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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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New EU dynamics could unsettle the world

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Within the UK debate over whether Britain is better of in Europe or out of the EU alliance continues to rage. Journalist Mustapha Karkouti writes in Gulf News how he believes that if Britain decides to opt out of the … Continue reading

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€900 million refugee crisis package

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The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD),  is joining international efforts to tackle the refugee crisis caused by the civil war in Syria with a financing package that could be worth €900 million to support private sector and infrastructure … Continue reading

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A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE . . .

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A cause for celebration . . .

At a busy shopping mall in the UAE, religious tolerance is not only tolerated but celebrated

This year, Christmas coincides with the birthday of the Prophet, bringing together Muslims and Christians in celebration. In the face of adversity in much of the world, a  strong message of religious tolerance is being sent out by a number … Continue reading

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Blessings of the season to you all . . .

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . BLUR’S DAVE ROWNTREE TALKS TO TME

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  Dave Rowntree is the drummer of Blur, a computer wizard and a qualified lawyer. In December Blur plays the closing party of the F1 Grand Prix season in Abu Dhabi after launching what he describes as “a celebrity car … Continue reading

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TURKEY: can Erdogan regain his former glory?

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About five years ago, Turkey was the shining star of the Muslim world, gaining praise from both East and West. It was a booming economy and rising democracy that had finally put its overbearing military back in its barracks, overcome … Continue reading

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Missiles deal heightens Gulf tensions

The surface to air missiles  (SAM) deals between Russia and Iran have now been signed

The war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen continues to provide a serious and ongoing source of tension across the Gulf. Meanwhile, the Russian intervention in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad supports Iranian policy in Syria and … Continue reading

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