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SYRIA: an economy based on war

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Despite the involvement of several world powers, there is no imminent military solution in Syria. To bomb or not to bomb? This should not be the question but sadly it is. The British Government will push for parliamentary approval to … Continue reading

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Bahrain: reclaiming an ancient heritage

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Bahrain is an archipelago and the word pearling sums up the industry on the second largest island, Muharraq, for more than five centuries. By Sylvia Smith with photographs by Richard Duebel From the fifth millennium BC until the 20th century … Continue reading

Category: Travelog, Uncategorized

YEMEN: Dengue fever appeal by U.N.

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The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where “an extreme spike” in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Art from around the Arab World

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Words by Sylvia Smith, photography by Richard Duebel The world seems to be suddenly waking up to the importance of early Arab modern artists. From Saudi Arabia’s main annual art exhibition to the UAE’s pavilion at this year’s Venice biennale, … Continue reading

Category: Travelog, Uncategorized

TUNISIA: tough new laws on terror

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In the wake of a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Tunisia this year, the democratically-elected Tunisian Parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law aiming to counter any future threats from Islamist militants and extremists. The introduction of this law … Continue reading

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IRAN: will nuclear deal change policies?

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Will the Iran nuclear deal make the Middle East a less safe place? Some advocates of the agreement say it will transform the Islamic Republic’s behaviour over time and make the country domestically more liberal, regionally more responsible and internationally more … Continue reading

Category: Interviews, Uncategorized

GAZA: caught in the middle

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No one has yet claimed responsibility for recent  multiple bombings in Gaza that targeted cars belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials. However, the most likely suspect is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). A graffiti purportedly … Continue reading

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MOROCCO: GCC tourist numbers on the increase

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Morocco, where tourism accounts for around 8 to 9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), is witnessing a dramatic rise in number of tourists from the GCC. Around $418 million was spent in Morocco in 2013 by tourists from … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate clash on aid to Egypt

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The US Senate wants to keep in place restrictions on military aid to Egypt, setting up a clash with Cairo’s backers in the House.  The Senate foreign aid bill would require Secretary of State John Kerry to certify Egypt’s progress … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs, Uncategorized

As Iran looks to 2016, cracks begin to show

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  “Without the Reformists’ support, Mr. Rouhani would have gotten less than 2 million votes,” said Sadegh Zibakalam, professor of political science at the University of Tehran, speaking about the June 2013 presidential elections. Zibakalam played an active role in Hassan … Continue reading

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