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Egypt: still supported by the West

Demonstrations of one kind or another became commonplace following the fall of the Mubarak regime

After a long period of upheaval, Egyptians are still striving to return to some sort of normality. Opinions on whether President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is the man to bring  about significant change are, predictably, divided. Here, Nehad Ismail gives … Continue reading

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IS militants behead leading authority on ancient Syria

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Isis militants have tortured and executed the antiquities chief of the ancient city of Palmyra, according to Syrian officials and activists. A graphic image posted online by Isis-affiliated social media accounts purported to show the decapitated body of 82-year-old Khaled Asaad, … Continue reading

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Nothing stays the same

The region is in disarray and the effects will likely be felt for several decades

    If the United States, supported by the permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, has been able — practically after a boycott lasting more than three decades — to normalise relations with Iran after signing a treaty … Continue reading

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IRAN: will nuclear deal change policies?

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Will the Iran nuclear deal make the Middle East a less safe place? Some advocates of the agreement say it will transform the Islamic Republic’s behaviour over time and make the country domestically more liberal, regionally more responsible and internationally more … Continue reading

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Debunking the myth that Assad and Iran are enemies of ISIS

Cash made from oil sales has facilitated further widespread plunder by Isis

  The Guardian newspaper reported in September 2014 that “the Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law”. You might think that if … Continue reading

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Iraq marshes face new eco challenges

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The fabled marshes of southern Iraq are drying up. Water levels in the fabled Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq have reached their lowest levels since Saddam Hussein substantially drained them in the 1990s to starve their inhabitants. The reason is that the … Continue reading

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UAE outlaws expressions of religious hate & discrimination

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The United Arab Emirates has introduced ground breaking legislation with the issue of a new law against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. The move is in line with the … Continue reading

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Our 50 Top Arabs Listing

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  HRH Prince Alwaleed Alsaud is possibly the world’s most instantly recognisable Arab. His myriad activities in global business make international headlines  on a regular basis. However, in addition to his commercial interests, which are spread across multiple, diverse international … Continue reading

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These men are not ‘lone wolves’, they are murderers

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With a grotesque matter-of-factness, suspected “Islamic terrorist Yassine Salhi blamed “problems at home and at work” for beheading his boss. Salhi used a knife in the attack at Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in eastern France, before driving his delivery van into chemical canisters in … Continue reading

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PALESTINE: The need for elections now pressing

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Israel’s newly elected coalition government views the Palestinians as weak and divided, claiming there is no one that represents both Gaza and the West Bank to negotiate with. This plays to Netanyahu’s advantage as a stalled peace makes the emergence … Continue reading

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