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A Letter To Elif Shafak
By Abir Zaki

Nasrallah's Waning Popularity
By Olivier Guitta

Questions for Mr. Hassan Nasrallah
By Magdi Khalil

Give Saudi Women their Rights!
Elham Manea  

Obituary of Meir Basri & Khadoorie
The loss of Baghdad and your loss
By Rashid AlKhayoun

Jonathan Rauch
In Arabic, 'Internet' Means 'Freedom'

Robert Satloff
Assessing the Bush Administration's Policy of 'Constructive Instability': Lebanon and Syria

Dr. Mohamed Houni
The Arabic Dilemma
In face of the New American Strategy

Economic Road Map
An Israeli-Palestinian Perspective on Permanent Status
The Aix Group

Reconstruction of Iraq
Post Saddam Hussain
By Jawad M. Hashim




Saudi Arabia's World
Traffic Cop in an Unsettled Region
Bernhard Zand

Disbanding Revolutionary Cells
German Terrorists Turn Themselves In

Top Iranian nuke scientist assassinated by Mossad

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani


From Queiet Disagreement to Blunt Accusation
Wajid Shamsul Hasan

Democracy Promotion in the Middle East: Time for a Plan B?
Carl Gershman and Martin Kramer

Beirut and the sad autumn of the Arabs
Michael Young

Maulana Fazlur Rehman operated by
former personal physician of George W Bush
Iqbal Latif


With Iran Ascendant, U.S. Is Seen at Fault
Arab Allies in Region Feeling Pressure
By Anthony Shadid

Spiegel Interview with CIA's Former Europe Director
"We Probably Gave Powell the Wrong Speech"


When Don Quixote takes to the streets
By Michael Young


The big lecture!!!
Iqbal Latif



Azzam the American
The making of an Al Qaeda homegrow
by Raffi Khatchadourian

Myanmar is a thorn in ASEAN's side
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani

Rebuke in Iran to Its President on Nuclear Role
By Nazila Fathi and Michael Slackman

Somalia May Save the War on Terrorism
J. Peter Pham

Doomsday Clock 
Moves 2 Minutes Closer To Midnight

 We stand at the brink of a Second Nuclear Age 


The speaker outcast - or just disarmed?
By Michael Young

Hizbullah at War
A Military Assessment
Andrew Exum

Israelis, Syrians reach secret understandings
Akiva Eldar


BACKGROUND: How the covert contacts transpired
From Turkey, via Europe, to Damascus
By Akiva Eldar

Timeline of talks


On Iraq , U.S. Turns to Onetime Dissenters
Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Iraq is not just about America, or even mostly so
Michael Young

A Call to Defend Women and Minorities in the Middle East
Lafif Lakhdar


Zammar Kidnapping Case
Berlin 'Helped CIA' With Rendition of German Citizen
By Holger Stark

A long Lebanese movie, or just a dud?
By Michael Young


A Christian Exodus from the Arab World
By Amira El Ahl, Daniel Steinvorth, Volkhard Windfuhr and Bernhard Zand

"The Execution Was Done Correctly"

Islamists Out, Somalia Tries to Rise From Chaos
Jeffry Gettleman

Sunday Times
Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran

It may be Khaddafy's final demise
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani

Royal Intrigue, Unpaid Bills Preceded Saudi Ambassador's Exit
Policy Dispute Regarding Iran Loomed Large
By Robin Wright

Saddam, a rope, and a great escape
By Michael Young

Can small businesses help win the war?
By Del Jones

Rush to Hang Hussein Was Questioned


For Sunnis, Dictator's Degrading End Signals Ominous Dawn for the New Iraq


Beginning 2007 with an anti-terrorism treaty
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani


"They Take The Mind, and What Emerges is Just Tapioca Pudding

Identifying Drivers of Political Reform in the GCC Countries

From Der Spiegel
Earth 2.0: The Whole Planet on a Hard Drive

Italian politician starts hunger strike to protest Saddam execution

In praise of Lebanese sectarianism
By Michael Young

District by District Shiites Make Baghdad Their Own
by Sabrina Tavernise

Lebanon's Slow Slide From Hope To Deadlock
By Anthony Shadid

Piracy in Asian waters
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani

Putting Assad to the test
By Ze'ev Schiff

Why Muslims remained backward....
Iqbal Latif

Iran President Facing Revival of Students' Ire
Forget the Holocaust-do something for us 

Democracy Promotion: Initiatives for Institutional Reform
by Carl Gershman


Confronting Holocaust Denial
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Tehran 's Jewish Community Reacts
" A Shameful Convention "


Pakistan : Obituary of an Army or a General?
Wajid Shamsul Hasan

Towards more rights for Pakistani women
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani

Carnage amongst brothers and the vain nirvana of
global Caliphate
Iqbal Latif

The Lebanese opposition's first casualty
By Michael Young


Israel's War With Iran
Ze'ev Schiff


Saudis Say They Might Back Sunnis if U.S. Leaves Iraq

New report on IDF in Lebanon war:
Halutz did not have plan, General Staff did not function
By Amos Harel

Spare us the words, and spare us the letters
Iqbal Latif

Elections in Iran
Ayatollahs Jostle for Power

Gates testimony
Preserving nuclear ambiguity
By Ze'ev Schiff

The Virtue of Patience: America and the Middle East
by Elie Fawaz

A puzzling run for president in Lebanon
Christian Michel Aoun is alienating his traditional backers and violating Lebanon's unwritten rules
By Tony Badran

