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US State Dept. 'Iran Has Spent $16 Billion to Destabilize Middle East'

US State Dept. 'Iran Has Spent $16 Billion to Destabilize Middle East'

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua […]

Man attacks naked female statue in Algeria

Man attacks naked female statue in Algeria

A prominent statue depicting a naked woman in the Algerian city of Setif has been vandalised for the second time in the past year, local media reported yesterday. Videos taken by passers-by show a man mounting the monument near the city’s central Ain El-Fouara fountain, and chiselling off the face and breasts of the marble […]

Inequality in the Middle East

Inequality in the Middle East

Survey estimates suggest that inequality in the Middle East is not particularly high despite considerable political conflict. This column uses new ‘distributional national accounts’ data to show that the Middle East is in fact the most unequal region in the world, with both enormous inequality between countries and large inequality within countries. The results emphasize the […]

Oil-rich Middle East countries refocus on MICE industry

Oil-rich Middle East countries refocus on MICE industry

ibtm Arabia Middle Easst Historically, the economy in the Middle East has been built on selling oil, with the countries there investing little capital in other sectors. Today, all that has changed. The price of oil has dropped and, in a world where environmental pressures mean global powers are determined to stop burning it as […]

IR professionals feel increasingly valued in Middle East

IR professionals feel increasingly valued in Middle East

More than four fifths (81 percent) of IR practitioners across the Middle East say they feel valued by senior management, up from 73 percent a year ago. That’s according to the latest research from the Middle East IR Association (Meira), hot on the heels of its Content Preview to continue reading Register Unlimited news online […]

Palestinians protest high unemployment in Gaza

Palestinians protest high unemployment in Gaza

Palestinians gather at the Unknown Soldier’s Square to march toward Labour Ministry building as they protest against unemployment rate in Gaza City, Gaza on October 7, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency] Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated high unemployment rates in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, which has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007. Protesters […]

Middle East specialist Antoine Sfeir dies at 70

Middle East specialist Antoine Sfeir dies at 70

He was a public face in France, known for his deep knowledge and informative analysis of the Arab and Muslim world. Franco-Lebanese journalist and Middle East specialist Antoine Sfeir, who was described by French politicians as the link between East and West, died September 30 in Paris. He had just turned 70. A former consultant […]

Haviland Smith: The real Middle East conflict

Haviland Smith: The real Middle East conflict

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haviland Smith, of Williston, who is a retired CIA station chief who served in East and West Europe as well as the Middle East. He was executive assistant in the CIA director’s office and the first CIA chief of counterterrorism. His other writings can be seen on rural-ruminations.com. It […]

Jerusalem to remove UN agency for Palestinians from city

Jerusalem to remove UN agency for Palestinians from city

Barkat said schools, clinics and sports centres, among other UNWRA services in occupied East Jerusalem, will be transferred to Israeli authorities (AFP) Jerusalem’s mayor has said he plans to remove a UN agency for Palestinian refugees from the city, accusing the body of operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel. Nir Barkat said on Thursday […]

Jordan to receive aid package from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait

Jordan to receive aid package from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait

The governments of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait are set to agree on a financial assistance package for Jordan today, the official news agency Petra reported. Jordanian Finance Minister Izzeddin Kanakrieh said yesterday that the three countries will provide an aid package made up of four components: $1 billion in deposits at the Central […]