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Humanitarian tourism, while often well-intentioned, raises questions about its purpose, as well as its efficacy in addressing human needs and alleviating suffering. As I explained previously, the term “sufferari” seems an appropriate label for these excursions due to similarities with a safari. The question I pose concerning the sufferari among displaced individuals is not, “Is […] Read More

Landscapes throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been transformed by unfolding crises of forced migration. This is especially the case in Lebanon. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees reside within its borders, adding layers of dimension to long-existing populations of displacement. According to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Lebanon […] Read More

A greater and general regression is ongoing with respect to fundamental human rights in the stable states in the Middle East and North Africa – a trend that necessitates understanding the West’s collusion with human rights violations in the region. This Western collusion can range from political support at the United Nations Security Council to […] Read More

The Facebook page of an Egyptian friend of mine was deactivated recently following his arrest by government authorities so that the opinions he expressed could not be used against him during investigations. This seeming human rights violation by Egyptian authorities is symptomatic of a greater and general regression with respect to fundamental human rights in […] Read More

With the church of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on life support and fingers regularly pointing at Islam as the cause of its demise, there are three challenges to be faced: 1. Widespread negative views of Islam and Muslims. 2. The possibility of Christianity as we know it ceasing to exist. 3. An […] Read More

The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Some, like influential popular historian Philip Jenkins, have already begun to toll the funeral bells. How do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church in such circumstances? And are there lessons to […] Read More

I consistently encounter the same myths about the modern Middle East and its peoples. Some myths are seemingly innocuous, others less so. And because the world is now so interconnected, such long-standing myths must no longer have a place within our global discourse. Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East, and certain misperceptions […] Read More

Syrian refugees present an abundance of humanitarian and economic challenges to Lebanon – all well recognized by the global community. Unrecognized is the challenge they present to Lebanese churches. “The number of registered refugees from Syria is approaching 1 million and could grow to 1.6 million at the end of 2014 if current trends continue,” […] Read More

For nearly 10 years (1991-99), the country of Algeria was plunged into a horrific civil war. The brutality was unimaginable as an estimated 60,000 to 200,000 people were killed. Ironically, few in the Western world were aware of what was happening until Cistercian monks living in northern Algeria were massacred in 1996. They had been […] Read More

The North African region of Sudan – governed by British and Egyptian authorities until 1956 – has long been a hotbed for Muslim-Christian tensions. Embroiled in a conflict that spans two civil wars, it comprises a predominately Muslim Arab North Sudan and a predominantly Christian South Sudan. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan was formally […] Read More