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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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Saudi Arabia plans its entry into luxury tourism market

Millions of visitors annually flock to the Kingdom's holy sites such as Mecca

Saudi Arabia has launched a massive tourism development project that will turn 50 islands and other sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts, the BBC has reported. The Kingdom hopes to attract both foreign tourists and domestic visitors as … Continue reading

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Book review: Neoliberal Turkey and its discontents

Neoliberal Turkey and its discontents

Neoliberal Turkey and its discontents Economic Policy and the Environment under Erdogan Edited by Firkit Adaman,Bengi Akbulut and Murat Arsel Published by I.B.Tauris ISBN 9781784538729 Price £52.00 hardback The ‘neoliberal’ economic policy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP Party, which … Continue reading

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017

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Sylvia Smith: Inspired by a tree and and made of wood this year’s Serpentine Pavilion has many elements that relate to African architect Francis Kéré‘s home, Burkina Faso. From an ecological point of view the shelter has all the hallmarks … Continue reading

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Book review: The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

There is no shortage of books examining the Palestinian “situation”; I have my own collection amounting to several hundred volumes, accumulated over 30 or 40 years. Some are lively and interesting, a few I have found dry and rather dull. … Continue reading

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RESTORING IRAQ . . .

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Iraq, together with UNESCO, has concluded a comprehensive aerial survey of Iraqi heritage destroyed by the Islamic State (IS), paving the way for further cooperation to restore various Iraqi sites, particularly at the 13th-century Assyrian capital of Nimrod. In mid-May, Italian Culture Minister Dario … Continue reading

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Moving the Earth

THUMBNAIL Bahrain, Archaeologist c.Richard Duebel

By Sylvia Smith   The title of the international conference might not be one to get the pulse racing. In fact Islamic Archaeology in Global Perspective could have been the cure for insomnia except for a clutch of excellent speakers. … Continue reading

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Sword making in Bahrain

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Sylvia Smith Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated … Continue reading

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One man’s epic quest to recover a stolen painting by ‘Iraq’s Picasso’

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The president of the Iraqi Artist’s Society is on a mission to return a painting by Faeq Hassan—who he calls “Iraq’s Picasso”—to the Iraqi state. Continue reading

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Africa Heats Up The French Capital

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Sylvia Smith Perhaps it is the number of mainstream venues that have devoted their spring shows to the subject; or perhaps again it is the extraordinary quality of inventiveness whether it be sculpture, painting, video or design – but it … Continue reading

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