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The Lobby – USA

By Ali Abunimah, policy adviser of the Al-Shabaka Palestinian policy network.

While Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation into Israeli…

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WARNING: oil price lows here to stay?

Gulf states that depend heavily on energy exports for most of their revenues should brace for a long period of low oil prices and subdued economic…

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Current Affairs

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Jailed Iranian activist dies on hunger strike

The Iranian political activist, Vahid Sayadi  Nasiri (right) who was  jailed for the political content of messages posted on social media has died…

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British billionaire Branson halts Saudi space investment talks

The British billionaire, Sir Richard Branson has halted talks over $1bn Saudi investment in Virgin space firms after the disappearance of Saudi…

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No Saudi U-turn on Canada spat

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has cast doubt on a quick resolution to the country’s dispute with Canada after issuing some sharp criticism of…

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Mahmoud Abbass

Abbass calls for Arab action at UN

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next…

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Regional round-up


Mounting tensions between Iran and Europe

Iran is keen to maintain good relations with the European countries at the current stage because they can help it cope with US pressures, observes a…

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Rafik H

Beirut street name honours alleged assasin

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political…

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Tunisians are prone to overload their vehicles thus obscuring their view of other road users, resulting in danger, and all too frequently death

Tunisia tackles road death shame

Facing an alarming number of traffic accidents, the Tunisian government is working with civil society organisations on awareness campaigns to promote…

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UAE’s 100% foreign ownership law goes ahead

A new law allowing 100 per cent foreign ownership of companies in the United Arab Emirates will only apply to some sectors of the economy, limiting…

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The Port of Beirut

EBRD supports Lebanese trade drive

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the Lebanese private sector by providing a financial package of US$ 100…

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Abu Dhabi’s Ghadan 21 initiative receives Dh50bn boost

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced more details of a Dhs50bn ($13.61bn) stimulus plan announced earlier this…

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News and Views


Saudi Arabia seeks allies in the Gulf of Aden

Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping and…

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Europe to help boost Lebanon’s vital SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are  the backbone of Lebanon’s economy and this important  sector is expected to get a significant…

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Iraqi leadership selection process in chaos

The process of naming the Iraq’s parliamentary speaker, as well as the country’s president and the prime minister, has been marred by disputes,…

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Egypt & Cyprus sign pipeline deal


Egypt and Cyprus have signed an agreement which will pave the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural…

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Erdogan has warned the US president

Erdogan warns off Trump

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that US that sanctions would not force Ankara to “step back” after Donald Trump threatened to punish…

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Book review ALEPPO The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City

ALEPPO                                                                                              …

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QATAR: retaining a sense of days gone by

Qatar Museums (QM) will host cultural programmes at two key heritage sites

For many young Qataris, life before the discovery of massive natural…

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Iraqi artist works to revive traditional crafts in southern Iraq

London-based Iraqi artist Rashad Salim has been working in southern Iraq to help revive traditional crafts. The focus of his most recent visit was…

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