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Exclusive to The Middle East Online… Our Top 50 Arabs: Alwaleed – the man behind the legend

Our Top 50 most influential Arabs

With a business empire that has at one time or another involved banking, finance, real estate, the world’s…

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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


TURKEY UPDATE: Over 3,000 people arrested

Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters in a single day and ordered thousands of judges to be detained after…

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Turkish security forces in Ankara

TURKEY: Counting the cost of rebellion

Forces loyal to Turkey’s government fought to crush the last remnants of a military coup attempt which collapsed after crowds answered President…

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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<br />
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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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Exclusive to The Middle East Online: Our Top 50 Arabs 2016


The research for our annual 50 Top Arabs Report is always an interesting time for us at The Middle East magazine. This year has…

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IRAQ DEBATE: legalities and moralities

Under article 2(4) of the UN Charter, states have to refrain from the use of force against other territorial states unless one of three…

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The Spirit of Ramadan

Over the course of Ramadan 2016 more than one million Iftar meals were served to between 27,000 and 37,000 people nightly at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed…

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From fashion to furniture, Middle East producers

Private Sector key to economic growth in MENA


The private sector can be an important driver for growth and rising prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) if effective…

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Turkey’s Afken boosts renewables portfolio with international investment

Akfen Holding, a leading infrastructure group in Turkey, is set to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 1,000 MW with support from the European…

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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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News and Views

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani laughs during a address and discussion hosted by the Asia Society and the Council on Foreign Relations at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

IRAN: Can Rouhani survive for a second term?

As the faction most opposed to the government, Iran’s hard-liners have made it their goal to make Hassan Rouhani the first Iranian president not to…

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General Khalifa Haftar

LIBYA: Leaked tapes suggest Western support for Haftar


A multinational military operation involving forces from the United States, France and Britain is coordinating air support for a Libyan…

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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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Book Review – The Way to The Spring

The Way to the Spring

 Life and Death in Palestine
By Ben Ehrenreich
Published by Granta
ISBN 9781594205903
Price  $28.00…

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Algerian refugee goes from rags to riches

Daniele Henkel decided she had to flee Algeria because she felt her children were no longer safe.
“Islamists were starting to attack girls in the…

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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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