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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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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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