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WHY Alwaleed?

Pat Lancaster, who has interviewed Prince Alwaleed Alsaud on many occasions over the years, poses the question on everyone’s lips: What is the…

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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


The Ritz Carlton Rebels: Hostage by Royal Decree



By Pat Lancaster

The latest reports of the high profile prisoners incarcerated by royal decree in Riyadh give real cause…

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Kuwait’s political blues revisited

By Marwan Asmar

In a nutshell, the ongoing Kuwaiti domestic political turmoil can be nothing more than a storm in tea cup. There is a sense of…

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What Hariri did next

For those who entertain the dark allure of Arab conspiracy theories, Nov. 4 was a red-letter day. In the space of a few hours, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,…

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Gaza children jail

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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Regional round-up


Cairo anticipates the economic rewards of Hamas-Fatah deal

The  Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas signed on Oct. 12 could have major economic repercussions for Cairo. The…

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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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Saudi Arabia scores an own goal in Ritz Carlton hostage rip-off

Saudi investigators estimate they can recover up to $100bn from settlements linked to an anti-corruption crackdown that began two weeks ago,…

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Emirates record a dramatic upswing in profits

Dubai’s Emirates airline has recorded an impressive increase in profitability in the first half of its fiscal year, an upswing it puts down to the…

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Is Qatar feeling the pinch?

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has repatriated $20 billion to ease the effects of sanctions im­posed on the country in its dispute with a quartet…

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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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