Liaisons in the Middle East

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (Drake): Militarization of the World: The Case of Iran. A study finds Al Jazeera helps shape political identity of Arabs. The first chapter from The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East by Timur Kuran. Secret liaisons in the Middle East: Every city is different on a gay writer’s eye-opening tour. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent visit to Hezbollah reveals the deepening isolation of the Shia in Lebanon. Can soccer solve a separatist problem in Yemen? Rap and metal on Planet Islam: James M. Dorsey on the booming voice of pent-up Middle Eastern anger. In the Arab world, as elsewhere, the Internet opens up new freedoms and opportunities for democracy — blogging involves playing with fire. In Abu Dhabi and Qatar, large-scale cultural projects, particularly museums, are being planned and built in an effort to reshape corners of the modern Arab world. A review of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters by James Zogby. Sultan of the Muslim World: Why the AKP’s Turkey will be the East’s next leader. Why can't Arabs and Iranians just get along? The 14 centuries of bad blood behind the WikiLeaks cables. What does Fethullah Gulen, the leader of the world’s most influential Islamic movement, really want? During 2009’s post-election protests in Tehran, one man is struck into a commitment to the cause. WikiLeaks: Mohammadbagher Forough on the tortuous politics of the Middle East and Iran. Qatar's Balancing Act: The Arab nation is keeping close ties with the US while building its relationship with Iran.