Articles from September 2017

Book review: The News Media At War


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

Category: Travelog

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Izzy Wizzy

  Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, and is considered to be the key site for worship in the country. The  mosque was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky. … Continue reading

Category: Featured

Trump’s intervention fails to mend GCC’s broken fences

JUNE 22, 2107 FILE PHOTO FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

An attempt by President Trump to break the stalemate that has divided the wealthiest countries in the Middle East ended in failure, when leaders from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, after speaking by phone for the first time in months, exchanged … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Relations between Doha and Manama splinter further


Tensions between Bahrain and Qatar have escalated sharply and the antipathy between the two states shows no sign of abating In August, Bahrain’s Shura Council condemned Doha’s alleged “coordination and cooperation” with its own Shiite opposition and Iran, allegedly with … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Ma’loula Blue by June Bartlett

Ma'loula Blue is the work of the celebrated contemporary orientalist painter June Bartlett

The painting Ma’loula Blue is the work of the celebrated British born contemporary orientalist painter June Bartlett. Although Bartlett has travelled extensively in the Middle East, recording her experiences on canvas, she is also widely acclaimed for her portraits and … Continue reading

Category: Featured

Could women drivers herald a new dawn for Saudi Arabia?


  The world’s media is buzzing with excitement following the news that women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive; a move likely to have also been warmly received at home, writes Pat Lancaster.   Print media and … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor

Kurds go to the polls


Defying pressure from the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran, millions of Kurds cast their ballots today in a historic referendum on long-fought Kurdish independence. Massoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who is leading the independence drive, exuded confidence after voting … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Bahrain draws closer to Israel

King Hamed of Bahrain

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is said to have catagorically denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and opened the way for his subjects to visit the so called Jewish homeland. The king’s pronouncements were revealed  at … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs