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Last month I took a carpet to be cleaned. It was a gift from the oasis of Siwa, beautifully hand-woven in stripes of alternating white and red. The dyes aren’t colorfast, so I had to cross the river to the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek to find a dry-cleaner. The person behind the counter examined the carpet and said ‘no problem’.
The US embassy in Cairo was subsequently besieged by an angry mob who pulled down the Stars and Stripes and allegedly, raised the black flag of Al-Qaeda. Egyptian security force’s were slow and meek in their response, leading to a barrage of criticism in Washington and throughout the American media.
Mr Netanyahu has been increasingly critical of President Obama in failing to designate a ‘red line’ Iran should not cross on the nuclear issue, without facing the very real prospect of military intervention by the US. Mr Netanyahu has said he believes Tehran is already in the ‘red zone’. Meanwhile, Mr Romney noted on a recent visit to Jerusalem that the US should “employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course”.
‘Sihtain: The only Born Eunuch Candidate deserves your vote.’
Never let anyone tell you the Olympic Games are “only sport”. In London, the 2012 Olympics became a living, breathing aspect of the life of the city and one that left nobody
Oman is amongst the most stable countries in the Arab world and among the earliest adherents to Ibadi Islam. The sultanate sits on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. From early days of world trade through the port of Muscat, to contemporary engagement with international diplomacy and the West, Oman has evoked beauty and mystery in equal measure. The Three Views of Oman book and travelling exhibition reveals the country in an intimate portrait as seen through the eyes of the West; as captured in images by English explorer Wilfred Thesiger in the 1940s, British Army major Charles Butt in the 1970s, and award-winning American documentary photographer Edward Grazda in the first decade of this new century. The exhibition was in Washington before opening in London in May, where it will run for two months.