Articles from October 2016

Jordanian government blamed over Hattar murder

Nahed Hattar

Jordan writer murdered Continue reading

Category: Travelog

Book review – The race for paradise


The Race for Paradise An Islamic History of the crusades By Paul M Cobb Published by Oxford University Press ISBN 9780198787990 Price £12.99 paperback In 1099, when the first Frankish invaders arrived before the walls of Jerusalem, they had carved … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

SYRIA: Fading hopes of an end to the stalemate


Syria: abandon hope? Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

OMAN: tackling the economic downturn


By Pat Lancaster Oman is not blessed with the same vast oil and gas resources of some of its neighbours but through a long term policy of “good housekeeping” and wise leadership the sultanate enjoys an enviable position among its … Continue reading

Category: Business

Iranian warships deployed in the Gulf of Aden

Iranian warships have been deployed to the Gulf of Yemen

Iran warships to Yemen Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Britain’s Arab Spring – how will it impact on the ME region?


Described in some quarters as the British Arab Spring, the vote for for the UK to leave the European Union, Brexit as it is commonly known, has been celebrated by its supporters as the anti-establishment, anti-status quo act that will … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti: 50 artists in your living room


Signs of Our Times: From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti is a beautifully produced coffee table book which provides the reader with the opportunity to review an exhibition of the work of fifty artists – who have used Arabic or Persian script … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor

EGYPT: embarking upon a new era of silver screen success?


In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, the literary works of leading Egyptian authors brought glory to the big screen when their novels were made into films. This year, the Egyptian novel took to the small screen when Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz’s  Afrah al-Qubbah … Continue reading

Category: Mosaic, Travelog

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Tightening the screw

epa04407823 Displaced Iraqis forced to flee their homes ahead of gains made by Islamic State (IS) militants in and around Mosul, shelter at the Bahrka Refugee camp, Erbil, northern Iraq, 19 September 2014. Following massive and swift gains made by IS fighters in Iraq tens of thousands of refugees fled to the mainly Kurdish northern Iraq prompting an international humanitarian response and US and now French airstrikes to assist both Iraqi and Kurdish forces who are attempting to retake areas under IS control.  EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – It can be hard to breathe in the Domiz refugee camp, 20km southeast of the city, with a mix of burning rubbish and raw sewage hanging heavy in the air at times. Even so, the residents of … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

Wagner’s Lohengrin plays the Royal Opera House Muscat


By Rosemary Hector The work of the great Romantic German composer, poet, librettist, conductor and theatre director, Richard Wagner , a giant in the history of opera, was showcased at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) in Oman recently to enthusiastic reviews … Continue reading

Category: Travelog