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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…

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

It is not a feasible task to try and estimate the number of Jews in Lebanon today- some say there are 200 of them.

Lebanon's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections Candidates: Hope or Illusion?

Lebanon's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections Candidates: Hope or Illusion?

The proportional representation system which Lebanon is applying for the first time has spurred a host of young candidates to run for parliamentary elections, scheduled…

Loopholes and Clerics Endorse Child Brides in Egypt

Loopholes and Clerics Endorse Child Brides in Egypt

Nada agreed to be engaged by the age of 15, taking her mother's advice that "a good girl gets engaged and married early on". But…

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…

Confessions of an Ex-Muslim

Confessions of an Ex-Muslim

It was never my intention to become a professional writer when I started writing. Nor was my early passion for reading my actual incentive to…

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. …

Oil in Lebanon: Gift or Curse?

Oil in Lebanon: Gift or Curse?

In December 2009, a US energy company, Noble Energy, discovered oil and gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin.  The area, dubbed the Levant Basin,…