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Exclusive to the Middle East online – Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi opens London Book Fair

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The speakers at the opening ceremony of the London Book Fair 2015, 14-16 April,  represented different regions of the world and included a strong Arab presence. Addressing an enthusiastic audience at the opening ceremony Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, Emir of Sharjah … Continue reading

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Egypt launches vital new energy initiative

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Egypt lies in the world’s “sun belt” and receives abundant sunshine but the nation has neglected one of its most plentiful resources, relying on renewable energy for less than one percent of its energy needs. However, that could be about to … Continue reading

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Across the sectarian divide

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Time was, across the Arab world, that it was simply rude to ask people their religion or sect, even if it was obvious from their name, their accent, from where they lived or worshipped or the pictures on their walls … Continue reading

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Restoration of the Great Synagogue of Edirne complete

Workers put the final touches during the restoration of the Great Synagogue in Edirne

The opening of the Great Synagogue of Edirne (right), has been celebrated by foreign dignitaries, Turkish government officials and members of the Turkish Jewish community following five years of restoration. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesperson Bülent ARINÇ commemorated … Continue reading

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Book review – Tapestries of the heart

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Tapestries of the heart by Nooshie Motaref Published by Clinik Street publishing ISBN 9781909477575 Price £ 8.99 paperback This award-winning novel portrays four generations of Persian women over a span of one hundred years. It depicts the effects of religion … Continue reading

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Book review : The Literature of the Lebanese Diaspora

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The Literature of the Lebanese Diaspora by Jumana Bayeh published by I B Tauris ISBN 9781780769981 price £62.00 hardback The Lebanese civil war, which spanned the years of 1975 to 1990, caused the migration of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese … Continue reading

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Book review – The Bamboo Stalk

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The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi translated by Jonathan Wright published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation ISBN 9789927101779 price £16.99 hardback Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as … Continue reading

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Flashpoint MENA?

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  Fighting so called Islamic State DAESH/ISIS will continue to dominate the news. The US administration has come to the conclusion that without ground troops it would not be possible to defeat DAESH in Iraq or even Syria. By necessity … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO The Middle East Online . . .

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Istanbul real estate on the red carpet in Cannes Rhona Wells reports from the South of France With 93 countries represented, MIPIM is the ultimate global meeting place for the world’s  real estate executives to come together with regional administrations … Continue reading

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Ahead of elections Israeli women demand peace

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With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisting that there is no Palestinian partner ready to create it, and his challenger, Isaac Herzog, choosing what he says very carefully, the word shalom, or peace, has been largely absent during the campaigning for … Continue reading

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