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Smoke & Mirrors in the Gulf

The new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

  The discord in the GCC region continues. Thirteen demands have recently been issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, including taking the Qatari television network off air, in order for the boycott to be lifted. Qatar has … Continue reading

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GCC RIFT: Cui bono? Who benefits?

The rift between the GCC countries must not be allowed to develop into something more dangerous

  The chief beneficiaries of the ongoing rift between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are the Ayatollahs in Iran, a senior political analyst told The Middle East magazine this week. Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on … Continue reading

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100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is nothing to celebrate.

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 British involvement in Palestine is, for the most part, a stain on the UK’s history which is why any plans to celebrate the events of 2017, when Lord Arthur Balfour (above), signed his infamous declaration are not only misguided but … Continue reading

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From the BBC: A fascinating report on Arab women cartoonists

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Female Arab cartoonists challenge authority By Severine Dieudonne & Naomi Scherbel-Ball BBC News In some Arab countries women still have to ask permission from a male relative to get a passport, marry or leave the country. Although the practice of “male … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . .Canamara – a unique investment opportunity

Titanium - the world's new miracle metal?

Investing in innovation Pat Lancaster talks to Karl Rollke, President and CEO of Canamara, the Canadian based titanium-mining company that plans to take the world’s metals markets by storm Middle East investors are being invited to participate in an exciting … Continue reading

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From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti: 50 artists in your living room

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Signs of Our Times: From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti is a beautifully produced coffee table book which provides the reader with the opportunity to review an exhibition of the work of fifty artists – who have used Arabic or Persian script … Continue reading

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QABOOS: Peace prize material?

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Sultan Qaboos for Nobel peace prize Continue reading

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Multi-million dollar Saudi companies pledge to pay impoverished workers soon

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The Saudi Arabian Binladin Construction Group has started repaying pending salaries to its workers, the kingdom’s Labour and Social Development minister Mufrej Al Haqabani has said. The minister also stated that the company – which has been struggling financially – will … Continue reading

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TUNISIA: Bourguiba Returns

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Thirteen years after his death, Habib Bourguiba has returned to the avenue that bears the late president’s name in downtown Tunis. The statue depicting Bourguiba on horse­back was reinstalled on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in a  ceremony held earlier this month … Continue reading

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Egyptian activists turn to social media to secure release of jailed Street Art Group

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  Egyptian activists are using social media to demand the release of five detained members of a satirical street performance group, Awlad el-Shawarea, whose video clips mocked the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The activists posted pictures on Facebook of themselves … Continue reading

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