A changing middle east: New jobs for women in Saudi Arabia

For the first time in Saudi Arabia are being allowed to work in pharmacies, herbal medicine stores and optical stores in malls. The new opportunities are part of a plan, called Saudi Vision 2030, to diversify its economy away from a reliance on oil by utilizing a traditionally untapped resource: women.

The ultra-conservative, Wahhabi nation, […]

Oscar Foreign-Language: Middle East Grows More Competitive

With submissions helmed by a former foreign-language Oscar winner (Iran’s Asghar Farhadi) and a two-time nominee (Palestine’s Hany Abu-Assad), Middle Eastern titles look to be more competitive than ever in the foreign-language film category. While the lineup includes some films that premiered at major events such as Sundance and Cannes, all the 11 regional entries […]

Baltimore County dedicates monument for veterans killed in Middle East conflicts

I’s often the simple, routine occurrences, like taking out the trash, that trigger memories of Ursula Palmer’s husband, Collin J. Bowen, a National Guardsman who died after he was injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

Since his death in 2008, Palmer has remarried and relocated to Northern Virginia. “You move forward, you […]

Middle East on the Edge of Political, Social Implosion

One of the Middle East’s foremost diplomats warned the region remains on the precipice of implosion — split along sectarian, cultural and political lines.

Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian foreign minister from 2013-2014, said on Tuesday, “We see a large number of non-state actors [and] ISIS is just one” threatening the stability of nation-states in the region, […]

Senators spar with Dunford over Middle East fight

A top Senate Republican blasted the Joint Chiefs chairman for ignoring tens of thousands of civilian deaths in Syria during his assessment of progress of U.S. military operations in the Middle East on Thursday.

The tense exchange between Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and Gen. Joseph Dunford was the culmination of a […]

Malmstrom airmen return from Middle East

All of the airmen who deployed from Malmstrom Air Force Base at the start of the year are back home.


About 140 airmen deployed in December and January for a few months to areas in the Middle East and returned in waves this summer.


Staff Sgt. Jason Brown returned in July from Qatar, […]

American Women Selling Lingerie to the Middle East

You can buy almost anything within the ancient stone walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. On Saturdays, when much of the city is shut down for the Jewish Sabbath, I love to walk through the lively Muslim Quarter of the Old City, past the carts with heaping piles of fragrant, freshly picked strawberries, the coffee vendors […]

5 remain missing after Tel Aviv building collapse

At least five people remain unaccounted for after a residential building collapsed today in Tel Aviv, police said.

Fifteen people have been treated for injuries in the wake of the incident, which Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said occurred when a crane collapsed on an underground car park.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed police source as […]

Middle East life expectancy drops due to conflict

Wars and uprisings in the Middle East have wiped five years off local life expectancy due to high casualties and drops in healthcare standards, a study warns.


The result of the ongoing war in Syria and intermitted, violent political uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia mean more people die in violence than before […]

The Precarious State of Middle East Christians

I started writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 1998. At the time of the Second Intifada, 2000-2005, it became increasingly evident that Palestinian Christians felt vulnerable. They had been an instrumental part of the Palestinian national movement, but the character of Palestinian nationalism shifted in a more Islamic direction during those years. The Christians told […]

Mother’s Day around the World

The origins of Mother’s Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother’s Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute […]

Miss Israel didn’t win but what happened to Miss Columbia is much worse

The pageant of Miss Universe ended with a gaff, after its first edition since the annual beauty show was thrust into controversy when then co-owner and US presidential candidate, Donald Trump, made disparaging remarks about immigrants.


Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a Filipino-German actress and model born in Stuttgart and raised in Cagayan de Oro, was […]