Egypt intelligence delegation to arrive in Ramallah

Egypt intelligence delegation to arrive in Ramallah

A high-level delegation from the Egyptian intelligence service is set to arrive in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and senior officials. “The visit comes as a result of talks between Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi,” Osama al-Qawasmi, a spokesman for Palestinian group Fatah, told […]

As Syria's final battles looms, what comes next?

As Syria's final battles looms, what comes next?

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have hinted, in recent statements, that a push to retake the northern province of Idlib, the last major rebel-held area, may begin soon. It is a sign that Syria’s seven-year civil war may be entering its final stages, but also a warning that the conflict will not end without at […]

Arabic press review: Assad's secret Syrian prison unearthed

Arabic press review: Assad's secret Syrian prison unearthed

North Korean workers reportedly were involved in building President Bashar al-Assad’s prison (AFP) Secret underground prison in Syria Syrian opposition newspaper Zaman al-Wasl has exclusively revealed details about a secret underground prison located near one of the palaces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. “The secret prison was built after Bashar al-Assad rose to […]

Will there be a sea change in the Middle East?

Will there be a sea change in the Middle East?

It is true that the one thing we know nothing about is the future. It is also true that of all the regions of the world, that which is most unstable and thus unpredictable is the Middle East. What is true today was not true yesterday and will very likely not be true tomorrow. An […]

A silent crisis between Berlin and Riyadh

A silent crisis between Berlin and Riyadh

The diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada sparked a silent crisis with Germany. This began when German and European newspapers criticised the Saudi authorities for its response. Moreover, Germany’s exports to Saudi Arabia began to decline rapidly since the Saudi-led coalition launched the war against Yemen in 2015, and after Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Manama […]

Why America can't understand the Middle East

Why America can't understand the Middle East

A recent editorial in the Washington Post, written by columnist David Ignatius, offers a shining example of the United States’ difficulty in understanding today’s world and, most of all, the Arab world. Ignatius conveys a genuine concern for “The Unintended Consequences of US Disengagement in the Middle East”, quoting worried comments made by a member of […]

Five tech trends dominating financial services

Five tech trends dominating financial services

There is no doubt that technology underpins the transformation and growth of the financial services industry. In the past, financial services organizations tended to rely heavily on legacy systems and were relatively reluctant to embrace new technology. Today, they recognize that Fintech is no longer just disruptive but an imperative for success. A bank or […]

Iraqi Kurds must unite for their rights

Iraqi Kurds must unite for their rights

On 12 May, for the first time, Iraq’s parliamentary election was held using an electronic system, but the results were disputed by many political groups, including all but two Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).  Those disputing the results cited a systematic rigging of the votes by […]

Britain must stop collaborating with genocidal Myanmar regime

Britain must stop collaborating with genocidal Myanmar regime

Today’s United Nations report on Myanmar finds that commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlain and his generals committed the ultimate crime: They oversaw a genocide. The UN report demands that they be investigated, preferably at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, for the indiscriminate killing and mass rape of the Rohingya people. Though this report […]

Egypt Remains The Hottest Destination For MENA Travelers In 2018

Egypt Remains The Hottest Destination For MENA Travelers In 2018

Egypt maintained its position as the most popular destination among travelers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) so far in 2018, but elsewhere changing consumer tastes and market conditions have impacted regional travel patterns, according to data from Singapore-based online travel agency Wego. Wego’s destination rankings are derived from its user flight and […]

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