Opinion & Commentary

  • 19 Sep 2017

    Algeria: Something Is Not Right Happened in Raïs

    Algeria: Something Is Not Right Happened in Raïs In Algeria politics is not local, but vocal, therefore the nights of horror of August and September, 1997, still haunt the dreams of the population. By Abdennour Toumi About 18 miles south of Algiers located in the countryside of the Municipality of Sidi-Moussa, a massacre took place...

  • 16 Sep 2017

    Kennedy promises to uphold Arab, Muslim rights

    Kennedy promises to uphold Arab, Muslim rights Illinois gubernatorial candidate Christopher Kennedy told a gathering of influential Arab and Muslim community activists Saturday that he would defend their rights as Americans and respect their cultural and religious identities. Kennedy said when his family immigrated to America, they faced the same racism and discrimination now facing...

  • 16 Sep 2017

    American Arabs need to better document their history

    American Arabs need to better document their history By Ray Hanania During my entire consciousness as an American of Arab heritage, I have always tried to document the experiences of my family, friends and organizations I have been involved with regarding Arab American history. The truth is American Arabs do a poor job of documenting...

  • 14 Sep 2017

    Outdated inheritance laws indicative of larger issue: status of Arab women

    Outdated inheritance laws indicative of larger issue: status of Arab women By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Personal statutes are hard to change in the Middle East; their enforcement is entrusted to conservative religious establishments. Outdated laws regulate marriage, inheritance, divorce, death, adoption and other family related matters. It is very difficult to introduce reform to what...

  • 14 Sep 2017

    American Arabs endorse Kennedy for Governor

    American Arabs endorse Kennedy for Governor Chris Kennedy is leading as the candidate of choice for American Arabs and Muslims in Illinois. Kennedy has shown a sensitivity to issues facing American Arabs among which is access and engagement in state government. Under incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, American Arabs have been marginalized and targeted with punitive...

  • 14 Sep 2017

    How “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and We Americans and the USS LIBERTY can unite Americans

    The Vietnam War began on Nov 1, 1955 and officially ended on Apr 30, 1975 “The Vietnam War” is also an 18 hour 10-episode PBS documentary premiering on Sunday  In the midst of The Vietnam War was The Six Day War and the USS LIBERTY By Eileen Fleming It took Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 10...

  • 13 Sep 2017

    Taybeh kicks off OktoberFest this weekend

    Taybeh kicks off OktoberFest this weekend One of the most popular festivals in Palestine kicks off this weekend Sept. 16 and 17 in Taybeh, Palestine just north of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Taybeh is one of the Middle East’s few remaining Christian villages and also the home to the world famous Taybeh Brewery By...

  • 11 Sep 2017

    Find a Better Way to Pessimism and Cynicism

    Find a Better Way to Pessimism and Cynicism Algerians are asking how long President Bouteflika will let special interests steal the country’s wealth. By Abdennour Toumi For politicians, it’s a mistake to bet on pessimism; however, when leaders become silent and people don’t have anything left to hope for, they turn to cynicism and rumors....

  • 10 Sep 2017

    Trump distraction from anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian hate

    Trump distraction from anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian hate President Donald Trump is just a decoy for Arabs and Muslims put there by the people who are hurting us the most, his enemies. You may not like everything that Trump does or says but the people who are attacking him have a history of abusing and discriminating against...

  • 10 Sep 2017

    Netanyahus, Hurricanes and Biblical Wisdom

    As hurricanes of biblical proportions turn roads into rivers in the USA, David Duke an American white nationalist, politician, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, convicted felon, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s son while Sara Netanyahu awaits arrest.   On Saturday Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime...

  • 07 Sep 2017

    Taybeh OktoberFest promises wide range of entertainment

    Taybeh OktoberFest promises wide range of entertainment Dr. Maria C. Khoury Taybeh Oktoberfest has been the stage for new musicians to be introduced to the world.  In staying true with this tradition that started in 2005, a very interesting new band that has formed this year is Maqdess, the handsome trio from Jerusalem. All young...

  • 07 Sep 2017

    Palestinians show solidarity with Burma

    Palestinians show solidarity with Burma Brutality in Burma against Muslims continues and Palestinians int he Gaza Strip, who identify with the suffering of people in other countries, urged world action to protect civilians in Burma. By Ahmad Hasaballah The failure of world leaders to speak out against atrocities committed against Muslims in Burma has outraged...

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  • Surprise Guest Rapper The elephant Bahaa (Al-feel) from Nablus performs at the 2017 Taybeh OktoberFest on Sunday, September 17th at 3pm

    Taybeh kicks off OktoberFest this weekend One of the most popular festivals in Palestine kicks off this weekend Sept. 16 and 17 in Taybeh, Palestine just north of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Taybeh is one of the Middle East’s few remaining Christian villages and also the home to the world famous Taybeh Brewery By...

  • Ziyad Tahini, named Best Tasting by Cook's Illustrated Magazine 2017

    Ziyad Tahini named “Best” Tasting by national magazine Cook’s Illustrated crowns the Mediterranean food company’s Tahini as their favorite among leading brands. Cooks Illustrated, the iconic magazine that investigates how and why recipes work, named Ziyad brand All Natural Tahini as the best tasting sesame seed paste on the market. The recognition is the result...

  • Maqdess/Fusion from Jerusalem Majd Elsheikh/Taha Othman/Mousa Abbasi Sunday, 17 September Taybeh Oktoberfest in Palestine

    Taybeh OktoberFest promises wide range of entertainment Dr. Maria C. Khoury Taybeh Oktoberfest has been the stage for new musicians to be introduced to the world.  In staying true with this tradition that started in 2005, a very interesting new band that has formed this year is Maqdess, the handsome trio from Jerusalem. All young...

  • Palestinian athletes send messages of hope in plastic bottles in sea during marathon for the disabled. Photo copyright Ahmad Hasaballah. All Rights reserved.

    Photo array: Palestinian athletes send messages of hope into sea By Ahmad Hasaballah A sports marathon for people with disabilities was held in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2017. Participants sent their messages of hope to the sea in plastic bottles from the Gaza Port.        

  • Fried Kubbah, Kibbeh made from burghul stuffed with lamb and browned sliced almonds or browned pine nuts. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    You can make Kibbeh, yes you can Kibbeh (kubbah) or friend “football shaped” burghul stuffed with diced lamb and browned sliced almonds is a popular side dish delicacy of the Mediterranean diet and a staple of most Arab meals. It’s tricky but you can do it By Ray Hanania One of my absolute favorite Middle...

  • Filmmakers and production crew of Existence is Resistance making a film about abuses of Blacks in Israel.

    Producers examining abuse of Blacks in Israel need funding We urgently need your support. Existence is Resistance is raising funds for the filming of our new documentary Black in the Holy Land. This film will examine the lives and experiences of the various black communities throughout Palestine and the settler state of Israel. We are...