Arab World Opinion & Bloggers

  • 18 Jan 2017

    A glimmer of hope in a Trump presidency

    A glimmer of hope in a Trump presidency Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th President. Despite the partisan debate that has smothered the presidential election, Trump could be the catalyst who brings real change to Palestinians who long for a just peace and an end to the Israeli-driven conflict. It may happen,...

  • 18 Jan 2017

    Mordechai Vanunu: Israel’s Ludicrous Charges and a Vanunu Biography Book Review #BreakingNews #Vanunu

    Mordechai Vanunu’s July 4 Indictment concluded with one Guilty and two Non-Guilty Charges  Israel continues to forbid Nuclear Whistle Blower’s right to speak to foreigners By Eileen Fleming    Mordechai Vanunu blew the whistle on Israel’s Nuclear deceptions in 1986. On Wednesday Vanunu reported at Twitter and Facebook: In court today…the judge find me guilty...

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Photos: Exhibit features women’s crafts in Gaza

    Photos: Exhibit features women’s crafts in Gaza By Mohammed Asad Palestinians take part in a Heritage exhibition for handicrafts products in Gaza city, on January 17, 2017. This exhibition gives room for the ladies present  their products to feed their families.

  • 15 Jan 2017

    Trump’s Wall and Israel’s Wall in Palestine

    The Wall Trump and House Republicans are developing will be funded using taxpayer money through a 2006 law that put up 700 miles of barriers along the southern US border.   Trump’s campaign focused on “the wall” but he failed to address key questions By Eileen Fleming Beyond the philosophical arguments of what building a wall between...

  • 14 Jan 2017

    Trump and The Resistance

    Organized resistance to Donald Trump’s brand of racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry began before Inauguration Day Resistance is the refusal to accept or comply by way of action or argument. By Eileen Fleming Once upon a time in America newly elected presidents enjoyed a honeymoon. Donald Trump will enter the White House as the most unpopular...

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Arab Radio: Trump and the post Obama presidency

    Arab Radio: Trump and the post Obama presidency Arab Radio discussion of the impact of President Barack Obama and his legacy, and the reality of the presidency of Donald J. Trump on Arab Radio in Detroit on Friday Jan. 13, 2017 with host Ray Hanania and guests Sahar Khamis and David Alexander Bullock. They also discuss...

  • 12 Jan 2017

    The Election Results Paralyzed Me

    The Election Results Paralyzed Me A Muslim American discusses how the recent election for president has impacted his life. Does he feel anger, fear or what? By Sabir A. Rahman This last election day I served as an election judge. After a very long and tiring day, I came home dead tired and went to...

  • 12 Jan 2017

    Morocco Bans the Burqa

    Morocco Bans the Burqa The Moroccan authorities have invoked security reasons to prohibiting the burqa, which is rarely worn by Moroccan women who prefer the hijab. Moroccan authorities have prohibited the manufacture and sale of burqas for security reasons. The measure appears to be motivated by security concerns, where “bandits have repeatedly used this garment...

  • 12 Jan 2017

    Media, Trump and a Moral Compass #MLK #FreePalestine

    Regarding Media Mr. Trump recommends “people that have some moral compass”, when asked how he would reform the News Media  By Eileen Fleming “I recommend people that have some moral compass. I don’t recommend reforms”, Mr. Trump replied when asked how he would reform the news media during his January 11 News Conference The Media...

  • 11 Jan 2017

    It’s not about the money, but the PR power

    It’s not about the money, but the PR power After winning a popular American TV reality series on cooking, actor Kal Penn recently donated $25,000 to the UNRWA which helps Palestinian refugees. It may not sound like a lot of money but it has significant PR power to help educate Americans about the truth of...

  • 11 Jan 2017

    Algeria: Aging Power, Longevity and Credibility

    Algeria: Aging Power, Longevity and Credibility Too many old Guard, no Young replacements on the horizon — and the people remain in misery – but will they act? will collective action on the part of the people make for change? By Abdennour Toumi One measures a nation by its natural resources, military power, political system...

  • 09 Jan 2017

    DISSENT Keeps America Great #MAGA #merylstreep #FreePalestine #FreeVanunu

    Democracies thrive on dissent A FREE Press safe guards democracy by publishing dissent Meryl Streep is an American patriot who takes her broken heart and makes art By Eileen Fleming Meryl Streep’s Speech at Sunday nights Golden Globes was a shot in the arm for democracy and an eloquent expression of dissent.   An Excerpt...

  • 05 Jan 2017

    Snowden and Vanunu: Spies, Whistleblowers, Movies and Books

    “How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft,” by Edward Jay Epstein will be released on January 17 “Beyond Nuclear: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker” the unauthorized biography of Israel’s nuclear whistle blower was published in 2010   By Eileen Fleming Edward Snowden and...

  • 05 Jan 2017

    Without Arab World action, Kerry’s truths mean nothing

    Without Arab World action, Kerry’s truths mean nothing US Secretary of State John Kerry has once again exposed Israel’s rightwing government as the true obstacle to peace in the Middle East. As secretary of state, his words have true meaning. But his indictment of Israel’s failure to support peace means nothing unless the Arab World...

  • 04 Jan 2017

    420: Trump’s Inaugural and the Israeli Connection

    420 (pronounced four-twenty) refers to the consumption of cannabis On Trump’s Inaugural Day, the DC Cannabis Coalition will be handing out 4,200 free cannabis joints— to urge federal legalization of pot   By Eileen Fleming   Donald Trump’s inaugural celebrations are open to the public. On January 20, beginning at 8 a.m. on the west side...

