Articles from October 2017

Oman’s endangered marine life

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The Arabian Sea humpback whale outlived the last great ice age, surviving through 70,000 years of change, but now it is at risk of extinction. Detailed scientific research, including satellite tracking, has revealed  there are now less than a hundred … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

GCC: Will income tax help balance budgets?


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Category: Business

Iran: On closer examination of “the deal”


U.S. President Trump has issued a broadside to the Iranian regime, warning that Washington’s patience is running out. He has garnered some support and much criticism. Has Trump a hope of unravelling the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats? Many … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

Hamas & Fateh: from small acorns . . .

Agreement was reached in Cairo but will it hold?

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have signed a preliminary rec­onciliation deal, bringing hope for an end to a dec­ades-long rift and potential restart of the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Both sides agreed to implement a unity pact signed in … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

Israel under fire from E.U. states

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In an unprecedented move, which indicates just how much the international community is losing patience with Israel, eight European Union countries have written  an official protest letter to Tel Aviv, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Book review: The Diaries of Waguih Ghali


The Diaries of Waguih Ghali          An Egyptian writer in the swinging sixties 1966-68 Edited by May Hawas Published by AUC Press ISBN 9789774167805 Price $35.00 Hardback In 1968, Egyptian novelist and political exile Waguih Ghali committed … Continue reading

Category: Travelog

New Turkish Canal would rival Suez and Panama


Turkey is moving forward with controversial plans to build a canal to rival Suez and Panama but, its opponents say, it threatens to wreak environmental havoc, destroy budgetary balances and drive sprawl in Europe’s biggest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said … Continue reading

Category: Business