Category Archives: Letter from The Editor
By Professor Gamal Gasim When former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled the country for more than 33 years, finally stepped down and a new president was elected in February of 2012, Yemeni activists were thrilled. The new president, … Continue reading
During King Abdullah’s reign (2005-2015), the Middle East faced its most turbulent period. So new King Salman has inherited the emerging threat of ISIS, the oil crisis and fending off eternal foe Iran and how he deals with these issues … Continue reading
Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. The pilot’s father met with Jordan’s … Continue reading
The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun the ancient Egyptian boy king, was hastily glued back on with epoxy glue, damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning, conservators at the Egyptian … Continue reading
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES GO TO THE LOVED ONES OF THOSE WHO SUFFERED DURING THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE OFFICES OF CHARLIE HEBDO MAGAZINE IN PARIS. THOSE WHO COMMIT THESE ACTS ARE NOT MUSLIMS, THEY ARE MURDERERS.
A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY & PEACEFUL 2015 FROM ALL OF US AT THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE & THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . .
The news that Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE will return their ambassadors to Doha is encouraging. At a time when the Middle East region is suffering unprecedented levels of turmoil, the six nation Gulf Cooperation Council – for … Continue reading
I am delighted to introduce The Middle East magazine’s new online site The Middle East Online . . . There is no doubt that publishing is changing and with the new technology available we felt … Continue reading
These were not kings or emirs trained in diplomacy and affairs of state from an early age, therefore we should not be too surprised that – ordinary men – they fell foul of the temptations of avarice, vanity and greed and the only individual stamp they would put on history would, ultimately, be one of one of dishonour. All future power must be shared – for a limited term – among the freely and fairly elected. The era of king-making must now be at an end.