Noam Chomsky in interview Obama’s sangfroid — by Emran Feroz on Qantara de| Obama’s political legacy in the Middle East, the deal with Iran and the refugee crisis

Former MIT professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading intellectuals. Undoubtedly, Chomsky’s word has weight. Emran Feroz interviewed him on Barack Obama’s political legacy in the Middle East, the deal with Iran and the refugee crisis Barack Obama’s presidency is coming to an end. With reference to the…

Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation — Aga Khan Museum org |He brought us the Arab Spring, live. Now he’s bringing art — The Star com

Jul 25 2015 to Jan 3 2016 Pushing boundaries, testing limits: this powerful exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE runs the gamut from photography to installation, sculpture to painting, and more. Experience the work of 12 Arab artists who examine how private life is shaped by current political events. Featuring some of the…

Simerg com: Readers’ Reflections and Prayers for Grief-Stricken Syria

The following is a selection of comments received from our readers in response to our recent posts concerning Syria, namely: Prayers for Syria – An Aid in Righteous Resistance Against Enemies and A Message to Our Beloved Ismaili Brothers and Sisters in Syria: Our Hearts and Prayers are With You, You are Never Alone! LETTERS…

Top 100 on Jadaliyya in 2014 — by Jadaliyya Editors

This is a list of the most read articles in 2014. Thanks to you, this year has by far attracted the broadest readership we have had since Jadaliyya’s inception in 2010. Significantly, 2014 was also the year in which our Arabic articles readership grew exponentially, along with our general readership from within the region. Unfortunately,…

Lebanon, Syria: The Druze Balancing Act — Fikra Forum Org article by Noam Raydan

The ongoing spillover from the Syrian civil war has disquieted Lebanon’s Druze community. With sectarianism brimming, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has tried to calm recent tensions between Druze and Sunnis. Jumblatt is aware that doing so will assist his Syrian coreligionists, especially in southern Syria, where Sunni extremist groups, such as al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra,…

Serena Hotels Scoop 6 Awards in World’s Best Awards 2014 — The Hotels Group trades under the name of Tourism Promotion Services (TPS Serena), a wing of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)

Five Serena Lodges have been listed among some of the best places in the world, specifically in the top 50 Lodges & Resorts in Africa and the Middle East   – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge has been rated 11/50 with a score of 89.87% – Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge has been rated 15/50 with a…

‘With God on our side’: The documentary criticizes the theology behind Christian Zionism and the attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by many American evangelicals and Westerners

A Quick Synopsis With God On Our Side takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government…

Video: Warlords of Tripoli (Full Length Documentary)

The war in Syria is dragging neighbouring Lebanon to the edge of the abyss, and nowhere is the growing chaos more stark than in the second city of Tripoli. Sunni militants aligned with the Syrian rebels frequently clash with fighters from the city’s encircled Alawite minority, who support the Assad regime, in bitter street fighting…

“Social work at Coffee houses Mideast” — Article by Caroline Stoneon on Saudi Aramco World about drinking coffee in middle east during 16th-century

Coffee, native to Ethiopia, was probably drunk there long before there were written records of it, both as a tea-like drink, al-qahwa al-qishriya, made from the husks of the coffee bean, and as brewed coffee made from the beans themselves, called al-qahwa al-bunniya. The beans were also often simply chewed. But the 16th-century jurist al-Jaziri…

Kofi Annan warns that increasing sectarian conflict in Syria risks entrenching crisis and sparking regional spillover — Canada News Wire (CNW)

Former UN Secretary-General highlights critical challenge of managing pluralism in a globalised world OTTAWA, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will today warn that the crisis in Syria risks becoming more entrenched, and may potentially explode beyond the country’s borders, as a result of its increasingly sectarian nature. Delivering the annual…

Aga Khan Development Network Quality of Life Assessment Programme Brochure Launched

The AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme brochure encompasses the programme’s core concepts, methodology, the assessment framework, domains and indicators and key principles. The overall goal of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is the improvement of Quality of Life (QoL) in the areas where its member institutions work. AKDN’s vision and strategies encompass an improvement…

Middle Eastern Turmoil: Tension Between Spontaneity and Organization – A video-interview with Avishai Margalit on Reset Doc org

Many are now wondering whether organized forces in Cairo will take over the revolution, as happened a century ago when the Bolshevik fringe of Russian revolutionaries took hostage the spontaneous and plural movements, imposing its own purposes and ideology. Is this fear justified? Does this comparison with the October Revolution make sense? What instead remains…