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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 07.17.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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.

LOOK: Protest Breaks Out At Guggenheim Over 'Slave Labor'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.24.2014 | Arts

Over 40 protesters took over The Guggenheim Saturday night, leading loud chants and unfurling banners over the museum's iconic balconies. The interven...

7 Places You Should Visit in 2014

Budget Travel | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Is Brazil on your bucket list this year? How about Haiti? We've got the inside scoop on some surprising places you should visit this year.

An 'Enlightened' Kuwait Boycotts Israel at International Energy Event in Abu Dhabi

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Karin Kloosterman

In another "interesting" move for the planet, Kuwait decided to boycott an international energy event in Abu Dhabi because Israelis would be there. Th...

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.

Can Qatar Regain Influence In Egypt?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Nearly three years after Hosni Mubarak was removed from power, Egypt has become a battleground among regional actors with geopolitical and economic stakes in Egypt's future. It is within the context of Egypt's desperation for money from abroad that foreign aid remains highly influential in Egyptian politics.

A Precarious Christmas

James Zogby | Posted 02.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

This year, as Arab Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised "peace on earth, good will to men" will appear, at best, as a remote dream.