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Celestial Chocolate

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Sylvia Smith Photography by Richard Duebel Sublime, fantastic and celestial are adjectives often used to described the flavour of chocolate, but in the case of Mirzam celestial is a doubly significant. Stars in the night skies guided Arab sailors navigating … Continue reading

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Arabian Oryx numbers increase in the UAE

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Some 200 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city, 14 Arabian Oryx have been given another chance at life in the wild. Once on the verge of extinction, the species will now be able to roam … Continue reading

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

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By Sylvia Smith with photographs by Richard Duebel   The architect is a Frenchman, Jean Nouvel, known for having designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France and the soon-to-open National Museum of Qatar; the setting is Sadiyaat Island, … Continue reading

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Book review: The Diaries of Waguih Ghali

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The Diaries of Waguih Ghali          An Egyptian writer in the swinging sixties 1966-68 Edited by May Hawas Published by AUC Press ISBN 9789774167805 Price $35.00 Hardback In 1968, Egyptian novelist and political exile Waguih Ghali committed … Continue reading

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Oman’s endangered marine life

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The Arabian Sea humpback whale outlived the last great ice age, surviving through 70,000 years of change, but now it is at risk of extinction. Detailed scientific research, including satellite tracking, has revealed  there are now less than a hundred … Continue reading

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Book review: The News Media At War

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The news media at war The clash of western and Arab networks in the Middle East By Tarek Cherkaoui Published by I.B.Tauris ISBN 9781780761046 Price £64.00 hardback During the 2003 War in Iraq, American news media found it difficult to … Continue reading

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Book review:Destroying a nation

Destroying a nation

Destroying a nation        The civil war in Syria By Nikolaos Van dam Published by I.B.Tauris ISBN 9781784537975 Price £8.99 paperback Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured … Continue reading

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Book review : A history of stability and change in Lebanon

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A history of stability and change in Lebanon Foreign Interventions and International Relations By Joseph Bayeh Published by I.B.Tauris ISBN 9781784530976 Price £54.00 hardback Lebanon is a country whose domestic politics have, even more than others in the region, been … Continue reading

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Religious Tolerance and Cultural Dynamics in Oman

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By Frédéric Jarry      In mid-June 2017, the Mus’haf Muscat, the electronic version of the Koran, was presented to Muslim scholars and specialists in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. This initiative, which included the numerically encoding … Continue reading

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Book review : Debriefing the president

Debriefing the president

Debriefing the president The interrogation of Saddam Hussein By John Nixon Published by Corgi Books ISBN 9780593077788 Price £8.99 paperback In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein … Continue reading

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