Articles from JANUARY 2017

The devastation at Nimrud

A fragment of an Assyrian-era relief shows the image of a genie holding a pine cone at the ancient site of Nimrud that was destroyed by Islamic State group militants near Mosul, Iraq. in this Nov. 28, 2016 photo. In the 9th and 8th centuries BC, Nimrud was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which burst out of Northern Mesopotamia to conquer much of the Mideast. The remains of its palaces, reliefs and temples were methodically blown up and torn to pieces by the Islamic State group in early 2015 in its campaign to erase history.
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.The city of Nimrud … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

ISTANBUL: Nightclub bomber dressed as Santa


Turkish New Year’s Eve nightclub bomber Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

SYRIA: the muscle flexing continues . . .


There is one big difference between the Iranian and Russian interventions in the Syrian war to save the hide of their mutual ally, Syrian President Bashar As­sad, Ed Blanche writes from Beirut.  Iran and its Shia allies, most notably Lebanon’s … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

BAHRAIN: Manama jailbreak frees “terrorists”

Demonstrations were staged in the Bahrain capital

Bahrain terrorist jail break Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

EGYPT ENERGY: In need of reform and foreign investment


In this special report, Nehad Ismail, Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, examines the future of Egypt’s energy sector and finds much cause for optimism in recent legislation alongside opportunities for new international investment While Egypt is a producer and exporter of … Continue reading

Category: Business

SAUDI ARABIA: multi billion $ scheme will boost renewables


SAUDI ARABIA: multi billion $ scheme will boost energy renewables Continue reading

Category: News and Views

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Category: Featured

IRAQ: Return to the Marshes?


The morning of 20 January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Rising at first light, they roused their herd of buffaloes and drove the beasts snorting and protesting into the … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

KUWAIT’S welfare system “unsustainable”, says PM

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber

Kuwait’s prime minister has called the oil producing nation’s welfare system unsustainable; Kuwaiti change; Sheikh Jaber Al Sabah Continue reading

Category: News and Views

TRUMP: Contemplating a costly & bloody error


Donald Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – should it go ahead – will lead to an escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians such the new president cannot imagine and the conflict is … Continue reading

Category: Interviews, Uncategorized