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Book review – Beyond Syria’s borders

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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

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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

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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

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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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Culture wars: tracking the destruction of Middle East monuments

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Who cares about architectural heritage in Syria and Iraq when people are dying by the thousand? Well, more and more people care as it becomes understood that cultural genocide is inextricably linked to human genocide and ethnic cleansing. Attacks on … Continue reading

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Egyptian president says his regime is ready to protect Israel

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In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Egypt’s President Sisi noted: “We are prepared to send military forces inside a Palestinian state. They would help the local police and reassure Israelis in their role as guarantors.” The … Continue reading

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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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