  • 03 Jan 2017

    The Inexhaustible Memories of Palestine

    The Inexhaustible Memories of Palestine By Barbara Nimri Aziz    It had been five years since I last ventured into the Occupied Territories, the shrinking Palestinian homelands.  I had stood speechless at the misnomered separation wall, essentially a cement corral and a menacing blight on the landscape of the Holy Land. I had seen the...

  • 03 Jan 2017

    Reality TV winner gives proceeds to Palestinian refugees

    Reality TV winner gives proceeds to Palestinian refugees Kal Penn Wins ‘MasterChef Celebrity Showdown,’ donates Prize Money to Support Palestinian Refugees through the UN In a tight culinary competition last night, actor and public servant Kal Penn, of ABC’s Designated Survivor, took on and beat Son of Zorn’s Cheryl Hines to win FOX’s MasterChef Celebrity...

  • 02 Jan 2017

    “Our Fates Are Linked”

    “Our Fates Are Linked” A conversation with Robin Yassin-Kassab, Co-Author of Burning Country; Syrians in Revolution and War. Dezeray Lyn sits down with writer Robin Yassin-Kassab for a Q&A on the book Burning Country, Syrians in War and Revolution that he co-authored with Syrian anarchist Leila al-Shami. By Dezeray Lyn Journalist Zouhir Al Shimale recently unpacked the...

  • 31 Dec 2016

    My Year With Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda first inspired this baby-boomer in 1971. In 2016 Jane Fonda became my main muse-meaning source of inspiration By Eileen Fleming I was a junior in high school when Jane Fonda starred in “KLUTE” and inspired me to cut my waist length hair into a shag.   In the 1980’s I went “for the...

  • 29 Dec 2016

    Secretary Kerry’s speech on Middle East peace

    Here are the full text of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech regarding failed Middle East peace efforts and Israel’s illegal settlement expansion. The speech was made on Dec. 28, 2016 at The Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington, DC. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. (Coughs.) Excuse me. Thank...

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  • Chicago Cubs Convention 2017, autographed baseballs. Photo courtesy Ray Hanania. Permission granted to republish with full attribution

    Has success spoiled the Chicago Cubs? I am so excited the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, but what is the price for that success? Two years ago the Cubs players were more receptive to meeting and greeting young fans at their convention, giving autographs and smiles. This time, it was all smiles, little eye...

  • Palestinian women display handcrafts at heritage exhibit in the Gaza Strip. Photo courtesy of Mohammed Asad. All RightS Reserved. Permission granted to republish with attribution to the author

    Photos: Exhibit features women’s crafts in Gaza By Mohammed Asad Palestinians take part in a Heritage exhibition for handicrafts products in Gaza city, on January 17, 2017. This exhibition gives room for the ladies present  their products to feed their families.

  • Sprint’s Automated Voicemail Hell system Trying to get service out of Sprint is like trying to keep your phone from ringing up international charges while vacationing in Mexico. No matter what you do, the system is screwed up. But just call their automated system to see how little they really care about your needs By Ray Hanania...

  • An expensive television Christmas Story. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

    An expensive television Christmas Story A new generation’s “Christmas Story,” not about Santa Claus or the spirit of kindness, but about the way our utilities control our lives with no accountability and definitely no really good service. This one is about Comcast/Xfinity but it could be about them all Published in the Des Plaines Valley...

  • Fitness & Bodybuilding, health fitness expert Maya Nassar. Photo courtesy of Maya Nassar

    Lebanese American leads Middle East fitness Q & A interview with Lebanese American fitness expert Maya Nassar, Lebanese government endorsed bikini fitness athlete. Nassar entered the Miami Pro European Championships in 2013 in London, England. She did not place in the event, but returned to competitions the following year at the 2014 Pure Elite UK...

  • Christmas comes early for Gatlinburg residents hit by wildfires. Photo courtesy of Rocky Top Sports World, PR News Wire

    Christmas comes early for Gatlinburg residents hit by wildfires Rocky Top Sports World Hosts Hundreds…And Unlikely Christmas Party As wildfires grew closer to the city of Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the Rocky Top Sports World facility transformed from a world-class sports complex to an emergency community shelter. In a matter of hours, the Rocky Top Sports World...

  • Solar Eclipse movie, Mahatma Gandhi poster. Photo courtesy of PR News Wire

    Solar Eclipse sneak peek at Dubai Film Festival Solar Eclipse Teaser released at Dubai Film Festival on 8th December 2016 The Dubai film festival saw the release of the teaser of the epic film ‘Solar Eclipse – Depth of Darkness’, based on true events that led to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January, 1948....

  • Old historic newspaper front pages and headlines displayed at the Museum at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Skimming through the Obits and life The obituary section of the old more informed newspaper era was an obsession with my father back in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the newspapers are anorexic but the Obit section is still growing strong. And, I understand why my father paid attention to it so much now that I...

  • Children among those evacuated from Eastern Aleppo, Syria Bana Alabed Among Many Child Evacuees Today from Eastern Aleppo Thousands of people from the besieged area of Aleppo were evacuated today, the majority of the people were children, women and families. Among the children was Bana Alabed the seven-year-old girl, who caught the attention and hearts...

  • Zalatimo offers great tasting Arabic sweets with free serving dish In 1860, Mohammed Zalatimo opened a small pastry shop in the Old City of the Holy City of Jerusalem, within the ancient Walls of the city surrounded by the world’s most important religious icons including the Roman built Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Zalatimo began...