Articles from December 2016

Book review – Syrian dust


Syrian dust Reporting from the heart of the war By Francesca Borri Published by Seven Stories ISBN 9781609806613 Price £12.99 paperback   From the middle of ravaged Aleppo, a freelance journalist describes the chaos of war, the uncertainty of freelance life and … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

Book review – No Place for women


No Place for women (Crimes in Arabia -Book two) By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ISBN 9781535077989 Price £7.99 paperback   Finding a missing construction worker makes Ali a good man but not a stellar detective – at least … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

LEBANON: An unlikely alliance that could avert conflict


The election of Michel Aoun (below right), as president of Lebanon and his ap­pointment of long-time rival Saad Hariri (below left), as prime minister after two-and-a-half years of crippling political gridlock have drawn a regional sigh of relief. It has probably … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

UAE: banks warn of new tax law implications

The UAE's tax free status has made it a popular destination with professionals from around the world but could things be on the cusp of change?

UAE  banks are starting to warn their customers about new international tax compliance measures that will take effect in January as governments ramp up efforts to catch tax evaders. HSBC sent a circular to clients on Thursday alerting them to … Continue reading

Category: Business

SYRIA: smoke & mirrors in Palmyra


According to reports ISIS (Daesh) terror gangs have retaken control of the ancient city of Palmyra citadel. This comes hours after reports suggested Russian Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Book review – The dove’s necklace


The dove’s necklace By Raja Alem Published by Overlook Duckworth Translated by Katharine Halls and Adam Talib ISBN 9780715645864             Price £19.99 hardback The winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, translated into … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

Book review – The making of a Salafi Woman


The making of a Salafi Woman          Paths to conversion By Anabel Inge Published by Oxford University Press ISBN 9780190611675 Price £22.99 hardback                       The spread of Salafism―often … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

Book review – Desert kingdoms to global powers


Desert kingdoms to global powers The rise of the Arab gulf By Rory Miller Published by Yale University Press, London ISBN 9780300192346 price £20.00 hardback A lively analysis of the Arab Gulf states’ stunning rise to global power over the last … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

Book review: A State Built On Sand

A Sate built on sand

How Opium undermined Afghanistan By David Mansfield Published by Hurst & Co ISBN 9781849045681 Price £25.00 paperback Variations in opium poppy production in Afghanistan had long been associated with how the state was perceived at the time of the 2001 invasion. … Continue reading

Category: Travelog