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March 27, 2017

United States
BP03272017 Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.

July 12, 2017

Qatar
Al Jazeera English covers the 2011 Arab uprisings at its Doha headquarters. How Al Jazeera Amplifies Qatar’s Clout

One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.

August 19, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Is President Sisi a Bulwark Against Terrorism?

There are very few people nowadays ignoring the growing repression in Egypt. Most recently, a new "counter-terrorism" law was imposed this week--but it snuffs out free speech more than terror. Even t…

March 4, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Common Sense and Courage on Egypt

Senator John McCain is a rare voice both of common sense and--because common sense on Egypt is so rare--of courage when it comes to U.S. relations with that key Arab country. Last week he issued thi…

May 14, 2014

Baha’i Leaders in Iran Mark Six Years in Prison

Today, May 14, marks six years in prison for the seven leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran. Their biographies can be found here, and they are citizens whose only crime is their religion. They we…

December 24, 2013

Egypt
Egypt Ends the Year With Prison Sentences

On December 18, Egyptian security forces raided the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), a leading think tank.  The timing is extraordinary, because foreign diplomats and human rig…

April 29, 2011

Syria
Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayers in the Syrian port city of Banias April 29, 2011. Syria This Week

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayers in the Syrian port city of Banias April 29, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) Amidst this week’s Middle East news one startling eve…

April 1, 2016

Syria
Play RTX27VZ6_EC.jpg Who Is Bashar al-Assad?

Experts analyze the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policy choices of Syria's President Bashar-al Assad.

September 29, 2015

Egypt
SisisStruggleForEgypt Sisi’s Struggle for Egypt

I have always wondered why leaders of foreign countries feel the need to publish opinion pieces in American newspapers of record. Who exactly are they trying to influence? The folks at the White Hous…

September 25, 2015

Iraq
Play IMG_4035_EC.jpg Assessing Iraq's Regional Foreign and Security Policy

Ibrahim al-Alshaiqer al-Jaafari discusses Iraqi regional relations and global affairs.