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September 2014

Issue 457

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Challenges ahead for MENA economies in transition
A special report prepared by international economic analyst Moin Siddiqi

Unlike the rich GCC oil producers

EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Challenges ahead for MENA economies in transition

A special report prepared exclusively for THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE  by international economic analyst Moin Siddiqi

 

Now into the fifth…

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Editorial

How many more must suffer and die?

EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Refugee crisis: their suffering shames us all

By Pat Lancaster

Like most of the world, I was profoundly shocked by the image of three-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a…

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Current Affairs

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Yemen conflict strengthens influence of Al Qaeda

 

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has a long established presence in Yemen and has exploited the political and security vacuum…

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Wanton destruction of an ancient wonder confirmed by U.N.

Satellite images show little is left of the once magnificent Temple of Bel after ISIL’s claim to have blown up the main structure of the ancient…

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit U.S.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman (below), will visit the United States next month for the first time since acceding the throne and following a rift over…

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(FILES) In a file picture taken on October 7, 2005 Iranian soldiers stand guard in front of the gate of British embassy in Tehran. Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on June 17, 2014, as the West steps up its engagement with Tehran amid rapid jihadist advances in neighbouring Iraq. AFP PHOTO/ BEHROUZ MEHRI

Iran & Britain mend fences

The British embassy in Iran reopened on 23rd August, nearly four years after it closed following a demonstration against the tightening of sanctions.…

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Regional round-up

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The changing dynamics of Mideast politics

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are no longer dependent on other regional powers or super powers to protect their interests. Iran may have secured the deal…

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Demonstrations of one kind or another became commonplace following the fall of the Mubarak regime

Egypt: still supported by the West

After a long period of upheaval, Egyptians are still striving to return to some sort of normality. Opinions on whether President Abdel Fattah El Sisi…

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IS militants behead leading authority on ancient Syria

Isis militants have tortured and executed the antiquities chief of the ancient city of Palmyra, according to Syrian officials and activists. A…

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Business

01 Aug 2007, SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt --- Fish swim near a plastic bag along a coral reef off the coast of the Red Sea resort town of Naama Bay.  Egypt's Red Sea coast is a popular vacation destination and water sports such as snorkling and diving burden the delicate underwater environment. Debris such as plastic bags which take 10 to 20 years to degrade and the heavy commercial traffic are contributing to the degradation of the underwater environment of what is considered one of the most diverse underwater tropical paradises.  --- Image by © Mike Nelson  /epa/Corbis

EBRD invests €20 million in Tunisian lake project

 

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is joining international efforts to clean up Tunisia’s Lake Bizerte with a…

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Gold prices set to tumble

Middle East investors have been warned that the price of gold is likely to fall significantly in coming months. At the beginning of September spot…

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Banknotes and coins: currency of Qatar, Riyal, QAR, Bahrain Dinar, BHD, and the United Arab Emirates or UAE, Dirham, AED

UAE: the great tax debate

With oil prices halving from a high of $115 per barrel last year to a low of $45 per barrel in January, Gulf Cooperation Council countries have been…

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News and Views

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Morocco prepares for local elections

As campaigning for Morocco’s local elections is under way, several activists have also been distributing leaflets calling for a boycott, Al Jazeera…

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A time for change

Mahmoud Abbas as President has shown more concern about keeping a tight grip on power than seeking liberation for the people he represents, writes…

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Islam in SA

Book review – Islam in Saudi Arabia

Islam in Saudi Arabia
By David Commins
Published by I B Tauris
ISBN 9781848858015
Price £12.99 paperback

The common image of Saudi Arabia…

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Turkey must decide warns Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has  urged Turkish voters to back the ruling party in November snap elections, saying the polls would be a choice…

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TUNISIA: tough new laws on terror

In the wake of a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Tunisia this year, the democratically-elected Tunisian Parliament has adopted a new anti-terror…

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Travelog

Abstract tapestry work by Lebanese artist Ethel Adnan

EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Art from around the Arab World

Words by Sylvia Smith, photography by Richard Duebel

The world seems to be suddenly waking up to the importance of early Arab modern artists.…

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