A Samll Revolution inCairo
Theologians Battle Female Circumcision
By Amira El Ahl

Major Forces on a Minor Island
Bahrain Experiments with Democracy

Towards a Japan-GCC partnership
Dr. Abdulla Al-Madani

Stepping Into Iraq
Saudi Arabia Will Protect Sunnis if the U.S. Leaves
By Nawaf Obaid

Countdown to Conflict
By Olivier Guitta

Prophecy of an Imminent Demise
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan

Hezbollah Said to Help Shiite Army in Iraq

David Grossman's speech at the Rabin memorial ceremony
Mr. Prime Minister if any Arab leader sends out signals of peace, even the slightest, most hesitant ones, you must respond

Statement of the Executive Committee of the Iraqi Medical Association
in connection with the mass abduction from the Ministry of Higher Education

Bionic Hornets
Israel Looks at the Next Generation of Warfare

The kidnapping of IDF Soldiers was but a Prelude
Hassan Nasrallah's planned March on Beirut , Fascist Style
By Pierre Akel

U.N. Says Somalis Helped Hezbollah Fighters
By Robert F. Worth


Spiegel Interview with Richard Haass
"Iraq Is Not Winnable"

From The New Yorker
Kenneth Adelman and Donald Rumsfield

Saudi Reformers Still Banned from Travel  
Statement by Professor Matrook Alfaleh
To All Organizations and Civil Societies, Worldwide, Concerned with Human Rights


No more apologies
By Yossi Sarid

The Bush doctrine: an electoral requiem
By Michael Young

Where the Boys Are, at Least for Now, the Girls Pounce
By Katherine Zoepf

The Syrian-American Rift
By Akiva Eldar

IDF preparing for another conflict by next summer
By Amir Oren

  Iran and missiles : Bigger and farther
By Ze'ev Schiff


Vanity Fair Exclusive: Now They Tell Us
Neo Culpa
David Rose

Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi
Dexter Filkins

A  Solida  Report :
A Major Obstacle to the Prevention of Torture
Forgotten Victims, Unpunished Executioners
Lebanon : The Ministry of Defense Detention Center

Bahrein : Appointment of Sharia Judges as political gifts for religious groups

Diary of an Arab Woman
For a Humanistic Islam
Elham Manea

  A Liberal Brother at Odds With the Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia: Lift Gag-Order on Rights Campaigner
Women's Rights Activist Forced to Sign Oath Not to Protest

Bin Laden's fingerprints seen on ruins of Bamiyan Buddhas
Selim Saheb Ettaba

Islam Needs Renewal From Within,
Not Withdrawal Into Itself, To Overcome Its Crisis
Samir Khalil Samir SJ

Turn North Korea Into a Human Rights Issue
Vaclav Havel, Kjell Magne Bondevik and Elie Wiesel

A Bahraini Liberal Fights For His Right To Party
Joseph Braude

Environmental Impact of the 2006 Lebanon War

Interview With Terror Expert Ron Suskind

Are Muslim Women Oppressed?
An exploration of the place of women in Islam
Cathy Young

Analysts Question North Korea's Nuclear Missile Capabilities

Yemen: Democracy without Minority Rights
Jane Novak

Reporters Without Borders :
Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006
Is it true that Libya and Syria are better than Pakistan, Saudi Arabia
and Iran ?

from The New Yorker

In the Land of the Taliban

Der Spiegel : Love, Lust and Passion
Sex and Taboos in the Islamic World
By Amira El Ahl and Daniel Steinvorth

The Basics of Co-existence and Inter-faith Dialogue
Magdi Khalil

Iraq's Christians Flee as Extremist Threat Worsens

North Korea 's nuclear test:
Doomsday Clock still at seven minutes to midnight

Head of IDF inquiry into Division 91: Lebanon war didn't have defined goals
By Amos Harel

Report: Galilee division wanted to replace captured soldiers' unit
By Amir Oren

What happens when U.S. Jews forward the peace process?
By Shmuel Rosner

How To Turn the Tide in Afghanistan
Ahmed Rashid

Salameh won a scholarship, but can't enter Israel to use it
By Tamara Traubmann

"A Systematic State of Denial"

FBI Agents Still Lacking Arabic Skills
33 of 12,000 Have Some Proficiency
By Dan Eggen

Interview with Terrorism Expert Bruce Hoffman
" Al-Qaida is More Dangerous Than it Was on 9/11 "

Declassified Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate "Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States:"
dated April 2006 Office of the Director of National Intelligence April 2006, Released Sept. 26, 2006

Peter Tomsen Frontline Interview
President George H.W. Bush's special envoy to the Afghan resistance from 1989 to 1992 : ISI knows exactly where Osama bin Laden is, al-Zawahiri is. They know exactly where Hekmatyar is.. where Haqqani is

The Man Behind the President
Arash Mahdavi

Inside Hezbollah, Big Miscalculations
Militia Leaders Caught Off Guard By Scope of Israel's Response in War
By Anthony Shadid

Egyptian Reformist Renews Attack on Muslim Brotherhood

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From the CIA Website :
Getting It Right
CIA Analysis of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War
David S. Robarge

Ibn Tufayl
Firas Massouh