Category Archives: Arab Culture

World War II Propaganda in the Middle East. Lessons for today

Mark Pomerleau writing on information warfare had this to say: “I think the United States is being strategically defeated in the information environment. We’re not even holding our own. We’re being defeated. We’re being outmaneuvered, we’re being outflanked, we’re being … Continue reading

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The Syrian Background

Once considered the  heartland of the Arab world the Syrian nation was often spoken of as the linchpin of any agreement  between the Western nations and the Arab world. No peace with  Israel was possible unless the Syrians regime agreed…this … Continue reading

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A Middle Eastern Civics Class for Americans

Normally the discussion is about what the Middle Easterners have learned from the West but rarely do we talk about the lessons we should learn from them. And I am not referring to the ancient cultural center of Baghdad and … Continue reading

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The Burdens of the Arab world

In the nearly fifty years I have been involved with the Middle East in one capacity or another, I have observed the slow retrogression of the quality of life for its people. Despite some flashes of bright spots that seem … Continue reading

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Arabs As Refugees: Cultural Challenges

  This blog entry is about the massive problem of displaced people of the Arab world. From Iraq to Syria to Palestine to Libya there are millions of people who have been uprooted from their homes. We read about them … Continue reading

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We Achieved Peace in Our Time

There is no doubt that the main stream media that has been very uncomfortable trying to avoid calling Obama’s  leadership into question, Even a few liberals have noticed that the emperor is not wearing any clothes. But when Putin threw … Continue reading

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Sisi, the New Pharaoh or the New Nasser

While the Syrian fiasco continues and the peace fever overtakes the White House, significant events are happening in Egypt. Egypt still remains the key to the Arab world. It is the cultural center and most powerful despite  its economic woes … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera America

Queen mother of Qatar. When she speaks people listen and look !! Yesterday we learned Al Jazeera launched its new network, Al Jazeera America. What are we to make of this? Someone asked me that question and this was my … Continue reading

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A Lesson From Egypt

It has always been a tough argument for me to convince some people that  Political Islamism and Islam are not synonymous. One is a political ideology with carefully selected aspects of Islamic traditions and Qu’ranic attributions to justify almost anything. … Continue reading

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Money Makes a Midget a Giant – The case of Qatar

This past week a change in the regime of Qatar has initiated a number of stories about the Arab “magic kingdom.” This is a tribal state, a family fiefdom in which only one out of five people who live there … Continue reading

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