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TUNISIA: Bourguiba Returns

Thirteen years after his death, Habib Bourguiba has returned to the avenue that bears the late president’s name in downtown Tunis. The statue…

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Current Affairs

epa05343565 French President Francois Hollande (first row C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (first row C-L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (first row C-R) and officials pose for a group photo prior to an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, 03 June 2016. France is hosting talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have received a chilly response from Washington, but diplomats say merely swinging the spotlight back onto the stalemate is a victory. Instead representatives of some 25 countries, as well as the United Nations, European Union and Arab League, will try and lay the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.  EPA/KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU / POOL MAXPPP OUT 
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PALESTINE: EU Ministers back on the bandwagon

The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, comprising the 28 foreign ministers of the EU’s member countries, has adopted a resolution backing…

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U.S. back peddles on arms sales to the Gulf

Kuwait recently signed a contract with the Eu­rofighter consortium for 28 advanced Typhoon strike jets worth $8.7 bil­lion as part of a major drive…

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Erdogan is angry that Turkey is being left to shoulder the lion's share of the financial burden

Ankara conference cites skinflints & aid dodgers

Pat Lancaster in Kuwait City

The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah hit out at the “Conflicts and natural disasters that have left many…

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Islamic State infiltrates Somalia

Somalia has re-entered the international spotlight in recent weeks amidst growing alarm over a new, active Islamic State (IS) presence in East…

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Regional round-up


IRAN: still waiting for the post sanctions bonanza

The United States and Iran had little trust in one another when it came to negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Yet, Iran…

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Spain’s Calatrava will design UAE’s Expo 2020 pavilion

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (right) has won the design competition for the UAE pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. Calatrava’s design, inspired…

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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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QATAR: 3 years of budget deficits predicted

Qatar’s government expects to run a budget deficit for at least three years as low natural gas and oil prices weigh on its revenues, the Ministry…

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Moody’s cuts Saudi, Oman, Bahrain debt ratings

Moody’s Investors Service cut its debt ratings for Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain on Saturday while assigning negative outlooks to three…

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Kuwait’s Investment Dar seeks backing for new $2.7bn debt plan

Kuwait’s Investment Dar has offered to hand assets to creditors immediately, a source close to the company revealed, in a bid to win them over to…

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News and Views

While Palestinians live without water

Dying of thirst: Israelis launch their water weapon on Palestinians

 The Palestinian city of Salfit sits atop an underground wealth of water, but the city’s residents are forbidden from accessing it – and they are…

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Is Qatar getting fat on the backs of slaves?


Qatar has ranked in the top five countries in the world for prevalence of modern day slavery, according to a new report.

The Gulf…

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U.S. launches Cyberwar on IS

The United States has de­clared cyberwar on the Is­lamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the first known such attempt to cripple a military force in…

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The collective voice of Arab youth must be heard and heeded

The destructive power of despair

As the war against the Is­lamic State (ISIS) inten­sifies, a survey of young Arabs, a major source of recruitment by the ji­hadists, and a trove…

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By sparing Israel, Abbas deepens Palestinian split

The PNA leader seemingly lacks the wisdom or even the desire to understand the priority of uniting his people 
during a time of hardship, and rapid…

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Coming up for Air

Sylvia Smith

The British Museum has a knack for displaying forgotten treasures, but its current, atmospheric exhibition, devoted to the underwater…

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Book review – The turbulent world of Middle East soccer

The turbulent world of Middle East soccer
By James M Dorsey
Published by Hurst & Co
ISBN 9781849043311
Price £15.99 paperback

James M.…

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Sharjah struggles to keep the art of theatre alive (above) but elsewhere in the Arab world is enough being done to nurture young talent?

Is the art of Arab theatre dead?


Celebrated film and television actors and popular theatre artists from across the Arab world have called for a strong theatre movement…

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