Articles from June 2016

Is the art of Arab theatre dead?

Sharjah struggles to keep the art of theatre alive (above) but elsewhere in the Arab world is enough being done to nurture young talent?

  Celebrated film and television actors and popular theatre artists from across the Arab world have called for a strong theatre movement in the region, stressing on the importance of identifying and nurturing young and upcoming talent right from the … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

QATAR: 3 years of budget deficits predicted


Qatar has fully rejoiced in its position as one of the wealthiest countries in the world in a host of ostentatious programmes, some of which might be said to have been politically unwise. Continue reading

Category: Business

U.S. back peddles on arms sales to the Gulf


Kuwait recently signed a contract with the Eu­rofighter consortium for 28 advanced Typhoon strike jets worth $8.7 bil­lion as part of a major drive to up­grade the emirate’s air force, which for decades has almost exclusively used US-built aircraft. The … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

PALESTINE: EU Ministers back on the bandwagon

epa05343565 French President Francois Hollande (first row C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (first row C-L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (first row C-R) and officials pose for a group photo prior to an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, 03 June 2016. France is hosting talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have received a chilly response from Washington, but diplomats say merely swinging the spotlight back onto the stalemate is a victory. Instead representatives of some 25 countries, as well as the United Nations, European Union and Arab League, will try and lay the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.  EPA/KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU / POOL MAXPPP OUT 
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The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, comprising the 28 foreign ministers of the EU’s member countries, has adopted a resolution backing the French peace initiative and calling for an international peace conference to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks before the end … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Dying of thirst: Israelis launch their water weapon on Palestinians

While Palestinians live without water

 The Palestinian city of Salfit sits atop an underground wealth of water, but the city’s residents are forbidden from accessing it – and they are now in crisis, as Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, has reduced water supply to the … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

Coming up for Air


Sylvia Smith The British Museum has a knack for displaying forgotten treasures, but its current, atmospheric exhibition, devoted to the underwater cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, goes one step further. The six-month show takes visitors on a semi-immersive journey to … Continue reading

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Is Qatar getting fat on the backs of slaves?


  Qatar has ranked in the top five countries in the world for prevalence of modern day slavery, according to a new report. The Gulf country, with a slavery prevalence rate of 1.36 per cent, stood only behind North Korea … Continue reading

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Category: Featured

TUNISIA: Bourguiba Returns


Thirteen years after his death, Habib Bourguiba has returned to the avenue that bears the late president’s name in downtown Tunis. The statue depicting Bourguiba on horse­back was reinstalled on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in a  ceremony held earlier this month … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor