Arabs

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

Dubai: Bling, Bling, Ferraris and Slavery

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ritwik Deo

Athiraman Kannan took off his shoes and laid them on the carpet. It was cool, pleasant and fragrant as perpetual sun lashed the tinted windows of the Burj Al Khalifa. Next he smashed the air vent and started crawling through the twists and turns. He was 148 floors above the city.

America Weak?: What Syria Calls a Victory Is Democracy in Action

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

What dictators in that region can't fathom is how a democracy works. How President Obama could back down on the use of force because the American people and their congressional representatives didn't want another Middle East war. Such populist power is unknown in Arab countries. Yet it would be a big mistake to hold the view the US has chickened -out of the fray.

Bahrain: Power to the People... But Where Are They?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

The calls for 'Tamarrod' in recent months hoped to mimic the immense support the 'Rebellion' movement received in Egypt, consequently reigniting the m...

Syria: Will France Lead the Way... Again?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The French should come up with a plan, seek NATO support, and begin its operation. This would force America's hand at not wanting to be seen deserting its oldest ally....another "special relationship" one might say.

Bahrain: The Bigger Picture

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

In reality, Bahrain has an extremely complex political and societal fabric that needs to be understood. The vast spectrum of opinions consequently led to the formation of 21 political societies, all whose voices need to be considered to ensure change by consensus.

Scary: How a Blog on Anti-Semitism Generated More Anti-Semitism

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

Just before Easter I wrote a blog on the causes of anti-Semitism as an adjunct to a piece done earlier by Mehdi Hasan. It wasn't particularly controversial. Yet, from most of the comments received one can visualize how some racism spreads through a lack of current events knowledge, revisionist history and just plain bigotry.

Anti-Semitism, Christian or Muslim, Still Based on Ignorance, Envy

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

Current Hollywood hottie and A list actor Mila Kunis admits anti-Semitism was the main reason she and her parents left their native Ukraine for the USA some 20-year-ago. The curious aspect of this not so unusual event is that most Jews in that part of Eastern Europe were murdered during WW2. How could there be strong anti-Jewish sentiment?

Slice of Life in Israel: Jaffa, a Safe Harbour in an Antique Land?

Jason Holmes | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Holmes

To the north, two miles away, lies the friendly cosmopolitan Bauhaus bustle of Tel Aviv; to the south some 40 miles distant, lies Gaza. The ancient city of Jaffa has been caught in a warp of time, with a heterogeneous population of Jews, Christians and Muslims all co-existing in an atmosphere of modulated unease.

Gaza: Fighting Ends, Reloading Begins, Causes of Conflict Remain

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The latest round of warfare between Israel and Hamas may be over, but the problem and the roots of the problem still remain... the Palestinians are no closer to having their own homeland, Hamas is busy replenishing its now depleted rocket supply and the wider Arab world still refuses to accept that Israel, as Jewish homeland, has a place in the region.

Religion, Poor Leadership Remain at Heart of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

The fact remains that Israel is in a rather unique, almost no-win situation. It's the only country in the world surrounded by other countries seeking its destruction.

Instead of Camus Remember Fanon: Here's to the Wretched of the Earth

Tam Hussein | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home
Tam Hussein

When France was moralizing over the Armenian genocide the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan accused them of hypocrisy.

The Problem With Arab Culture

Omar Kholeif | Posted 13.11.2012 | Home
Omar Kholeif

I often get asked the question - "do you think Arab culture is having an international renaissance?"... Answering the question honestly, I would argue that contemporary Arab culture is in an incoherent and helpless state.

In the Shadow of Fiction: How Television Is Making (Up) Muslim History

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Muhammed, Simon Holland concludes, probably never came from Mecca, but from Transjordania; the Qur'an and its teachings are largely borrowed from local religious traditions, Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism; and it is questionable whether 'Islam' ever really existed...

Is Sacha Baron-Cohen Obsessed by Islam? And Why?

Tanjil Rashid | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Tanjil Rashid

Ironically, it is the critics of Sacha Baron Cohen who are blackening the reputations of those they seek to defend; when the overwhelming majority of Arab and Muslim countries banned Borat and The Dictator, they were playing to the racist notion that these grotesques were representative.

Shouldn't the Middle East Quartet Actually be a Quintet?

Michelle Moshelian | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK
Michelle Moshelian

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem," goes the old saying. The Arab League is not part of the Middle East Quartet, so does...

Why a War With Iran is the Real Threat

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The recent EU oil embargo against Iran follows the news that Britain, America and France are sending warships through the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran had threatened to close in response to growing sanctions.

Iraq - Heroism Amidst the Carnage

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The actions of the brave soldiers encapsulate the story of the Iraqi people as they struggle against the forces of darkness, extremism and tyranny that are tearing the country apart. It is a heroic story, so why hasn't it been reported by western media?

Iraq - Humble Advice to Its People

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, wrote: "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacr...

Illegal Immigrants the Aspect of Success Israel Doesn't Want

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

Israel's booming economy (it currently has a higher credit rating than America), its progressive relatively open nature and need for cheap labour are main reasons for the immigrant crush. Another reason is because it has the highest UN Human Development Index rating in the Mid East. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Development_Index.

WATCH: TV Debate In Lebanon Turns Violent

The Huffintgton Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK

The protests in Syria have caused debate throughout the Arab world, with denouncement and support in equal measure. In neighbouring Lebanon, the d...

The Ghost of Revolution Past Haunts the Arab Spring

Joe Dyke | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK
Joe Dyke

A protest begins in January in a small country over domestic conditions and democratic rights. Within months large neighbouring states are also in revolt, challenging the oppressive forces that dominate them.

Libya's Uprising - Part of the Arab Revolution

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Many Commentators on the left see the Libyan uprising, and that of Syria, as being different from the revolution sweeping the Arab World, that culminated in the removal of Zain El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt. Their judgment and predictions about the eventual outcomes in Libya and Syria are being impaired by this fundamental error.

Western Military Intervention in Libya - How Will It End?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Commentators on the left and right are confusingly comparing Libya and Iraq and deducing erroneous conclusions; they are ignoring some very fundamenta...