Where is the love in the Middle East this Valentine's Day?
In light of Valentine's Day and Whitney Houston's untimely death, so close to the calendar day on which we traditionally enjoy her love ballads, we decided to pair some of her greatest hit titles with some loveless Arab leaders, and some defining moments from the Arab Spring plus general war-torn region. While not without its moments of love and unity, this Arab season, more recentlly steeped in ongoing conflict, has been quite devoid of love. With no Whitney, and even less love, (though some Arab leaders, mid-conflict, might tell their people otherwise, that '"My love is your love"), we try to inject some much-needed love back to the region, courtesy of the greatest of all, Whitney Houston.
Where is the love in the Middle East this Valentine's Day? With leaders still at militant logger-heads with their own people, and broken hearts left over from war torn regions, Valentine's Day for Arabs at home might be as conflicted an occasion as love affairs universally can be.