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Help me find this anecdote about Obama

I vaguely remember reading sometime in the last year or two an anecdote about President Obama's attitudes about military intervention. This was probably in a long form piece from the New Yorker, Atlantic, etc. Obama and advisors were considering intervention in the Middle East (Syria? Libya? Iraq?), and Obama asked his staff for an example of a successful military intervention in that region, and was met by silence. Anyone remember specifically what I'm talking about? I've been googling without success, which makes me think I have one or two of the details wrong.
posted by crazy with stars on Aug 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Help us donate to a charity working for peace in the middle east

My grandmother wants to donate some money to a charity working for peace in the middle east. She doesn't want to support an organisation working for or motivated by religion. She wants to donate in UK pounds. Does anyone have any ideas? I have suggested Medecins Sans Frontieres, but she would prefer something focused more on peace. Thanks!
posted by einekleine on Apr 3, 2016 - 11 answers

Single word for Islamophobia that describes origin, not religion?

"Islamophobia" is natural as a default word because >90% of Middle Eastern people identify as Muslims -- but is there any other single word for MiddleEasternpersonphobia that's not religion-based? (I'm asking about a single word because I'm wondering if there's a replacement specifically for the term "anti-Islamophobic.")
posted by kalapierson on Nov 19, 2015 - 13 answers

First (only?) trip to Israel next month, best side trips for 3-4 days?

I'm going to Tel Aviv next month for a school function for about 5-6 days, that will include a 1-2 day side trip to Jerusalem. I'll also have a couple days before and after on my own, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by skewed on Dec 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I stay healthy while traveling overseas for 3 weeks?

I'll be travelling in the Middle East this December, visiting relatives (and relatives friends, I suppose) for three weeks. How can I maintain a healthy diet in a country where turning down food (even politely) is considered very rude? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Oct 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me understand the history of the Middle East

The recent conflict in Gaza has reminded me that one of the things that I have wanted to read up on is the recent history of the Middle East, particularly Israel. Can anyone recommend comprehensive and (somewhat) objective books on the subject? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Sep 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Tell me about the world

Today I read this article about Iraq, and I'm so glad I did. It is a well written history of middle east conflict, that's entertaining enough that I read the whole thing to the end. I know it isn't comprehensive (and I'm sure it contains details that are debatable), but it has turned me into a more educated news reader. Now I'm hungry to learn more about other places as well. [more inside]
posted by superfish on Sep 12, 2014 - 3 answers

What is Gaza to the West Bank?

What is the modern political and cultural connection between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Fesenjān is just too messy

Seeking recipes for tasty North African/Middle Eastern/Central Asian finger foods! [more inside]
posted by troika on Jan 29, 2014 - 6 answers

downtempo with an Indian, Middle Eastern, or Gypsy jazz influence

Looking for some downtempo/chillout music with an Indian, Middle Eastern, or Gypsy jazz influence.
posted by evil otto on Oct 29, 2013 - 9 answers

New Year's Trip to North Africa, Middle East, Southern Europe?

My extended family is trying to put together a trip to someplace interesting, warm and beach-y, to occur around New Year's. For a variety of complicated reasons related to where people will be traveling from, the Middle East, North Africa and far southern Europe are the most feasible destinations. Where should we consider going? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Travel options starting in the UAE in late spring?

I'm working in Abu Dhabi until late May. At the end of my contract, I'll have a number of visitors staying with me. We are interested in travel destinations for a 7-10 day trip leaving from Abu Dhabi or Dubai at that time. Currently on the list is India (but what part?), Sri Lanka, and Turkey. I will be doing some short, weekend-length trips on my own the next few months including Jordan, Oman, and Qatar and while we have discussed those as places as possibilities to visit, they aren't necessarily where we could see ourselves spending a week and a half.
posted by tip120 on Feb 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Women and the Arab Spring

I'm looking for any resources on the role women are playing in the Arab Spring. Articles, websites, essays, videos, art, statistics etc. are all greatly appreciated. Both Arabic and English would work. Thank you!
posted by Corduroy on Jan 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I find information on government expenditure? Middle East!

Expert googler help needed! [more inside]
posted by theJigsawLady on Jul 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Tehran in the Autumn?

Any recent visitors to Tehran? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jul 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Software development jobs in the Middle East

Any tips for finding software development jobs in the Middle East? Specifically Jordan? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jul 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Recommendations for Middle Eastern Postcolonial Literature

Help me find postcolonial literature from the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Jun 25, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I become an informed citizen of the world?

What's the best neutral, digestible, comprehensive primer to politics in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Civilian deployment blog?

I'm looking for a blog about a civilian embarking on a short-term deployment to Afghanistan (or Iraq?) in some sort of support role—I think he was involved in engineering or computer modeling or mapping or something similar. I believe he was either a MeFite or was mentioned somewhere on MetaFilter. Anyone have a link? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Apr 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Dear new friend.

I would like to be a Mid-East soldier's internet pen pal. [more inside]
posted by hubble on Apr 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Did anyone predict the Middle Eastern revolts?

Are there any political scientists or Middle Eastern scholars who predicted the recent protests? I.e. in the way that these people predicted the Great Collapse of 2008?
posted by r_nebblesworthII on Feb 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Everyday life at the time of Christ

Looking for information about daily life for everyday folks in the Middle East around the time of Christ. [more inside]
posted by apparently on Feb 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Goodbye and don't let the rain of shoes hit you on your way out

Now that Mubarak has stepped down after weeks of protests, is any other authoritarian governments in the region on the brink of similar civic uprising? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on Feb 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Have you been to Beirut?

