Pakistani businessman, then a famous downtown Chicago church gave them a permanent stage for plays about sex, religion and politics? Surprise: It really happened!

Erroneous Information

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I do not know what the answer is for bringing peace to the Near East, and I do not think anyone else, regardless of his or her knowledge and experience, has the answer. But this I am sure of: it will take patience and determination over a long period of time.

Modern Day Jesus: Would They Crucify Him Again?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

Why does the religious community teach hate and prejudice to the homosexual and Muslim communities? I love the Jesus that hates religion. I love the Christian that loves Jesus and lives by his teachings. Religion has become manmade and has shoved God's purpose into the dark.

Changing Perception of Arabs Through Tabloid Culture

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 08.19.2013 | TV
Faisal Al-Juburi

If people begin to understand through a certain amount of media osmosis that a person of Arab lineage can be one of two personality types on either end of the spectrum, then the hope is that they will also be able to fill in the rest.