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Prestige of the Tour de France in the natural beauty of Oman

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    Rhona Wells & Rosemary Hector report from Muscat exclusively for The Middle East Online . . .   Though only in its fifth edition, the tour of Oman bike race (17-22 February) has managed to attract the world’s … Continue reading

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Book review – Dates on my fingers

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Dates on my fingers By Muhsin Al Ramli,translated by Luke Leafgreen published by AUC Press ISBN 9789774166 Price $16.50 paperback   A colourful, fast-paced novel of youthful love, post-conflict violence, and family honour that moves between the villages and prisons of … Continue reading

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FILM: Open Bethlehem

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Ask yourself this: what do you know about the city of Bethlehem? For many, the honest answer would be “not much”. As one young American man asks in Open Bethlehem, the new film by documentary film-maker Leila Sansour: “Bethlehem, isn’t … Continue reading

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The Significance of ISIS in Pakistan

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In light of the attack earlier this week on a Shia mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, which killed at least 20 people and injured more than 65 others, questions are bound to be raised on the state … Continue reading

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Book review – The Fall of the Ottomans

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The Fall of the Ottomans The great war in the Middle East 1914-1920 by Eugene Rogan Published by Allen Lane/Penguin Books ISBN 9781846144387 Price £25.00 hardback   For some four centuries the Ottoman Empire had been one of the most … Continue reading

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Clueless in Iraq and Syria: the US and Britain have no strategy for defeating ISIS

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THE TRAUMATIC experience of Britain’s participation in the 2003 Iraq war led the Government to have as little to do with the country as possible , writes Patrick Cockburn By the spring of 2014, as the Islamic State of Iraq … Continue reading

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If Only We’d Just Spent More Blood and Treasure in Yemen

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, writes Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy magazine. The U.S. government decides that some ill-governed authoritarian country in the Arab and/or Islamic world is a potential source of serious trouble. It sends … Continue reading

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UAE insolvency legislation: a priority for economic growth

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 Sarosh Zaiwalla, founder and senior partner of Zaiwalla & Company Solicitors points out how an early decision to implement insolvency legislation in the UAE could pay dividends  Towards the end of last year, it was announced that the UAE’s long … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Is American Sniper a big US hit because it takes down Arabs?

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This insightful review by journalist and analyst on Arab affairs Sharif Nashashibi, originally appeared in the Dubai-based The National newspaper American Sniper, the newly released film about real-life Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is already a box-office hit and has gathered … Continue reading

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Bahrain’s Mumtalakat won’t sell assets to plug shortfall

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Bahraini sovereign fund Mumtalakat will not sell assets or change its investment strategy in response to a likely oil price-driven shortfall in the state budget, it has confirmed. The fund holds stakes in Bahraini companies including Alba, Gulf Air and … Continue reading

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