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London 1:54


Sylvia Smith After its fifth year in London the world’s leading contemporary African art fair, 1:54, will go on show in Africa with its first edition in Marrakech between 24 and 25 February, 2018 at La Mamounia, a hotel with … Continue reading

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A Lasting Legacy for Yves St. Laurent in Morocco

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Sylvia Smith   Almost a decade has passed since the untimely death of Algerian-born, French couturier Yves St. Laurent whose ashes are buried in the Jardin Majorelle, the garden that he created next to his house in Marrakesh. A new … 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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Religious Tolerance and Cultural Dynamics in Oman


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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UAE condemns escalation of illegal Israeli aggression against Palestinians of the Occupied Territories


By Pat Lancaster. The UAE has punched  a significant hole in the shameful wall of official silence surrounding Israeli expansionism.  At the UN in Geneva, its ambassador condemned the latest developments in Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement policy in the Occupied … Continue reading

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Huge new gas discovery in Egyptian waters


The discovery of a huge natural gas deposit in Egyptian waters has boosted hopes of other such finds in the Eastern Mediterranean that could help meet Europe’s energy needs, a senior official with the Italian oil and gas company ENI … Continue reading

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Sylvia Smith From the personal and private through specifically Saudi environmental questions to universal concerns of our globalised world, the previously easy-on-the-eye 21,39 is moving into the major debates of our time while maintaining artistic grace and critical distance. Enter … Continue reading

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TRUMP: Contemplating a costly & bloody error


Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – should it go ahead – will lead to an escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians such the new president cannot imagine and the conflict is … Continue reading

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Ankara conference cites skinflints & aid dodgers

Erdogan is angry that Turkey is being left to shoulder the lion's share of the financial burden

Pat Lancaster in Kuwait City The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah hit out at the “Conflicts and natural disasters that have left many people homeless and doubled the numbers of refugees around the world,” in his opening speech at the … Continue reading

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