By Dr. N. Raphaeli* Courtesy MEMRI.org On August 13, 2009, the Iraqi daily Al-Zaman cited a statement by Yousef Al-Matlabi, political advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, accusing Saudi Arabia of inciting violence in Iraq. As evidence, he noted the arrest in Iraq of several Saudi nationals who had recently entered the country with clear instructions from the Saudi clerical establishment to carry out acts of violence against Shi'ite sites. 
By Tarek Heggy- Member of Al Waref Advisory Board Al Waref Exclusive As early as the first century of the Muslim calendar, Islam has known radical sects who demanded blind adherence to their rigid reading of the articles of faith, side by side with mainstream Islam, whose adherents eschew violence and extremism and do not profess to hold a monopoly on Truth.
Al Waref Institute is joining the cause of Bread for the World organization to help end poverty and hunger in the world. Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.
Without searching for it; without reflecting on it, I constantly find myself being faced with the dilemma of whether it would be wiser for me to stay away from using my writings to express political views or instead to use them as a very powerful means to express such views. And, surely I am not the only writer or artist who finds himself in this entanglement.