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The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

Despite Iraq’s longstanding history, being part of the U.S. plan to manufacture a Western-style democracy by military force has brought this country’s identity and territorial…

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

In a narrow street packed with pedestrians and small shops stacked shoulder to shoulder, where voices of vendors mix with the conversations of patrons, a…

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Those who know little about Asmahan would be surprised to learn that she only lived for twenty-seven years. In the few pictures of her, and…

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

If the prospect of obtaining contraceptives is not daunting enough for a woman in the Arab world, the prospect of getting an abortion are certainly daunting. …

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Ashraf, with his handsome features and candid smile, has become the target of accusations among his friends of being the harbinger of bad luck to…

Takfiri Islam: Muslims violating Muslims

Takfiri Islam: Muslims violating Muslims

Recently, there has been much talk about so-called Takfiris – extremist Islamists who declare their opponents as apostates. But most of the discourse on Takfiris…

The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

Armed with an arsenal of fatwas [religious edicts], a number of Saudi sheikhs gathered forces to launch a campaign aiming to revile singing, and by…

Considering Converting to Another Religion in Egypt? Think Again

Considering Converting to Another Religion in Egypt? Think Again

Presumably, religion is a private affair, concerning only the believer and his/her deity. In Egypt, however, this is hardly the case, and in no instance…

Arab-Iranian Relations: A Past That Hampers The Future

Arab-Iranian Relations: A Past That Hampers The Future

“Arabi ‘Ilm Ast, Parsi Shikar Ast”, Arabic is knowledge but Persian is sweetness, goes a famous Iranian saying. We Arabs and Iranians are close, yet…