October 28th Issue

“This region is not on my agenda. It is my agenda.”

"It is a common mistake among some Arab leaders to listen to their own voice."
By: Mohammad Salman Iqbal/Leila Hatoum IN 2004, one man stood firm in urging Arab leaders to introduce reforms within their states. Memorably, he advised them to “change or you will be changed eventually.” Six years later, a wave of national uprisings swept across the Arab world toppling several regimes, along with leaders who had refused to acknowledge the needs and demands of their own people. That same man is now urging his regional counterparts to invest in innovation in the hope of building a better and more stable future for their countries. “Nations that don’t innovate, stagnate; and are left behind in the race of civilizations,” His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Presid (Read More)

Inside Cover

The Ongoing Fight For Al-Aqsa

A bitter conflict between Palestinians and Israelis BY Maher Abukhater JERUSALEM— A group of people clad in traditional Jewish religious…


The Cradle Rocks the Vote

Umm al-Dunya, the “cradle of civilization” as the Middle East has it, heads to the ballot box By Safa Joudeh…

To Uphold an Oath

In an age of refugees, upholding medical ethics is no mean feat By Nicholas Noe Kos, Greece—At its zenith, Kos…

Down Time

Fashion Forward Dubai

A new contender in the ring By Arfa Shahid  Dubai is aspiring to fashion heights. But the occidental gaze of…

Of Hope, and of IVF

One woman’s story of her struggle to conceive BY Jumana Al-Darwish In solitude, I await my turn calmly. I am…