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Could women drivers herald a new dawn for Saudi Arabia?


The world’s media is buzzing with excitement following the news that women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive; a move…

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Current Affairs

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Israel under fire from E.U. states

In an unprecedented move, which indicates just how much the international community is losing patience with Israel, eight European Union countries…

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Kurds go to the polls

Defying pressure from the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran, millions of Kurds cast their ballots today in a historic referendum on…

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King Hamed of Bahrain

Bahrain draws closer to Israel

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is said to have catagorically denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and opened the way for his subjects…

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JUNE 22, 2107 FILE PHOTO FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump’s intervention fails to mend GCC’s broken fences

An attempt by President Trump to break the stalemate that has divided the wealthiest countries in the Middle East ended in failure, when leaders from…

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Regional round-up

Agreement was reached in Cairo but will it hold?

Hamas & Fateh: from small acorns . . .

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have signed a preliminary rec­onciliation deal, bringing hope for an end to a dec­ades-long rift and…

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Iran names street after Rachel Corrie

Tehran city council has named a street after an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in…

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Iran’s EU visa “mafia” turns the screw

Iranians who wish to travel to European Union nations  face myriad challenges, in particular obtaining visas. Indeed, the state of political…

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GCC: Will income tax help balance budgets?

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries may eventually be forced to implement income and other taxes to balance their
budgets in the future,…

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EBRD puts down roots in Lebanon

The EBRD, established in 1991 with the goal of supporting market economies and promoting the private sector, is to begin investing in Lebanon after…

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Oman uses Chinese funds to help balance the books

The government of Oman has raised $3.55bn through a loan from a group of Chinese financial institutions, the latest fundraising by the sultanate…

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News and Views


Iran: On closer examination of “the deal”

U.S. President Trump has issued a broadside to the Iranian regime, warning that Washington’s patience is running out. He has garnered some support…

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Turkish energy sector gets a boost

The EBRD has invested 100 million Turkish lira (€24 million) in an inflation–linked bond issued by Turkey’s largest utility group Enerjisa…

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LEBANON: Justice demands answers now


Lebanese authorities should conduct an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into the deaths of Syrians in military…

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EBRD unveils its latest Green Economy initiative

Ahead of the Paris accord, the EBRD unveiled its Green Economy Transition (GET) approach, under which it aims to dedicate 40 per cent of its annual…

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Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug…

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Book review: The Diaries of Waguih Ghali

The Diaries of Waguih Ghali         
An Egyptian writer in the swinging sixties 1966-68
Edited by May Hawas
Published by AUC Press

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Oman’s endangered marine life

The Arabian Sea humpback whale outlived the last great ice age, surviving through 70,000 years of change, but now it is at risk of…

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Book review: The News Media At War

The news media at war
The clash of western and Arab networks in the Middle East
By Tarek Cherkaoui
Published by I.B.Tauris

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