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YEMEN: UN comment on escalating disaster

Escalating conflict over the past four weeks has worsened an already large-scale humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The upsurge in violence has further…

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Current Affairs


Political Islam is the real problem facing Muslims

Political Islam has tarnished Muslims and Islam to such an extent that the word “Muslim” is now synonymous with terrorism, misogyny and…

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Iran hits out at Saudi intervention in Yemen

Iran’s leader condemned the military intervention by its main regional rival Saudi Arabia in Yemen as genocide, sharply escalating Tehran’s…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . .   Holding the line


Gulf Arabs bolster forces as US exits

By Ed Blanche


As the Middle East is convulsed by unparalleled upheaval, and faces…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . ALGERIA: A brewing crisis

By Ed Blanche

Algeria’s most infamous and politically explosive corruption scandal went to trial in Algiers on 15 March, five years after it…

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Regional round-up


IRAQ: Looking to the long term

As news came through of the re-capture of the Baiji oil refinery from ISIS, the campaign to drive ISIS from Iraq seems to be in the ascendency.…

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YEMEN: United Nations appeals for $275 million aid package


The UN has launched an appeal for nearly $275 million of aid to help civilians caught up in Yemen’s worsening conflict. About 150,000…

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TURKEY: Erdogan and the desperate search for a role

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements and itinerary are clearly posing more worrying questions than providing reassuring…

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EBRD to stimulate international trade in Jordan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is aiming to boost export and import activities in Jordan by providing a $10 million…

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UAE looks at multi million $ energy saving

The UAE could achieve energy system savings of $1.9 billion by 2030 by producing a 10 per cent share of renewable energy in its total energy supply…

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Saudi Arabia’s stock market streamlining

The long wait is over … almost. Reports indicate that by April eligible foreign institutional investors will be allowed to start trading directly…

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News and Views

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Book review – The hidden lights of objects

The hidden light of objects
By Mai Al-Nakib
published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation
ISBN 9789992195413
price £8.99 paperback

Winner of the…

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Interview: Kuwaiti sculptor Sami Mohammed

Sami Mohammad, the celebrated  Kuwaiti artist and sculptor, whose work has attracted attention not only from the Arab world but across the globe,…

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Book review – The blue between sky and water

The blue between sky and water
By Susan Abulhawa
published by Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781408655101
price £16.99 hardback

The Blue Between Sky and…

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Exclusive to The Middle East online – Tourism adds $7.6 billion to Qatar’s economy

Qatar saw 2.8 million visitors enter the country in 2014, an 8.2% increase in numbers over the previous year, generating 61,000 jobs in the tourism…

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