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A visit with Ayman Nour

The failed presidential candidate who spent three years imprisoned by his poiltical rival was released in February and has large aspiration for Egypt.

Qatar, the tiny powerhouse

As an oil-rich nation in the Persian Gulf, Qatar continues leveraging its vast natural resources and media empire to gain regional clout that far outweighs its tiny size.

Unpacking Obama's speech in Cairo

CAIRO – President Obama’s speech to the Arab world here earlier this month is still evoking praises and unfavorable mentions of former president George W. Bush from locals, including a former Egyptian Foreign Minister.

Women in Islamic Qatar

DOHA, Qatar -- Aisha Almannai, Dean of College of Sharia at Qatar University holds a controversial position as the first female head of sharia studies in the Gulf region.

Middle East dispatches

With the backdrop of Obama's historic address to the Muslim world, I'll be heading to Qatar and Egypt for three weeks and then to Jerusalem.