Articles from JUNE 2017

Bahrain: Waad under fire

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A Bahraini court has ordered the dissolution of the country’s main secular opposition group, as the Gulf state continues a crackdown on dissent. The move is the latest in a series of political skirmishes that, over the years,  have taken … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Mubarak

Category: Featured

GCC RIFT: Cui bono? Who benefits?

The rift between the GCC countries must not be allowed to develop into something more dangerous

  The chief beneficiaries of the ongoing rift between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are the Ayatollahs in Iran, a senior political analyst told The Middle East magazine this week. Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor

EBRD unveils its latest Green Economy initiative

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Ahead of the Paris accord, the EBRD unveiled its Green Economy Transition (GET) approach, under which it aims to dedicate 40 per cent of its annual investments to climate finance by 2020, compared with an average of around 25 per … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

QATAR: storm clouds gather over Doha

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The rift between the GCC states has intensified into what has been described as its most “severe crisis” in the history of the 35-year-old organisation. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have cut ties with Qatar, accusing the country of … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

EGYPT: $290 million rail network upgrade

EBRD funding will help Egypt replace some of its ageing rolling stock

Millions of commuters across Egypt are set to benefit from a €290 million financing provided by the EBRD to support the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) in its fleet expansion and upgrade of services. As part of ENR’s locomotive renewal programme, … Continue reading

Category: Business

Smoke & Mirrors in the Gulf

The new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

  The discord in the GCC region continues. Thirteen demands have recently been issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, including taking the Qatari television network off air, in order for the boycott to be lifted. Qatar has … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor

Finally, demands to end GCC crisis issued to Qatar

Al Jazeera must go, according to the demands issued to Doha

Finally, four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

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

Category: Travelog

OMAN:Renewables project forges ahead

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Renewable energy projects in Oman’s interior region will be tendered out by as early as end of this year as a part of the sultanate’s Rural Area Electricity Company’s (RAECO) strategy to increase renewable energy footprint in the country, officials … Continue reading

Category: Interviews