Arab World Opinion & Bloggers

  • 24 Apr 2017

    Political Tsunami in France, how to stop the waves

    Political Tsunami in France, how to stop the waves The majority of the Arab/Muslim communities are not voting homogeneously because of their societal, social, cultural and intellectual background differences. By Abdennour Toumi The first round of the presidential elections in France has provoked a historical duel in the run-off election on May 7th. Mr. Emmanuel...

  • 24 Apr 2017

    Beyond the Beltway Radio panel tackles North Korea threat

    Beyond the Beltway Radio panel tackles North Korea threat The weekly Sunday radio show Beyond the Beltway, hosted by veteran political writer and commentator Bruce DuMont, tackles the frightening issue of the rising threats of North Korea’s tyrant Kim Jong Un. Panelists included Asian specialist Karl Friedhoff of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs who has...

  • 24 Apr 2017

    Syria and the Mother Of All Sleep: Yoga Nidra

    Yoga Nidra literally means yogic sleep Mother’s Day gifts of Yoga Nidra are helping The Circle of Health International keep the Al-Iman Hospital open in Syria By Eileen Fleming When we practice Yoga Nidra we are gifting ourselves and benefiting others. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and eleven million displaced since the chaos began six years...

  • 23 Apr 2017

    A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin

    A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin Writer Maria Khoury explores the traditions of Holy Land Christians in her writings. In this feature, Mrs. Khoury describes her visit to the St. George Church in Burqin, Palestine. Burqin is a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank located 5 km west of Jenin. According to the...

  • 21 Apr 2017

    Earth Day, Science Marches and Earth Day Church

    Earth Day was birthed in 1970, after the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 Earth Day created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Earth Day spurred the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws. By Eileen Fleming Earth...

  • 20 Apr 2017

    Podcast: Yemeni Coffee During the War

    One man’s mission to revive Yemeni coffee for global markets during the war. By: Kerning Cultures  Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the 28-year-old Yemeni American, is the first Arab certified Q-grader, the coffee equivalent of a sommelier for wine. This certification is a very involved process, comprising 22 tests intensely quizzing the applicant on flavours tasted and in what...

  • 19 Apr 2017

    Zogby named to Democratic Unity Commission

    Zogby named to Democratic Unity Commission The turmoil between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that undermined the credibility of the Democratic National Committee will be the focus of a Unity Commission set up by both candidates and the DNC, and will include at least one American Arab, Jim Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute...

  • 19 Apr 2017

    THIS AMERICAN, The USS LIBERTY and POTUS Donald J. Trump

    What happened on 8 June 1967, will never be forgotten by the crew of the USS LIBERTY So that every American will know what happened to the USS LIBERTY 50 years ago: This American writes to End the USA Government Cover-Up of Israel’s attack on the USS LIBERTY By Eileen Fleming What follows is Chapter...

  • 18 Apr 2017

    Democracy reinforced under Turkey’s Erdogan

    Democracy reinforced under Turkey’s Erdogan My column this week in the Arab News speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, truly one of the few real Democratic leaders in the Middle East standing up to rising religious extremism from Muslims in the Arab World, Christians in the West and Jews in radical Israel. A referendum he...

  • 18 Apr 2017

    A Turkish Democracy with a sour K’nafah taste

    A Turkish Democracy with a sour K’nafah taste What does the outcome of the vote mean for the future of new Turkey’s political Second Republic? By Abdennour Toumi Sunday the Turks voted on a referendum proposing eighteen amendments to Turkey’s 1982 constitution. These amendments have passed and given birth to Turkey’s Second Republic, granting President...

  • 14 Apr 2017

    Female Genital Mutilation – A Muslim Doctor Caught Practicing in Michigan

    Female Genital Mutilation – a Doctor Caught Practicing in Michigan. A few Patriarchal  societies still practice cutting the female part of the genitalia to deny them sexual pleasure By Mike Ghouse TODAY’S STORY – A Female Doctor was caught in Michigan cutting female genitals. By the way, it was legal in the United States till 1996.  Quite a...