Should I go to Lebanon in April? What do I need to know if I go? I have a chance to attend a conference there, and need to decide quickly if I'm going, and if so, how long I want to spend there and if I want to go anywhere else in the area. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer on Feb 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Best streaming coverage of Middle East?

Where is the best streaming coverage of the Middle East? I've been following #JAN25 on Twitter, but I'd like a nice audio stream so I can actually get some work done.
posted by notion on Jan 26, 2011 - 11 answers

The Boy with the Arab Rap

Looking for some musical recommendations. Hip hop, dance or other modern genres of music from the Middle East/Africa. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Dec 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Trying to find a name of the movie about a photographer in the Middle East.

Trying to find a name of the movie about a photographer in the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Oct 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Venomous Middle Eastern Water Snakes?

Are there any venomous water snakes that live in the Middle East or Northern Africa? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Jun 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Article about the Transformation of a Middle Eastern Family

Looking for a magazine-style article where the author recounts how his middle eastern family changed over the course of a generation from modern secularism to religious/political conservativism [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on May 28, 2010 - 5 answers

No skin? No sweat!

How can I keep cool while covering up? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Please don't let me ask something inane...

Please help me formulate a great question (or two) for a panel on Afghanistan/Pakistan/Iraq! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on May 4, 2010 - 14 answers

how to send money from Dubai to California?

How to wire money from Dubai to California? And more importantly - possible legal implications? [more inside]
posted by gcat on Feb 10, 2010 - 13 answers

working in Qatar for young women

Expat life in Doha, Qatar: I am likely to relocate in two weeks to a country I have never been to. My biggest concerns are 1) the work environment in general and specifically for a young American woman trying to get things done in an industrial, engineering position and 2) the social life for said young women, who are used to having a lot of guy friends. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Oct 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know?

Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Egypt Was Good Enough for King Tut

MovingFarAwayFilter: GF is dead-set on moving from Brooklyn to Cairo, Egypt, for at least a year. I'm pretty resistant to the idea since I love NYC and, if forced to move outside the US, there are hundreds of cities I'd rather move to. I desperately need some 1st/2nd person accounts of living in Cairo / Egypt to help make this decision. [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Aug 23, 2009 - 43 answers

I want to go somewhere between Cairo and Dublin.

Where should I spend my final week, after a summer of study abroad? I am open to almost anything, only limited by my pocketbook. [more inside]
posted by ananda gale on Jun 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Book concerning the origins of the Israeli state and it's conflict with Palestine

What book should I read to get an understanding of the the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the history of the Israeli state? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jun 29, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me go everywhere but Babylon

Middle East Travel Advice: I'm flying to Istanbul next Sunday, and then have about 3 weeks to travel overland between Istanbul and Cairo. Where should I go? What should I see? I need some advice, and first-person experience and anecdotes are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Jun 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Book about Islam and intellectualism, what's the title?

I'm trying to find a book about Islam and intellectualism. I can remember the cover, and the content - but not the title or the author. Gah! [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 26, 2009 - 11 answers

Trip Filter: Can't see it all, so help me decide

What's not to be missed during nine days in Israel? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Apr 13, 2009 - 21 answers

Days, I dive by the wreck. Nights, I swim in the blue lagoon.

Socotra. Djerba. Ascension. Recommend other remote, Africa-proximate getaways, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Feb 19, 2009 - 5 answers

I just want some sad vocals

I'm looking for Middle Eastern folk music, preferably the kind with really awesome singing. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Feb 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Cheapest way of transferring money (UK) to a foreign bank

What is the cheapest way of transferring money to a foreign bank from a UK bank account? [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Jan 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Suggestions for a special or unusual gift from Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Jordan (for an American)?

Suggestions for a special or unusual gift from Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Jordan (for an American)? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Dec 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Gandhigh Jump

After looking at this map, I'm curious as to why South Asian and Middle Eastern countries are vastly underrepresented in the Olympic games. What exactly are the economic, political, religious, or cultural factors that play into this?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 18, 2008 - 18 answers

Can anyone remember this video from my horrible description?

I'm looking for an online video that I've seen within the last couple of years of a one man show by a British comedian that covered the reasons why America invaded Iraq and the history leading up to it. [more inside]
posted by rfbjames on May 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Good introductory books about Islam and Middle-Eastern geo-politics?

As a student of international relations, I'm trying to acquire a broad understanding of Islam and Middle-Eastern culture. I'm looking for a few books to read in my spare time that touch on these subjects. [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Apr 2, 2008 - 14 answers

Middle East political theory question...

Have any well-known Middle East scholars come out in favor of uniting Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank into one multi-ethnic, secular state, with the goal of making all residents equal citizens?
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Middle East in Hebrew?

Where can I find good online maps of the Middle East with the country and place names in Hebrew? Something like this one here. I can't read or write Hebrew, so I'm (apparently) hampered in tracking something down. Making an English language search and then trawling through 20 pages of google images at google.co.il turned up nothing. Alternatively, where can I buy such a map in London?
posted by londongeezer on Sep 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me figure out this job offer in Bahrain

I am hopeful of being offered a job in software development in a construction company in Bahrain. I have a final interview tomorrow. I am a B.E.(Computer) with 7 year experience in various software projects, currently working in a US-based software MNC in Bangalore, India. Help me evaluate this job in terms of what salary package I can expect (or rather negotiate for) and other general Hows-n-Whats about (cost of) living in Bahrain. [more inside]
posted by forwebsites on Sep 2, 2007 - 0 answers

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