Arab Americans: Confident and Concerned
Arab Americans have not lost their personal sense of optimism in the future—with two-thirds saying that they have some confidence that their children will have a better life than they have right now, notes James Zogby.
Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?
Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other US hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine
Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream US news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution, writes Robert Parry.
Why US Balks at Accord on Children’s Rights
With its powerful political-media apparatus, America’s right wing can create hysteria over pretty much anything, even something as innocuous as a UN agreement on the rights of children, leaving the US as one of only three countries not to ratify it a quarter century later, writes Joe Lauria.
A Base Camp, an Authoritarian Regime, and the Future of U.S. Blowback in Africa
Nick Turse takes us to Chad, a country 99% of Americans have never heard of, and shows us just how deeply that military is embedding itself on that continent and just how poor the results have been.
After Fear-mongering Kills the NSA Reform Bill, What’s Next?
The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested and/or incapable in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community, writes Zoë Carpenter.
Russia trims oil output

OPEC, non-OPEC oil producers agree crude prices have fallen too far amid continued slide.

Saudi seeks to ‘knock out’ shale oil competitors from oil market
US shale boom could soon face its own day of reckoning
Islamic finance doubles in size with demand forecast soaring to new heights
Egypt opens up to domestic and foreign investors
Paypal teams up with AttijariWafa Bank to boost Morocco exports
Biden: You cannot think free where you cannot challenge orthodoxy
Kuwait Airways agrees to buy 10 Boeing 777-300Ers
Oil edges down as OPEC seen holding output ceiling
Egypt revokes ban on Wehbe ‘provocative’ film

Egyptian court accepts appeal filed by producer of "Halawet Rooh" that had been deemed sexually provocative.

Lebanese diva Sabah passes away
Story about fear and destruction: Palestinian artist captures Gaza pain in clay
Morocco fossils: A rare and vanishing treasure
Cultural heartland of Al Ain hosts night of Emirati musical heritage
Abu Dhabi Film Festival to showcase best of Arab cinema
Sharjah Children's Film Festival kicks off with rich selection of movies
Piano recital opens Abu Dhabi Classics season
Al Masar Gallery holds second solo exhibition for Egyptian artist Ahmad Farid
Only three weeks to Al Dhafra Festival 2014
15 major competitions, activities are expected to be held in Al Dhafra Festival in Madinat Zayed with overall prizes reaching more than AED 55 million.
Giandomenico Picco Interview
For Picco, bloody war that has been raging in Syria since 2011 is simply another phase of ‘chess game’ between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Egypt revokes ban on Wehbe ‘provocative’ film
Egyptian court accepts appeal filed by producer of "Halawet Rooh" that had been deemed sexually provocative.
Lebanon's Jumblatt tweets his life besides politics
Lebanese politician captivates local Twitterati with his new account as he devotes about one hour day to his new-found medium.
No justice for survivors of acid attacks in Iran
Offenders of acid attacks in Isfahan, similar to other serial crimes in Islamic Republic of Iran, will not be brought to justice as perpetuators of these crimes are being protected.
Video game, e-commerce markets grow across MENA
Gaming market is expected to nearly triple in size, from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $4.4 billion in 2022.
After struggling to Islamise present, Erdogan seeks to ‘Islamise’ past!
Erdogan hits back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered Americas before Columbus, accusing critics of lacking ‘self-confidence.’
Censorship continues in Lebanon with ban of Iran film on 'Green Movement'
Organisers of festival protest ban, which risks depicting Lebanon as ‘backwards and unenlightened’ in eyes of international community.
International pressure bears fruit in favour of migrant workers in Qatar
Host of 2022 football World Cup pledges to replace ‘kafala’ sponsorship system and improve conditions for workers by early 2015.
Suspicions linger over World Cup bids: Only Michael Garcia knows what happened!
Investigator Michael Garcia lodges appeal after complaining his report into alleged World Cup corruption is misrepresented.
Food scandal leaves Lebanon with ‘case of severe indigestion’
Health Minister wins plaudits but also faces harsh criticism for publicly naming and shaming establishments that failed food safety tests.
New York Film Academy mourns sudden loss of Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei
Academy extends its condolences to Al Mazrouei family, people of Abu Dhabi and all who knew Mohammed Khalaf.