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The Middle East isn't a geographical region so much as a political and economic one that tries to wield power beyond individual countries' borders through multinational organizations and institutions like OPEC and the Arab League. But are those organizations as powerful as they project themselves to be, or as unified in their political visions?

Current Situation in the Middle East
Who’s in power in the Middle East, what kind of political systems are emerging, and what are the latest developments?

Is OPEC Still Relevant?
OPEC--the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries--is a cartel that aims to control oil prices and production. But political divisions are undercutting its power.

What Is OPEC, the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries?
OPEC: History and member countries of the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries.

IAEA - The International Atomic Energy Agency
Definition and brief history of the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations agency.

Jewish Federations of North America
Brief description of the United Jewish Communities-Jewish Federations of North America, which represents hundreds of Jewish communities across the United States that raise money for Israel.

Ta'ayush
Definition of Ta'ayush, the Palestinian-Israeli grass-roots partnership and human rights movement designed to break down the walls of racism and segregation.

The Peres Center for Peace
Brief description and history of Israel's Peres Center for Peace, established in 1996 by former prime minister and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres.

What Is the Human Rights Council of the United Nations?
Purpose, history and make-up of the United Nations' Human Rights Council in a few words.

United Nations Human Rights Council Membership
Updated list of the 47 countries serving on the UN's Human Rights Council.

What Is UNRWA - The United Nations Relief Works Agency?
Brief history and definition of the UN's chief relief agency for Palestinian refugees.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
ICRW seeks to promote a world free of poverty in which women and men, girls and boys have equal opportunities to achieve their potential and realize their rights.

Yemen's Seyaj Organization For Childhood Protection
The Seyaj Organization For Childhood Protection is a Yemeni human rights and child advocacy organization.

J Street
Description and brief history of J Street, the Jewish-American lobbying organization and liberal counterpoint to AIPAC.

SCIRI: The Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq
Definition and brief history of SCIRI, the radical Shiite, Iranian-sponsored Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) believes that torture and ill treatment of any kind and under all circumstances is incompatible with the moral values of democracy and the rule of law.

Defence for Children International / Palestine Section
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Defence for Children International / PS
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Center for Liberty in the Middle East - Home
CLIME is a non-profit organization that supports individuals and groups in the Middle East that are promoting democratic values of liberty and tolerance.

Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
PASSIA seeks to present the Palestinian Question in its national, Arab and international contexts through academic research, dialogue and publication.

What Is Israel's Peace Now?
Description and brief history of Peace Now, one of Israel's largest non-governmental and human rights organizations working for a two-state solution and a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

OECD - The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation
A Definition of the OECD, the 30-country Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation.

What Is the Muslim Brotherhood?
What Is the Muslim Brotherhood, when was it founded, by whom and to what purpose? A quick explanation of the Ikhwan movement founded by Hasan al-Banna and remade by Syed Qutb.

OPEC Drips Up
How far can oil prices go, and how much will OPEC control prices by manipulating production? As high as possible, and as little as possible, respectively, as far as OPEC is concerned.

OPEC
The Web Site of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Organization of the Islamic Conference
An international organization representing 57 Muslim-oriented countries.

Official Web Site of A Common Word
138 Muslim scholars, clerics and intellectuals have unanimously come together to declare common grounds between Christianity and Islam, with an open letter to the world's churches. Every denomination and school of thought in Islam is represented, as is every major Islamic country. This is the movement's Web site.

UNRWA-The United Nations' Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees
UNRWA is the main provider of basic services -- education, health, relief and social services -- to over 4.4 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East.

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