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GAZA: caught in the middle


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

Category: News and Views, Uncategorized

MOROCCO: GCC tourist numbers on the increase


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

Category: Travelog, Uncategorized

U.S. Senate clash on aid to Egypt


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


  “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

Category: News and Views, Uncategorized

Saudi Arabia’s stock market prepares for take-off


  If Saudi Arabia’s intention to open up its stock market to foreign institutions has been well flagged in recent months, the only outstanding issues needing confirmation have been when and to what degree the doors would be opened up … Continue reading

Category: Business, Uncategorized

Time to kill off the Quartet

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  At the end of June Tony Blair will no longer be the Quartet representative. Eight years of inspiration for the comedians and satirists are over – they will now engage in their last final pot shots at the failed … Continue reading

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Kurdish Muslims abandoning Islam for Zoroastrianism


The small, ancient religion of Zoroastrianism is being revived in northern Iraq. Followers say locals should join because it’s a truly Kurdish belief. Others say the revival is a reaction to extremist Islam. One of the smallest and oldest religions … Continue reading

Category: Interviews, Uncategorized

West Bank: segregated bus scheme hits the skids


A decision by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to segregate buses in the occupied West Bank has backfired after causing an uproar in Israel’s Knesset, or parliament, and political damage on the international stage. This came as Israel faces mounting … Continue reading

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REFUGEES: record 38 million displaced worldwide


A record-breaking 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence. This is the equivalent of the total populations of London, New York  and Beijing combined. “These are the worst figures for forced displacement in … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

Exclusive to The Middle East Online. . . SHARJAH BIENNIAL 2015

Part of a series of art works made from chicken bones set in glass by the late Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid

Words by Sylvia Smith Photographs by Richard Duebel As a group of Congolese “sapeurs” or sharp dressers makes their way through the crowded streets of Sharjah (below) accompanied by a local, traditional band, the art crowd who are attending the … Continue reading

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