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The Middle East Debate in Books, Magazines and OpEds

If no two snowflakes are alike, no two opinions about the Middle East are ever quite the same. The debate is rich, sometimes abrasive, often -- if one's willing to listen -- enlightening. Here's a cross-section.
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Beyond Qaddafi's Death in Libya
The killing of Libya's Muammar el Qaddafi was another example of the sort of brutal extra-judicial killings the United States legitimized with the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Why Palestinian Statehood Is Necessary
Palestinian statehood through the United Nations is overdue in light of American inaction and the continued intransigence of Benjamin Netanyahu.

How to End the Qaddafi Nightmare in Libya: Options and Solutions
The Arab League, the UN and the West must beef up military support of the rebels to ensure the end of the Qaddafi regime in Libya, argues Nehad Ismail

Peter King's Islamophobia
Peter King's islamophobia, couched as a hearing on "Muslim radicalization" in the United States, should not command the respect implied by a U.S. congressional committee hearing.

Alwaleed bin Talal Pleads With His Own Saudi Arabia: Reform Before It's Too Late
Alwaleed bin Talal Abdulaziz al-Saud, one of the world's richest men, pleads with his own Saudi Arabia to reform politically before it's too late.

False Fears and Shameless Pandering in Opposition to Ground Z…
Opposition to the mosque at ground zero in New York is grounded in false fears and shameless chauvinism by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Review: Bob Woodward's "Bush At War," More Hagiography Than Reporting
In "Bush At War," first of three books Chronicling the Bush administration's rise and fall, Bob Woodward uncritically conveys a White House in full propaganda mode.

Ahmed Rashid's "Taliban"
A review of Ahmed Rashid's "Taliban" (2000), still the best book on the origins, history and ideology of the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A Veil Experiment Uncovers Stereotypes
As an experiment, students at Stetson University wore the Islamic veil for a day--and uncovered a community's stereotypes about Islam.

Review: "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA," by Tim Weiner
Book Review of Tim Weiner's excellent "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" from Harry Truman to George W. Bush.

Osama bin Laden in the United States
In 1978, Osama bin Laden, a young newlywed, visited the United States with his wife. They stayed in Indiana. He went to Los Angeles.

Why Sunni Arab Regimes Fear Democracy in Shiite Iran
Why Sunni Arab regimes, avowed enemies of the Shiite regime in Iran, fear democracy in Iran even more.

Obama Declares an End to Clash of Civilizations
Speaking in Istanbul, Barack Obama declared an end to the Clash of Civilizations, the thesis invented by Samuel Huntington that gave Bush's war on terror its language and rationale.

Review: Thomas Ricks' "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in ...
The verdict on Thomas Ricks' "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq" - a review plus a review of reviews: what other critics said.

Review: "The Dark Side," by Jane Mayer
How the torture memos came to be: a book review of Jane Mayer's "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals."

Review: Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" and the 1982 ...
The Sabra & Shatila Massacre of Palestinians in 1982 and Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir: A review of the animated documentary of redemption through recovered memory.

Amin Maalouf's "Origins": An Investigative Memoir of Lebanon and Cuba
Amin Maalouf's "Origins" is a wonderful memoir and investigation of the author's family through a century of letters, poems and memories from the mountains of Lebanon to Havana, Cuba.

Steve Fainaru's "Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in ...
A Review of Steve Fainaru's "Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq" (DaCapo Press): On the world of private security contractors (it's a lot more than Blackwater Worldwide).

Gibran Khalil Gibran: Bibliography
A Bibliography of th Works of Gibran Khalil Gibran, Lebanese American Author of "The Prophet."

Gibran Khalil Gibran
A profile of Gibran Khalil Gibran (18883-1931), Lebanese-American author of "The Prophet" and other works.

Excerpts from the Works of Khalil Gibran
Excerpts from the works of Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran, author of "The Prophet."

Maya Angelou in Morocco
A brief story of Maya Angelou in Morocco, drinking tea and "cockroaches," in a wonderful encounter between kindness, stereotype and belated epiphanies.

The Shame of Guantanamo
The concentration camp on Guantanamo Bay, an illegal shame, should be an indictment of national drift from constitutional principles and international law.

Brigitte Gabriel, Islamophobe
Brigitte Gabriel is a Lebanese-born Christian who's marketing her experiences in war-torn Lebanon into fear-whipping Islamophobia in the United States.

"The Kite Runner" Controversy: As Afghanistan Retreats into Chaos
Afghanistan has been retreating back into chaos and repression in 2006 and 2007. The decision to delay the release of 'The Kite Runner" illustrates to what extent the country's situation has become precarious.

Arab Insight: Perspectives Exclusively by Arab Writers
Arab Insight is a new, English-language journal published in Cairo by the World Security Institute to build bridges with the West, and Washington in particular. Here's a link to the complete first issue, with articles on Islam and human rights and political Islam, among others.

"Voices of the New Arab Public": Interview with Author Marc Lynch
Marc Lynch, author of a popular blog on the Middle East and a professor of political science at George Washington University, talks to Bradford Plumer about his book exploring Arab media, and in particular al-Jazeera and the Iraqi public. From Mother Jones.

What Is the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar?
Description and brief history and purpose of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, designed by I.M. Pei

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