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QATAR and possibly the world’s largest ever recorded ransom

The BBC, Britain’s state radio and television news provider, has recently published an article which questions whether or not, Qatar has paid the…

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST Transformer or just another autocrat?

By Guest Columnist Mona Al Ghussein.
In a series of breath taking actions Mohammad bin Salman bin Abulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has…

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Current Affairs


Saudi defence official arrested on bribery charge

Saudi Arabia has arrested a defence ministry official on charges of receiving a SAR1m ($267,000) bribe and abusing his position, the SPA state news…

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YEMEN: “Human catastrophe” imminent

Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels, according to reports from the…

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Gulf bail out for Jordan

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to provide an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, which is facing an…

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Can President Sisi make good on his promises?

EGYPT: Can Sisi keep his promises?

Despite presidential promises for a more open and transparent society, fears for the future of democracy in Egypt were further exacerbated when a…

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Regional round-up

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UAE urges Arab nations to enter space race

The Middle East and North Africa region is catching up with the global race to space, thanks to the leadership of the UAE. As the recent Global…

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IRAN: Currency tumbles as ‘nuclear deal’ become increasingly wobbly


Iran is experiencing a financial crisis as its currency, the rial, has dropped to unprecedented levels over in recent months.

Over the…

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The squabbles of sheikhs threaten the peace of future generations in the Horn of Africa

Gulf debacle threatens stability of Horn of Africa

The political crisis between some countries in the Gulf has had an unexpected consequence – a rush to build ports all down the Somali coast and some…

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IRAN: Rouhani scapegoated for failing economy


Iranian hard-liners are euphoric as President Hassan Rouhani (right), is under increasing pressure from public opinion and losing…

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The EBRD will help open up new opportunities within the illegally Occupied Territories of Palestine

Boost for Palestine business initiatives

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching its first technical cooperation project in the West Bank and Gaza  to…

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Dubai Metro transports thousands of the city's workforce to and from their jobs daily but how many Emiratis want to join their ranks?

UAE: FNC demands more jobs for nationals

Members of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC) will press the government to expand its Emiratisation drive, after the recent announcement of…

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News and Views

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Al-Qaeda targets foreign firms in Sahel states

Terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), currently operating in the Sahel and Sahara, have started to issue new…

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UAE’s nuclear start up delayed

The start-up of the Arab world’s first nuclear reactor – in the UAE – has been delayed and operations are now scheduled to begin between the…

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TURKEY: Erdoğan faces trial by Twitter

The Turkish president, Reccep Tayyip Erdoğan, has vowed to step down if his people decide they have had “enough”, prompting opponents to propel…

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Hezbollah declares ‘victory’ in Lebanon elections

Hezbollah and its political allies are the biggest winners in Lebanon’s first general election in nine years, an analysis of the preliminary results…

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Qatar 2020: Typhoon fighter jets on call

Typhoon fighter jets purchased from Britain last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, the UK’s…

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Book Review: Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State

Politics and Society in the Qaboos State
By Marc Valeri
Published by Hurst & Co
ISBN 9781849044851
Price £18.99 Paperback
When Sultan…

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God Save the Queen v2

Same tragedy, different perspective

By Karen Dabrowska
The Pop Art Exodus in The P21 Gallery, an independent London-based charitable trust established to promote contemporary Middle…

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After the Nakba

By Karen Dabrowska

Writer Selma Dabbagh, poet Mustafa Abu Sneineh and singer Reem Kelani discussed the effect of the Nakba on their work at a…

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