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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

THE FORGOTTEN SUMMER by Carol Drinkwater

Reviewed exclusively for The Middle East Online by Rhona Wells

With warmth, compassion and a deep…

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Editorial

Taking a risk on Europe

New EU dynamics could unsettle the world

Within the UK debate over whether Britain is better of in Europe or out of the EU alliance continues to rage. Journalist Mustapha Karkouti writes in…

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Current Affairs

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Sisi warns against “forces of evil” at play

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi (left),has urged citizens to defend the state and its institutions from what he called the “forces of evil”…

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Iran shows off its latest military hardware

Iran has displayed parts of its new Russian-made air defence system during its Army Day celebrations.

Pictures released by the semi-official ISNA…

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Assad: on his way out?

Yes, one can safely say that Syrian President Bashar Assad could unfortunately be winning the battle, but not necessarily the war. At best, he will…

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Egypt to ban wearing of the veil in public places?

The government of Egypt has revealed that draft legislation  is already in place which would  ban women from wearing the niqab veil in public,…

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Regional round-up

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Egypt Tourism: counting the cost of conflict

By Rhona Wells at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai
Egypt expects to attract 8.6 million tourists this year, down from 9.3 million in 2015,…

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IRAN: Did Obama conceed too much?

U.S President Barack Obama has defended his 2013 decision not to intervene militarily in Syria’s civil war in an interview in the Atlantic. He has…

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ISIS, OIL & ASSAD

In recent weeks the ISIS oil infrastructure has been on the receiving end of coalition air-strikes. However, locals in Eastern Syria where most oil…

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Business

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EBRD invests in Turkey’s first euro covered bond

In a move to encourage a new source of funding for Turkish banks, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing €50…

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Falling oil price forces Abu Dhabi’s hand

Abu Dhabi expects to post a wider budget deficit of Dhs 36.9bn ($10.1bn) in 2016 because of low oil prices, and plans to cover the gap mainly with…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Arabian Travel Market 2016 focuses on Responsible Tourism

By Rhona Wells

The 23rd Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will be held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 25-28 April.…

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News and Views

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Iran armed forces will aid Yemen

Iranian Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri has dropped a figurative bombshell regarding the conflict in Yemen. The deputy chief of staff of the armed…

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IRAQ: facing further catastrophe?

It is difficult to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq with perhaps three million dead, between the strangulating 1990 onward…

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Turkey faces growing terrorist backlash

Istanbul’s historic peninsula, whose skyline is dotted with Ottoman and Byzantine architecture and which encompasses both the Blue Mosque and Hagia…

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Still picking up the pieces . . .

The Middle East is still rocking from first world war pacts made 100 years ago. The agreements that shaped the region may be forgotten in the West,…

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The Hunger Wars

In the fall of 2012, fighters from the Free Syrian Army took over Eastern Ghouta, a semi-agricultural area about eight miles northeast of Damascus.…

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Mosaic

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Palestinian novel wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

A novel about Palestinian life in occupation and exile by Rabai al-Madhoun has won the ninth $50,000 International Prize for Arabic

Concerto of…

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Book review – Siwa Jewelry, Costume and life in an Egyptian oasis

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Jewelry, Costume and life in an Egyptian Oasis
By Margaret M. Vale
Published by American University in Cairo Press
Price $29.95…

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Dubai: Art and Design Move Forward

Sylvia Smith

In a pile-up of Ds, Design Days Dubai dives Downtown for its fifth show presenting more than 750 limited edition works, many making…

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