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Book review – The Bamboo Stalk


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?

Mosques of Sultan Hasan and al-Rifa'i Seen from the Citadel

  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 . . .

istanbul mipim

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


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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Book review – Days of ignorance


Days of ignorance By Laila Aljohani;translated by Nancy Roberts Published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation ISBN 9789992195192 Price £9.99 Hardback Flinging wide a window onto the second holiest Islamic city – a city in which people observe daily prayers and preach … Continue reading

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Islamic State lies about looting


It would appear that some but not all of the footage of destruction of priceless works of art in Iraq has been faked. A propaganda video released by the Islamic State, or ISIS, purporting to show the systematic destruction of … Continue reading

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Book review – Beyond Syria’s borders


Beyond Syria’s borders By Emma Lundgren Jorum Published by I B Tauris ISBN 9781780767420 Price £ 62.00 hardback Lebanon, together with the province of Hatay in Turkey (containing Antakya) and the Golan Heights were all part of French mandate Syria, … Continue reading

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Emir of Qatar speaks out


In an op-ed in The New York Times, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad has written: The Middle East is experiencing perilous times. The ongoing violence in Syria and Iraq has now been joined by new crises in … Continue reading

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Egypt Increases Tax On Cigarettes By 50 Percent


In the midst of a surging wave of amendments undertaken by president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, sales taxes on cigarettes are facing their third increase in a year according to a national decree published in the country’s official gazette on Saturday. The … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online. . . Tackling the enemy within


By Pat Lancaster in Muscat The Middle East region is going through some of its worst times in contemporary history.  The Palestinians have suffered the effects of oppression under the Jewish state of Israel for more than six decades but … Continue reading

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