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

James Dorsey | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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 03.15.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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 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.

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 02.20.2014 | 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.

Heightened Sectarian and Political Tensions: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Shiite Coalition

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Hezbollah's determination to fight in support of the Syrian regime forces has led to a second set of issues manifested in regional tensions.

All the World Is a Stage: Will the UAE Play a Part?

Dayna Steele | Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel
Dayna Steele

There was one instance where I knew I had come dangerously close to crossing an invisible line. I innocently asked a question of the assembled tourists and international workers known as expatriates, or expats. The chill I felt was stunning, and I immediately realized what I had done.

72 Hours in Dubai

Clint Johnston | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel
Clint Johnston

Dubai may be known for skyscrapers, shopping and fine dining, but there is a little something for everyone.

Live from the Dubai International Film Festival: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having worked with the Dubai International Film Festival since its inception in 2004 - and as its managing director since 2006 - Shivani Pandya has ...

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Sunday, Dec. 8

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As a critic who regularly attends a couple of film festivals a year I average seeing four films a day and have been known to see as many as six in one day. So I have to admit I appreciate the more casual approach to scheduling at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Dubai Chosen To Host 2020 World Expo

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 11.27.2013 | World

PARIS (AP) — Fireworks erupted in Dubai after the tiny Gulf emirate won the right to host the 2020 World Expo, becoming the first Middle Eastern cit...

Anxiety in the House of Saud

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

So what's the Saudi leadership so apprehensive about? Lots of things, as it happens, even though none presages revolution, or even upheaval.

The World in 50 Years - An Energy Perspective

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Badr Jafar

If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.

John Kerry: Obama Did Not Order All NSA Spying

AP | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says his counterparts in other nations know President Barack Obama didn't order up all...

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Top 10 Marvels of the Modern World

minube | Posted 10.18.2013 | Travel
minube

While the ancient wonders of the world are indeed spectacular, this most recent millennium also has its fair share of jaw-dropping testaments to political, religious or simple human greatness. Here's our list of the most staggering structures hatched from the human imagination.

U.S. To Sell $10.8 Billion In Missiles To Gulf Allies

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.17.2013 | World

The Pentagon said Thursday it plans to sell Washington's Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $10.8 billion worth of missiles and mun...

Dad Beats Son To Death Over Bad Grades

Posted 10.10.2013 | World

A father in the United Arab Emirates who killed his son over the boy's bad grades has reportedly been sentenced to three years in prison. Accordin...