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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Egypt Tourism: counting the cost of conflict


By Rhona Wells at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai Egypt expects to attract 8.6 million tourists this year, down from 9.3 million in 2015, because of “the current situation”,  a spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Tourism revealed. “We … Continue reading

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IRAN: Did Obama conceed too much?

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U.S President Barack Obama has defended his 2013 decision not to intervene militarily in Syria’s civil war in an interview in the Atlantic. He has blamed everyone except himself. His list of scapegoats include the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Israel and … Continue reading

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In recent weeks the ISIS oil infrastructure has been on the receiving end of coalition air-strikes. However, locals in Eastern Syria where most oil wells are located say despite the sporadic strikes, oil is still flowing and ISIS is determined … Continue reading

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Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading say Amnesty International


Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, say Amnesty International. The mass protests which began on 14 February 2011 were met … Continue reading

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Barzani takes a risk


  The  call made by Masoud Barzani (right), President of Iraqi Kurdistan, for a referendum on independence for the autonomous region makes little sense from a nationalistic point of view. His first announcement of a referendum, in July 2014, followed … Continue reading

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‘I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring


The Arab Spring began five years ago when two men set themselves on fire in Tunisia. One of them survived his self-immolation — and now wishes he hadn’t. His story, written by Clemens Höges, appeared in the online version of Germany’s … Continue reading

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Religious tolerance: the UAE’s interfaith success


The religious divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims has rarely been so apparent in contemporary times, as it is right now. Regionally, we have also seen, Copts, Kurds and Yazidis, among others, suffer the tragic consequences of an intolerance, most … Continue reading

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Iran at the crossroads

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There have always been two Irans. A conservative, inward-looking Iran, suspiciously eyeing the world beyond its borders and seeking to export instability to maintain internal stability. And a global-minded Iran, engaged in the world, seeking good relations with neighbours and … Continue reading

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Egypt among world’s worst in gender equality


  Egypt has ranked 136 out of 145 countries in gender equality to achieve the unenviable position of being among the 10 worst countries for gender equality in the world, according to theWorld Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015 … Continue reading

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Obama steps closer to Tehran – with limits


President Obama has signed  directing his administration to begin issuing waivers to Iran nuclear sanctions — but the waivers will only go into effect once Iran meets its obligations under the agreement limiting its nuclear program. The presidential memorandum marks … Continue reading

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