Category Archives: Arab Culture

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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Sunni versus Shi’a

There can be little doubt that the political conflict that convulses the Arab and Islamic world is that of the Shi’a -Sunni conflict. It has superseded the near century of the Arab-Israeli  conflict. While many of the  Western academics and … Continue reading

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Obstacles to Arab World progress

obstacles-to-arab-progress In this PPT I have analyzed  12 reasons why there is so little s progress in the Arab world. The PPT is in the following order First a map of the Arab world at its greatest extent A view … Continue reading

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The Waning days of the Old Arabia

I was very lucky early in my tour in Lebanon to be seconded to the Trucial Oman Scouts in the Trucial States, now called the United Arab Emirates. When I arrived there it was just a collection of 7 emirates … Continue reading

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Great Days in Beirut and The American University of Beirut

When you think of the Middle East does a picture of  female college students wearing min-skirts, halters and sundresses come to mind? Well probably  not and indeed  that would not be easy to find these days. Beirut in t6hose days … Continue reading

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Western Influence on Arab Militaries: Pounding Square Pegs into Round Holes Norvell B. DeAtkine There are few regions of the world where the military has played as prominent or profound a political role as in the Middle East. So wrote … Continue reading

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