  • 13 Apr 2017

    Rising Lamb costs changing Middle East food market

    Rising Lamb costs changing Middle East food market The rising cost of lamb meat is forcing many Middle East and Arab restaurants to change their menus, offering cheaper and less appealing “ground beef” as an alternative to the more costly lamb, and it is having a negative impact on the quality of food served at...

  • 13 Apr 2017

    Anti-Arab bias in political lawsuit against Arab Bank

    Anti-Arab bias in political lawsuit against Arab Bank The U.S. Supreme Court will consider an outrageously illegal lawsuit that blames the victims of Israeli violence for their resistance against oppression. The lawsuit excludes pro-Palestinian and Arab victims of Israeli violence and should be expanded. The lawsuit should also represent defendants who have been victimized by Israeli terrorism...

  • 13 Apr 2017

    IMAGINE Heaven as a State of Consciousness

    When Jesus talked about The Kingdom of Heaven he was describing A state of being that we now understand as “nondual consciousness” or “unitive consciousness” On 18 April 1975, John Lennon performed IMAGINE for the last time… By Eileen Fleming In Tuesday’s email the Subject: “The Kingdom of Heaven” from Franciscan friar Richard Rohr caught...

  • 12 Apr 2017

    Untangling United Airlines ugly treatment of a Passenger

    The United Airlines Mess Untangling United Airlines ugly treatment of a Passenger By Mike Ghouse It was shameful to mistreat a passenger and forcibly evict him out of the plane. Not only was he manhandled, but the ugly crew did not even hear him – he was a Medical Doctor who had to attend the...

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Taking it to the Streets: March and Rally for The Nuclear Ban

    The Nuclear Ban is taking it to the streets of New York City on June 17, Led by The Women’s March Ban the Bomb who are uniting ALL genders, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to: March and Rally for The Nuclear Ban By Eileen Fleming Nine countries of the World...

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  • The main altar of St. George Church in Burqin, Palestine near Jenin. Photo courtesy of Dr. Maria Khoury.

    A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin Writer Maria Khoury explores the traditions of Holy Land Christians in her writings. In this feature, Mrs. Khoury describes her visit to the St. George Church in Burqin, Palestine. Burqin is a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank located 5 km west of Jenin. According to the...

  • Stuffed Kibbeh (Kuftah). Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Rising Lamb costs changing Middle East food market The rising cost of lamb meat is forcing many Middle East and Arab restaurants to change their menus, offering cheaper and less appealing “ground beef” as an alternative to the more costly lamb, and it is having a negative impact on the quality of food served at...

  • La Grande-Poste Garden Vendor Books

    Something for everyone at La Grande-Poste Garden Vendor Books Walking up to the la Grande-Poste Garden, one encounters joyful and excited faces of so many people, who gather at the book-vendor’s tables. By Abdennour Toumi Passers-by rush for books, confirming that used-book merchants have broken the myth that Algerians do not read unless they need...

  • HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of TCA (PRNewsFoto/Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Auth)

    Dubai event explores culture in facing global challenges Event Will Explore How Culture Can Help Find Solutions to Critical Global Challenges CultureSummit 2017 Abu Dhabi will bring together an extraordinary group of the world’s top creative minds to discuss culture and the significant role they play in addressing the universal challenges faced in our present time....

  • Christians in Taybeh, Palestine celebrate the religious Tradition of the Holy Fire. Photos courtesy of Maria C. Khoury

    Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh Writer Maria Khoury shares the exhilarating Christian religions experience of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem, a Christian tradition dating back more than 2,000 years in Palestine. Khoury takes us through the emotions and excitement of the experience for Christians of Palestine and the Middle East By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D....

  • About 100 Residents of Orland Park filled the board meeting room Monday Oct. 17, 2016 to protest increasing Mayor Dan McLaughlin's salary 375 percent from $40,000 to $150,000 a year. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania.

    Orland Park mayoral race centers on pension grab Orland Park is a fast growing suburb of Chicago but a recent grab for a huge pension increase by the village’s 23-year incumbent mayor has voters angry and on edge. The controversy is making the April 4 battle between Mayor Dan McLaughlin and Keith Pekau one of the...