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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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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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