August 24th Issue

MENA Soft Power

Meet the region's leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if the day would ever come when they, too, can have a female president or prime minster. I have often heard misconceived notions from western friends regarding the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa region. They raise an eyebrow when I tell them of a female minister or a female political activist in the Arab world. “So not all women have to stay at home and produce babies, cook for their husbands and clean 24/7?” a Canadian friend of mine once asked me. “Darling, you watch a lot o (Read More)

Inside Cover

Much Ado About Culture

Dubai Opera to enrich the cultural scene in the emirate and the region BY Aida Al Busaidy In a week’s…

Features

Guantanamo: The Outcasts

The UAE has recently welcomed a batch of Guantanamo Bay detainees, again! BY Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla In the largest operation of…

Where is Palestine?

Google: a bug wiped some names! BY Ben White Google was at the center of a storm recently, after a group…

From Riches to Rags

As the war in Yemen turned her wheel of fortune, Anhar found herself in jail BY Yasser Rayes The hardships…

Down Time

Iranian Rappers: Protect Ya Neck

Even in exile, Iranian rappers are still chessboxin’ with the Ayatollah BY Janine Di Giovanni It could have happened almost…