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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


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

islam-christian symbols

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

prince al waleed

  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


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

Mohammed Abbas

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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Qatar: Old palace restoration project complete

The restored palace lies at what will eventually be the heart of Qatar's Museums complex

Qatar Museums has announced that the historic palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, the father of modern Qatar, has been successful restored to its former glory. The Old Palace, which has taken a total of three years to restore, … Continue reading

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Refugee catastrophe worst since WWII


  The number of refugees abandoned to “an unbearable existence” has now reached tens of millions according to a damning report from Amnesty International, which claims the world is witnessing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Amnesty … Continue reading

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QATAR: World Cup 2022 under threat?


Russia and Qatar may be stripped of their rights to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups respectively if any evidence of bribery is discovered, a senior FIFA official has said. Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance … Continue reading

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SOLD, to the highest bidder. Tony Blair’s next mission

Tony Blair.

For a moment, it was thought, to borrow a phrase, the “end was nigh” when former British prime minister Tony Blair announced last month that he was stepping down from the Quartet (European Union, United Nations, United States and Russia) … Continue reading

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