Indian-born filmmaker and LGBT activist Parvez Sharma's new documentary A Sinner in Mecca is a rare glimpse at a gay man's journey to Saudi Arabia.
The proliferation of threats across the Middle East has forced the US to focus its defense strategy on bolstering the military capabilities of its strongest ally in a region perpetually gutted by turmoil.
Al-Namrood have never played a live show, because it could result in the entire band being executed.
Earlier this month, a street performer known as "Sorcerer" was beheaded by militants. Why are these extremists so angry at sleight-of-hand artists?
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani just released a recording titled "Die in Your Rage."
The Canadian government may defend the right to freedom of speech abroad, but it should also focus on repealing its own anti-blasphemy law.
Over the past year and a half, regimes throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates, have been snapping up former members of Congress to help push their interests in Washington.
Ottawa is exporting less military aid overall but upping shipments to India, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as other non-NATO allies with questionable moral records.
The current slump in oil prices could spell the end of North American fracking, but will price volatility mean trouble for the more financially stable tar sands?
The Saudi government has resorted to employing so-called "White Hat" hackers to try to wipe their internet landscape of porn, social media sites, and anything else they deem inappropriate.
China's worldwide resources shopping spree has set its eyes on New Zealand milk, and it's making farmers very nervous.
A 25-year-old activist spent the night in her car after police confiscated her passport for trying to drive across the Saudi Arabian border on Sunday night.
"The G-20 is a very important meeting where the world's most vital matters are to be discussed, and I'm here to tell you that Australia is going to win."
Writing can be a dangerous, even lethal profession in the region. In honor of the brave authors who continue to challenge censorship and Banned Books Week, we made you a reading list.
The grim specter of the Islamic State loomed heavily over the NATO summit. The jihadist group dictated the agenda of the event being held at the five-star resort in Newport and nearby Cardiff Castle.
"ISIS are good fighters, but we fucked them," Yusuf Halap said in fluent English. I was sitting with Yusuf and two other young media activists in the Bab al Salam camp for internally displaced Syrians, a hundred yards south of the Turkish border. Bab al S…
Last year, the Reykjavík City Council granted a plot for Iceland's first mosque, and the Muslim Association of Iceland said they're about to break ground next week. As you'd expect, everyone is pissed.
Migrant workers are paying the ultimate price for the Blade Runner fantasies of oil princes.
From the all-out civil war in Syria to the internet restrictions in Turkey and the return of the military rule in Egypt, the revolutionary youth of the Arab Spring seem to be facing one hurdle after another. There is no evidence at all to support the theo…
The ACLU released an interactive map that highlights the shocking racial disparity of marijuana arrests in the United States. According to their findings, a Black person is three times as likely as a White person to be arrested for cannabis-related offens…
If Wadjda, the first ever film shot entirely within Saudi Arabia, was bad it would still be a bold political statement. The fact that it's great is just a bonus.
Many women in Middle Eastern countries prefer to wear some kind of religious head covering, but that doesn't mean that they want to suppress their sexuality or that they're oppressed by men.
Last week, the UN elected serial human rights repressor Vietnam to its 47-seat Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Despite operating a single party communist regime—under which freedom of speech, right to protest, and many other liberties are routinely denied—V…
Dr. Abdul Al Lily is Saudi Arabia's first sex blogger to write in English. He says, "When you want to make a Saudi happy, make jokes about sex." But his blog is no laughing matter. Banned in Saudi Arabia, Sex and Beyond: Saudi Arabia addresses the sex iss…