Articles from MAY2017

Turkey creates new city for Syrian orphans

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Turkey has opened a huge centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria, the BBC reports. The complex, Orphans City, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

Book review – The Moors last stand

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The Moors last stand How seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end By Elizabeth Drayson Published by Profile books ISBN 978181256862 Price £17.99 hardback   The Moor’s Last Stand presents the poignant story of Boabdil, the … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

IRAN ELECTIONS: Essentially a two horse race?

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Iran goes to the polls on 19 May in the country’s first presidential elections since the landmark nuclear agreement in 2015, when Tehran agreed to roll back its nuclear programme in exchange for the removal of sanctions. The fate of … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

IRAN: Khomeini’s grandson latest political heavyweight to back Rouhani

President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

The  grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has publicly thrown his weight behind President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election bid, writes Rohollah Faghini. Seyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, announced his support for the moderate Rouhani, who is … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

OMAN: foreign ownership in MSM stock declines

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Foreign investors are offloading shares on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM), which has resulted in a marginal dilution of non-Omani holdings on the local bourse, according to reports in Muscat. With a drop in crude oil and natural gas prices … Continue reading

Category: Business

IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

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Ending years of a hands-off approach, the United States is stepping up its involvement in the deadly conflict in Syria by supplying heavy weapons to Syrian Kurds for an offensive against the Islamic State (IS), writes Thomas Seibert. The move … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

Saudi Arabia signs $multi-billion deal with Trump

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Saudi/US deals; $multi-billion deals between US & Saudi Arabia; The Middle East magazine Continue reading

Category: Interviews

TUNISIA: Protests threaten economic progress

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TUNISIA PROTESTS, THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE, PRESIDEN ESSEBSI Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

JORDAN: SESAME opens the way for a new era of science & diplomacy

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SESAME, JORDAN, THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE, SCIENTIFIC JORDAN Continue reading

Category: Interviews