From Reassurance to Shared Interests: Bridging the Gulf at the Riyadh Summit

President Barack Obama’s meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Saudi Arabia this week is a previously scheduled follow-up to last year’s Camp David meeting, which notably secured the Gulf states’ passive endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal. There is no comparable deliverable expected this week, and the case for low… Continue reading From Reassurance to Shared Interests: Bridging the Gulf at the Riyadh Summit

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Mosul: First Eid Without Daesh

MOSUL, Iraq, June 28- People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Daesh in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over. Children gathered in squares on the eastern side of the city. Some… Continue reading Mosul: First Eid Without Daesh

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A Hole in Time

We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do everything we can to preserve the history of our world; a history… Continue reading A Hole in Time

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Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

One in three women worldwide has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. If nothing else, this shocking reality reveals how prevalent gender-based violence is in our lives. This human rights violation exists in every country, culture, context. In the Arab region, gender-based violence exists in many forms… Continue reading Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

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Lebanon: Bee Epidemic

Climate change has shifted the ecology of land and sea. It has affected both fauna and flora, and has harmed hundreds, if not thousands, of living species, including the main insect responsible for our planet’s food security: The bee. But is it really just climate change that is killing our planet and its delicate organisms?… Continue reading Lebanon: Bee Epidemic

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Egypt: A Faltering Revolution

I remember all too clearly the day I met Bassem Sabry. We’d been in touch over social media for quite a while; we had many friends in common, but our paths had never crossed in person. Social media in Egypt, in 2012, was already a window into another world—an exceptionally narrow universe—but one that allowed… Continue reading Egypt: A Faltering Revolution

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Nuclear War Without a War

There are compelling reasons to end production and use of the nuclear material. There is enough highly enriched uranium on hand to fuel non-weapon uses of the fissile material for a century. To be sure, when nuclear goes wrong, it really, really goes wrong. There is huge increase in the number of cancer patients along… Continue reading Nuclear War Without a War

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MI5 to Investigate How it Dealt with Warnings on Manchester Suicide Bomber

LONDON, May 29 – Britain’s MI5 is to hold an inquiry into how it dealt with public warnings that the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi posed a potential threat, the BBC reported on Monday. MI5 was alerted to Abedi’s extremist views at least three times, the BBC said. It is highly unusual for British authorities… Continue reading MI5 to Investigate How it Dealt with Warnings on Manchester Suicide Bomber

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Lebanon’s Restaurant Ad Features Same-Sex Couple

A Crepaway ad has caught people’s attention on social media. Titled “Come As You Are,” it takes the phrase to a whole other level with some taboo-breaking as Crepaway features a same-sex couple for the first time ever in an ad made for a Lebanese company. The ad was shared on the restaurant’s social media platforms early… Continue reading Lebanon’s Restaurant Ad Features Same-Sex Couple

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How The Settlers Won

Har Bracha is a Jewish business situated near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Established in 2004, its location offers spectacular views. With an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) jeep parked outside, owner Nir Lavi recently told me that he was proud of his livelihood cultivating grapes, because it proved that anti-Semitism would always fail. “European… Continue reading How The Settlers Won

How a Hashtag on Wednesdays is Fighting Iran’s Dress Code for Women

BEIRUT, June 28 – Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in Iran wearing white headscarves or white clothing as part of a growing online protest. To campaign against the obligatory wearing of headscarves – or hijabs –… Continue reading How a Hashtag on Wednesdays is Fighting Iran’s Dress Code for Women

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Baloo the Syrian brown bear

Baloo the Syrian brown bear, does not know if it had any relatives living in the Lebanese wilderness. In fact, Baloo, 18, and his wife Teddy, 13, have been living alone for over a decade now, in a small house fenced with iron bars. But, despite living together for over 10 years, Baloo and Teddy have… Continue reading Baloo the Syrian brown bear

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Mankind’s Latest Evolution

Human advancement throughout history can largely be credited to our ability to invent machines that increase our productivity and efficiency. Those tools allowed us to overcome the physical limitations of the human body and that of the animals we used, and as a result, territories were conquered, societies reshaped, and the dream of economic prosperity… Continue reading Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Mankind’s Latest Evolution

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Business Outlook: Sustainable Energy Finance

For the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), climate change isn’t some abstract concept. It’s happening now. Drought, rising temperature, and dwindling water supplies have already begun to affect the region and, as global temperatures continue to rise, things are expected to get worse. It’s against that backdrop that world leaders met… Continue reading Business Outlook: Sustainable Energy Finance

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The Cave People of Palestine

On a remote, barren hill overlooking Jordan Valley in the south of Palestine, Fadel Hamamdeh had set up a home in a cave. Hamamdeh, his wife and five children had been living in the cave since the Israeli military authorities told them that their two-room metal shed (for them, their house) —built not far from… Continue reading The Cave People of Palestine

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Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable of producing… Continue reading Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

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In the Line of Duty

Sometime ago, before writing an article on civil-military relations, I decided to do a simple experiment. I asked whoever I met that day to name Pakistan’s air force and navy chiefs. Except one, a former army officer, no one could. Even the officer paused a little before naming the navy chief. All of them, however,… Continue reading In the Line of Duty

A Headless State

For most people in the Middle East, the prospect that Lebanon might finally install a president after more than a year and a half of political deadlock probably passed with little notice. After all, there are much bigger problems to worry about: The region is on fire, with multiple expanding insurgencies, an accelerating socio-economic breakdown… Continue reading A Headless State

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