Middle East diplomacy is being done via GIF now: How it's come to this

Middle East diplomacy is being done via GIF now: How it's come to this

To grasp all the subtleties of the Israeli Embassy in Washington’s message to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (enclosed herewith), we should keep in mind a few key threads in the intersecting histories of Israel, Iran and the United States. Let’s start with the most important meme: “Mean Girls” came out 14 years ago, and its tale of a high school […]

Can Data Determine A Clear Winner of Ramadan Advertising Race?

Can Data Determine A Clear Winner of Ramadan Advertising Race?

Ramadan is the most anticipated season for advertisers in the MENA region. It’s the month when people connect more than ever, but not just with each other. They want to connect with their favorite brands and bond over their favorite shows. This causes a massive increase in social media usage. Facebook alone witnessed an additional […]

Assassination of former Israel colonel in Honduras

Assassination of former Israel colonel in Honduras

A former Israeli colonel was killed by unknown assailants in his home in Honduras in Central America, Hebrew media sources reported today. According to Walla news site, 70-year-old ex-officer, Reuven Franklin, immigrated to Honduras 40 years ago. Franklin’s wife said that three people riding on a motorcycle arrived at their ranch and shot her husband […]

Britain needs new partners in Middle East, says trade envoy

Britain needs new partners in Middle East, says trade envoy

Britain should lead the world in trading with less obvious partners in the Middle East, rather than focusing simply on the Gulf emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as it searches for post-Brexit export opportunities, the new UK envoy for the region has stated. Simon Penney, who will join the government as a trade commissioner next […]

Erdogan says Uber is 'finished' in Turkey

Erdogan says Uber is 'finished' in Turkey

Uber driver Kemal Kuru was beaten by assailants on way to pick up customer (AFP/file photo) Uber faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride hailing app was “finished” following an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul taxi drivers. About 17,400 taxis operate in Istanbul, home to about a fifth of […]

Jordan's message to the world: Don't cut our aid

Jordan's message to the world: Don't cut our aid

Jordanians took to the streets this week in one of the country’s largest protests in recent years. Many public and private institutions were almost empty as Jordanians demonstrated against a proposed law that would impose a new income tax, at a time when they are already struggling with rising prices and steady increases in indirect […]

Middle East Power Struggle Plays Out on New Stage

Middle East Power Struggle Plays Out on New Stage

BERBERA, Somaliland—The battle for hegemony in the Middle East is playing out at an ancient African port where traditional dhow fishing boats now share space with giant, container ships loaded around the clock by men in yellow high-visibility vests. Berbera, in the breakaway republic of Somaliland, is perched on a narrow shipping lane leading to […]

From China to the Middle East, museums are being built as a branding exercise

From China to the Middle East, museums are being built as a branding exercise

The contemporary art crowd are a pretty cosmopolitan lot. But few traverse quite as diverse a cultural landscape as globe-trotting museum adviser Alexandre Colliex. The Collector caught up with Centre Pompidou’s former head of international development when he made a flying visit to Hong Kong last month and he shared some interesting observations about the […]

Kuwait blocks US attempt to condemn Palestinian resistance at UN

Kuwait blocks US attempt to condemn Palestinian resistance at UN

Kuwait yesterday blocked a US-drafted UN Security Council statement that strongly condemned Palestinian resistance forces in the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, America had called for an emergency UNSC meeting to discuss rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in to Israel in response to Tel Aviv’s near daily shelling of Palestinian land. In an email to […]

Israel approves construction of 261 settlement units in Hebron

Israel approves construction of 261 settlement units in Hebron

An Israeli committee has approved the construction of 261 settlement units on Palestinian land in occupied Hebron. The Planning Committee today approved a plan to build 102 settlement units in the illegal Nighot settlement in the upcoming weeks. It also agreed to build additional settlement neighbourhoods in the settlements of Mount Hebron. The committee explained […]