VOICES: Egypt – Convicted for Trying to Help Build a Democracy

It’s not easy being a convicted felon. The fact that if I ever step foot in Egypt, or visit any of the countries with which it has extradition treaties (a long list by the way), I might be shoved into prison for five years is daunting, to say the least. What was my crime? Teaching More »

Annual Gibran Awards Honor Service, Human Achievement

Extraordinary contributions to mankind and professional excellence were recognized this week in Washington, D.C., at the 15th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, sponsored by the Arab American Institute (AAI). Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American poet, painter and philosopher, in whose honor the award is named, lived and wrote in the United States in More »

INSIGHT: Gaza – No Lessons Learned

The escalating violence between Israel and Gaza should remind us of old lessons that still need to be learned and new realities to which attention must now be paid. First and foremost among the old lessons is the fact that the successive waves of violence that have characterized the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have More »

VOICES: Palestinian-Americans Would Vote for _______ as President

An official U.S. general election mail-in ballot to be used in Hudson County, 8th Congressional District, is pictured in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 17, 2012.

The issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was not among those front and center in the recent foreign policy debate between U.S. presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but is has come up numerous times during the course of the campaign. Both candidates have stressed the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel but More »

Middle East Monitor: The Final Faceoff

- Middle East issues dominate the last of the U.S. presidential debates - What is the response among Jewish and Muslim American voters? - Report: the number of registered Syrian refugees has climbed to more than 358,000 - Qatar’s emir receives a hero’s welcome in the Gaza Strip - Egypt’s electricity woes amplify economic frustrations    More »

Points of View Podcast: What is it Like Being a Muslim in America?

Global Voice Hall uses social media and town hall meetings to bridge the gap of misunderstandings between the Middle East and the West. Their recent forum near Washington, D.C. looked at the volatile issue of being a Muslim in America. What’s the reality of problems and opportunities? I spoke with Cheryl Montavlo, a co-founder More »

WATCH: High Arab-American Voter Turnout Expected in US

Arab-Americans make up roughly 0.5 percent of voters who will cast a ballot in the November general election in the United States. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Dearborn, Michigan – home to the largest Arab-American community in the United States – despite those numbers, their influence is growing, and Arab-American community leaders More »

WATCH: Muslim-Americans React to Protests in Middle East

Many Muslims in the United States have been closely following news of the protests in the Middle East and the anti-Muslim film that sparked widespread unrest there. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee spoke to many of them about their thoughts. Many condoned the violent reactions to the video, others did not with some suggesting that there More »

WATCH: Anti-Islam Film Linked to ‘Islamophobic Industry’ in US

In the aftermath of widespread protests throughout the world stemming from an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States, VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky investigates the origins of Islamophobia in the U.S. Experts say U.S. Islamophobia comes from a well-financed group which has been cultivating these sentiments since the September 11, 2001,  terrorist attacks. Jocelyne Cesari from More »

Images of the Week: September 15 – September 21

Violence and calls for calm continued throughout the region in response to the Internet video ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammed. Muslim and Coptic leaders stood shoulder to shoulder urging peace between the religions. Services were held in Tripoli, Libya to remember Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in the most violent More »

QUICKTAKE: Islam Does Not Endorse Violence – Imam Hassan Qazwini

Following violent anti-American protests unleashed in many Middle Eastern and Muslim countries by the release in the U.S. of an amateur online video lambasting the Prophet Muhammad VOA’s Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke to Imam Hassan Qazwini, President of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, to ask about how American Muslims reacted to the More »

Images of the Week: September 8 – September 14

This week in the Middle East, a film trailer lambasting the prophet Mohammed contributed to anti-American protests in Cairo, Sanaa and Benghazi, resulting in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Embassy staff members. Also, new attacks broke out in Syria, UNHCR visited refugee camps, and  protests against poor living More »

QUICKTAKE: We Condemn US Envoy Killing, Anti-American Attacks in Libya, Egypt – Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR

U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three embassy staff have been killed after a mob angered over an amateur American-made short film that mocks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern city Benghazi late Tuesday. Responding to the violence, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, has condemned the killing of the More »

WATCH: Spying on New York Muslims Yields No Leads, NYPD Admits

The 9/11 terror attacks against the United States unleashed a deluge of surveillance activities by law enforcement agencies specifically targeting American Muslims. The initiative was met with broad opposition by the affected communities and produced a public outcry by civil liberties groups claiming that the effort amounted to nothing more than religious and ethnic More »

QUICKTAKE: Fear, Hysteria Drive US Islamaphobia – James Zogby

A recent poll of 2,100 Americans shows that many harbor negative views of American Muslims and Arab-Americans. Arabs, Muslims, Arab-Americans and American Muslims have the highest unfavorable rating among 13 religious and ethnic groups covered in the poll, conducted this month by the Arab American Institute. VOA’s Mohammed Elshinnawi spoke to Dr. James Zogby, president More »

#EgyptDecides – Ashraf Khalil: Reflections on Tahrir

Ashraf Khalil, an Egyptian-American journalist living in Cairo, literally wrote the book on Egypt’s Tahrir revolution. After writing for the Times of London and Foreign Policy magazine, in 2010, Khalil wrote “Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation” about the events leading up to the January 25 revolution that More »

American Businessman on Hunger Strike in Dubai Jail

There was never a real estate boom like it:  In May 2002, Dubai’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoom, issued a decree granting foreigners lifetime rights to buy, sell and lease property in specifically designated areas of the oil-rich emirate. The result was a scramble of buying, selling and lending in which huge More »

حوار حول الكوميديا السياسية في مصر مع باسم يوسف

يرى الدكتور باسم يوسف مقدم برنامج السخرية السياسية المشهور”البرنامج” أن النكتة السياسية سلاح المصريين في مواجهة الدكتاتورية وأن كل مرشحي الرئاسة في مصر قد انتهت صلاحيتهم وكان ينبغي أن يكون رئيس مصر من شباب الثورة. ورغم الاختيار الصعب الذي فرضه الواقع على الناخب المصري بين مرشح للإخوان المسلمين ومرشح محسوب على النظام السابق يشعر More »

#EgyptDecides مصرتقرر# : Help Us Tell Egypt’s Election Story in Two Days With Your Phone

The Voice of America is calling on Egyptian university students, freelance journalists and youth of all political persuasions to help our reporters tell the story of Egypt on Election Day. On June 16 & 17, grab your mobile phone and show the world what you’re experiencing when #EgyptDecides. Hosted by @MEVHutch Twitter hashtags: #EgyptDecides For Arabic users, More »

Egyptian Expats in US Kick Off Presidential Runoff Vote

Egyptian Americans started voting at Egypt’s diplomatic missions around the United States this week to help choose a president for their ancestral homeland 10,000 kilometers away. The polling in the U.S. is part of a run-off vote that will culminate in Egypt proper June 16-17. The presidential election – the first after strongman Hosni Mubarak’s More »