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Unveiled: Women of the Middle East

By Naomi Wolf Among the most prevalent Western stereotypes about Muslim countries are those concerning Muslim women: doe-eyed, veiled, and submissive, exotically silent, gauzy inhabitants of imagined harems, closeted behind rigid gender roles. So where were these women in Tunisia … Continue reading

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The 2011 Oil Shock

THE price of oil has had an unnerving ability to blow up the world economy, and the Middle East has often provided the spark. The Arab oil embargo of 1973, the Iranian revolution in 1978-79 and Saddam Hussein’s invasion of … Continue reading

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Walls of Division

More than 30 years after he wrote the globally-acclaimed album The Wall, Roger Waters the legendary Pink Floyd musician, focuses on another wall – the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank – which has encroached  into Palestinian territory and has caused … Continue reading

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Greed and Growth

by Jeffrey D. Sachs India’s great moral leader Mohandas Gandhi famously said that there is enough on Earth for everybody’s need, but not enough for everybody’s greed. Today, Gandhi’s insight is being put to the test as never before. The … Continue reading

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This is just the start

  By Thomas L. Friedman Future historians will long puzzle over how the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in protest over the confiscation of his fruit stand, managed to trigger popular uprisings across the Arab/Muslim world. We … Continue reading

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Anguish

For our brothers & sisters in the Middle East R. Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder Cheryl Studer; G. Sinopoli Schmerzen Anguish Sonne, weinest jeden Abend Dir die schönen Augen rot, Wenn im Meeresspiegel badend Dich erreicht der frühe Tod; Doch erstehst in … Continue reading

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The gyre

This is an extraordinary moment in the Middle East. And what is so interesting is that the common denominator in places like Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen is the fact that you have popular street protests that have no ideology, that … Continue reading

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