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ISIS, Oil, and the Economy

Milton Ezrati | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.

Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

The 10 Longest Non-Stop Flights from New York

Hopper.com | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

The team at Hopper has put together this list of the 10 longest non-stop flights from New York City; the ones that take passengers further afield than anywhere else, from the bubbling bazaars of Indian Mumbai, to the seething streets of China's megacities.

Brits' Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts and Shines Light on UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, British nationals of Nepalese origin, vanished in Doha as they were about to leave for the airport. They were in Qatar to investigate labour rights on behalf of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based group with alleged links to the UAE.

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.

Gulf States and Their U.S. Critics Seek to Shape U.S. Perceptions on the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Both Qatar and the UAE have been in the firing line for their treatment of foreign workers who constitute a majority of their populations but operate under a sponsorship or kafala system that puts them at the mercy of their employers.

When Asked If They Could Have Anything, They Asked for Toothpaste

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Rym Tina Ghazal

Clutching a teddy bear in one arm and a balloon in another, the little boy with a deep scar under his eye looked up and asked in Arabic, very gently... almost a whisper: "Khala (aunt) Rym. Can I have toothpaste for my sisters and I?"

Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?

Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist Sunni insurgencies in Iraq.

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

Think Big, Act Now for Nature: Unexpected Common Ground Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the Middle East

Sean Gerrity | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Sean Gerrity

Innovation, persistence, and an attitude of mutuality in the midst of intense sociological and political resistance is the key to creating more large-scale natural places that people will visit and cherish for hundreds of years into the future.

How UAE Water Aid Can Potentially Help 2 Billion Muslims

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

The campaign couldn't have come at a better time than this, as the Muslim World suffers -- perhaps now more than ever -- a horrid and unprecedented hijacking of our religion by vicious extremists who have done nothing for Islam except tarnish its image and create misunderstanding and hatred.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

These 10 Photos Show One Way Dubai's Migrant Workers Spend Their Day Off

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

How The UAE Is Mastering Happiness

The National | Daniel Bardsley | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

What is happiness and how do we become happy? This is the type of question, seemingly impossible to answer, that has engaged thinkers from at least...

The Story Behind the Polls

James Zogby | Posted 08.07.2014 | 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.

Genie Uncorked: Social Media in the UAE

Douglas A. Wissing | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Douglas A. Wissing

While millions of Emirate residents connect with social media, and UAE governments mandate its use, uneasy Emirati leaders have instituted draconian social-network regulations, leading to jail terms for errant SM-users, including at least one American.

Social Media, Sedition, Sectarianism and Sisi Grip #AMF14

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.31.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Saudi cleric says chatting online is haram" (religiously banned in Islam). According to Saudi daily al-Eqitisadiya, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a mem...

The Clusters of Light: An Oratorio About Islam

Teri Johnson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Teri Johnson

In late March 2014, I traveled to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to attend world's most elaborate oratorio about the story of Islam. This opening production was created to help change the world's negative perceptions of Islam by presenting its core values.

Human Rights Violations Raise Spectre of Gulf Soccer Acquisitions as Reputation Laundering

James Dorsey | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Reports about torture and abuse in the United Arab Emirates of British nationals raises the spectre of high profile Gulf acquisitions and sponsorships of European soccer clubs serving as a form of reputation laundering.

WATCH: Protesters Drop Thousands In Fake Cash In The Guggenheim

Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts

Protesters dropped thousands of pieces of paper from the Guggenheim rotunda this weekend. Hyperallergic reports that 9,000 "1 percent" bills of a sati...

Qatar Labour Controversy Becomes Part of Gulf Dispute Over Muslim Brotherhood

James Dorsey | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar because of its support of the Muslim Brotherhood have expanded to exploit criticism of labour conditions in the Gulf state in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

To Be or Not to Be Veiled

Bushra Alvi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Bushra Alvi

The garment worn compulsorily during my years in Saudi Arabia had found a permanent place in my wardrobe as I realized, on careful deliberation, that the benefits far outweighed its limitations.

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...

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.