Russia Adds Arabic Language and Culture to its Curriculum

December 17, 2009 6:43 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy December 17, 2009 It’s no secret that Arabic has become very popular in the last few years. Enrollment in Arabic courses increased on the college level and more language and culture programs have been created throughout the world, not just the United States. However, Russia’s Ministry of […]

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NASA Launches Program for Students in the UAE

December 16, 2009 8:48 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy December 16, 2009 Earlier this month, NASA announced the launch of a joint program with the Arab Youth Venture Foundation to provide engineering students with the opportunity to work on NASA space missions. Up to 12 students will be selected annually to work on projects at the […]

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Egypt’s “First Husband’s Club” Takes Off

December 14, 2009 11:30 pm0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan December 14, 2009 Egyptian men are up in arms over a recent spate of female-initiated divorces in the country, which have left many ex-husbands feeling vulnerable and unmanly. The Egyptian Organization for Divorced Men is the brainchild of Abdul Rahman Hamed, who just so happens to have […]

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Ten Things that Make Hajj Easier

November 24, 2009 8:45 pm0 comments

By Moniza Khokhar November 24, 2009 Every year, the Saudi Government must prepare for the influx of pilgrims ready to perform the religious pilgrimage, the Hajj.  With roughly 2.5 million pilgrims entering the holy city of Mecca each year, the Saudis have a lot to worry about.  But luckily, because […]

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Can 140 characters transform the Middle East?

October 1, 2009 7:00 pm1 comment

Sara Elghobashy September 27, 2009 Protests following the most recent Iranian elections opened the world’s eyes to the power of Twitter. While the social networking site was designed around the question “What are you doing?,” Iranian protestors used it to leak videos of demonstrations to foreign news sources and pressure […]

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Twestival is Underway Around the World

September 10, 2009 9:18 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy September 10, 2009 So you think social media is for uploading photos of you and your friends at Saturday’s barbeque, sharing your favorite song lyrics in your status and posting videos on people’s walls, right? WRONG. Umm, well, I mean, right, BUT this weekend, it can be […]

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Obama’s “Ramadan Kareem” Message Hits the Right Notes

August 25, 2009 10:22 pm0 comments

On Friday morning, the White House Blog released this video in which President Obama wished Muslims “Ramadan Kareem.” Accompanied by a message from Deputy Counsel Rashad Hussain, Obama’s speech was translated into a slew of languages (Arabic, Bengali, Dari, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu) to ensure […]

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Site of the Taj Mahal is getting a face lift…and a Ferris wheel?

August 12, 2009 10:09 pm0 comments

Posted by Sara Elghobashy August 4, 2009 I’ve always said, “You know what the Taj Mahal needs? A Ferris wheel.” Well lucky me, my dreams may come true after all. The Telegraph reports that officials in India are attempting to spice up tourism by adding ropewalks, a suspension bridge, cable […]

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Eid is almost, kind of, sort of an official school holiday now (but not really)

July 13, 2009 6:17 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy July 9th, 2009 On June 30th, the NY City Council passed a resolution to add Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the public schools’ holiday calendar. Unfortunately, the resolution is non-binding. It is now up to Mayor Bloomberg, who currently holds the power to make this decision, […]

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Can I Get a Witness? Mecca’s New Black Imam (Re)Mixes It Up

July 7, 2009 5:22 pm0 comments

By Fareeda Ahmed July 6th, 2009 So you want to make a difference? Heal the world, make it a better place. I hear you. But what can you do? After all, you’re just you. But that’s ok. I’m a you, too. (Nice to meet you.) So what do we do, […]

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