Rows of multicoloured wigs in an Istanbul shop window. Snowy hills seen from a ski lift. Abu Dhabi’s mint green central bus station. A 200-year old Yemeni knife. Two friends in Beirut share an umbrella; Omani shipbuilders inside a half-finished dhow; Syrian refugees under a blanket; the giant aquarium at Dubai Mall; a model walks her […]
Today in inexplicable news from the Middle East, Abu Dhabi-based Al Hilal bank has come up with a new gimmick to entice female customers to spend, spend, spend, in the face of a huge oil price crash and a plummeting stock market. In a move that screams out “JUST HOW MANY LEGALLY BLONDE GIFS CAN […]
The news is a lot of the same ol’ same ol’. But at least we discovered that Lululemon pants are just as overpriced as we thought!
When reading Middle Eastern news, one must always ask themselves this question, “Who will get rich and who will get hurt?” The answer, though often predictable, gives a clear and concise way to sort through the muck that can be weighed down by the region’s heavy censorship laws and long-winded official reports.
It has been five months now since the historic evening where Mubarak stepped down. The revolution sent seismic waves through the Arab world and touched off unrest in Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Oman and even Saudi Arabia. Yet for the many young Egyptians who fought through tear gas, government thugs, bullets and mass arrests, change […]
As clashes and uprisings continue throughout the Middle East, much of the attention of the world audience has waned. The news cycle has once again focused on celebrities, politics, and the common household item that you’re probably using right now that may kill you. Yet clashes are still raging on and women, the long overlooked […]
To me it seems obvious: if you want a happy country, you’re going to need some happy citizens. You can go the Saudi Arabia route and bribe your people with incentives and subsidized luxuries. You could go the Canada route and provide a system of elected representation that works hard to lay out respect and […]
Protests in Bahrain, which had remained relatively peaceful in the last week or so, turned deadly in late hours of March 15th and 16th. Around 500 protesters who had been camping at Pearl Roundabout (basically a smaller version Tahrir Sq.) were woken up with not just gunfire, but helicopters, tanks, and a huge police presence […]
What on Earth is happening in the Middle East? With protests from Morocco to the West Bank, the status, stability, and safety of the region has gotten more confusing than ever. In an incredibly short period of time (about four months total), we’ve seen two countries overthrow their longstanding dictators, three Gulf States challenged, a […]
It’s somewhat shocking to realize that most people do not know the modern history of Saudi Arabia. Even though it’s a major ally of the US, a key player in the global economy and one of the most oppressive regimes in world history, most Americans (and Europeans for that matter) simply have no idea how […]
In the past two weeks, Egyptian protesters have jumped through a number of social barriers. At first it was simply a matter of apprehension. Could civilians really take the streets? Certainly past attempts have been met with harsh force and numerous arrests. But this time something was different. Instead of protests slowly losing momentum, this […]
A woman’s role in the Middle East has never been so multi-faceted. Wife, mother, worker, revolutionary”¦As videos and photos pour in from this week’s round of demonstrations we’re seeing women marching step for step alongside their male compatriots. In Yemen, a traditionally conservative country, hundreds of protesters turned out to stage a successful sit in […]
Many around the globe are wondering what is going on in the Middle East. There is a plethora of information, coming in from all sides, and there’s little way to make heads or tails of it. Who is Mubarak? Is Yemen involved? What’s the Jasmine Revolution? Well, fear not gentle reader, as I will guide […]
The Middle East and the West have a lot of bridges to build when it comes to truly understanding each other. Yet one area which has seen substantial growth lies in the most abstract of principals. It’s something most Americans rarely contemplate but is seen as a revolutionary concept to much of the world: The […]