How to Turn a Nightmare into a Fairy Tale
As Christian Appy notes, the end of that war -- a time of devastating defeat for the United States and relief, if not liberation, for most Vietnamese -- has been rebranded to suit American tastes and so offers a hint of what may come when other ends arrive in our present crash-and-burn conflicts in the Greater Middle East.
AIPAC vs. the Neocons on Iran
Neocons will lose the Iran fight because their bankrupt ideology is too partisan. But they’re winning the war of ideas in the Republican party, argues Ali Gharib.
Letter of apology to my grandson
Someday in the distant future, I hope you’ll read this letter and that, given the ingenuity of our species, given the grit to resist madness, given whatever surprises the future holds, you’ll smile indulgently at my worst fears, writes Tom Engelhardt.
A Fact-Resistant ‘Group Think’ on Syria
CBS News’ anchor Scott Pelley is known for his clueless journalism which never goes beyond Official Washington’s “group think” – and he was at it again in a dangerously provocative “60 Minutes” segment on the sarin gas attack near Damascus, Syria, in 2013, reports Robert Parry.
AFRICOM Behaving Badly
For years, as U.S. military personnel moved into Africa in ever-increasing numbers, AFRICOM has effectively downplayed, disguised, or covered-up almost every aspect of its operations, from the locations of its troop deployments to those of its expanding string of outposts, writes Nick Turse.
If the US Wants Arabs as Partners, We Must Treat Them As Such
Arab leaders, even those who have deep distrust with Iran's intentions, have been tempered in their reactions to the deal, notes James Zogby.
Closure of key trade route deals harsh blow to Jordan economy

President of Jordanian truckers' union, estimates that long-term damage from lost trade with not only Syria, but also Iraq, could reach $500 million.

Entrepreneurs encourage people to ‘buy Syrian’
Emirates awards lucrative engines deal
EU urged to label Israeli West bank products
Egypt joins China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Saudi Arabia in new move to cut oil output at Kuwait neutral zone
IEA trims non-OPEC supply forecast
Turkey launches construction of first nuclear power plant
Iran joins Beijing-backed infrastructure bank
Islamic finance must address challenges to develop safely
Novelists withdraw from NY gala in Charlie Hebdo protest

Thoret to accept PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

US returns stolen Egypt artifacts
Arab poetry loses revolutionary voice of Abdel Rahman al-Abnudi
SZBA names Mohammed bin Rashed “Cultural Personality of the Year”
‘No’ to censorship: Filmmakers boycott Istanbul Film Festival
ADIBF celebrates UAE founder
UAE cements its status as regional hub of fine art
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair honours Iceland
Ancient Libyan treasures now in ISIS' sights
Salma Hayek explores Lebanese roots in The Prophet
Film star connects with Lebanese roots through animated film, based on the prose-poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran.
Iran fast-driving rich kids create ‘psychological insecurity’ on streets
Khamenei says officers need plans to deal with drivers who speed, and suggests such fatalities are product of privilege.
France opens preliminary probe into forced labour allegations in Qatar
Construction giant Vinci denies all allegations, and files defamation claim in Paris against non-governmental group Sherpa.
Sailors flock to Al Gharbia Watersports Festival
Over 3000 participants of at least 20 different nationalities are competing in about 10 different water, beach sport events in Mirfa, Abu Dhabi.
Morocco penal reforms trigger lively debate on morality
In country where tradition is paramount, proposed changes to basic law prompt much hand-wringing.
For Turks, Gallipoli not ordinary touristic place
Gallipoli battlefield is place of veneration for modern Turks where their forefathers have shown heroism against Allied troops during WWI.
Morocco launches campaign to encourage organ donors
Campaign will include programme to train imams to teach that organ donation is not contrary to Islam.
Orchestra Accademia Teatro alla Scala TO PERFORM IN Abu Dhabi
Italian orchestra’s performance is part of this season’s Classics theme ‘The Traveller’ - highlighting some of best classical music from East and West.
TCA Abu Dhabi marks World Heritage Day at Al Ain City’s Souq Al Qattara
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority holds series of events at Souq Al Qattara to celebrate 33rd World Heritage Day.
Caftan Fashion Week born in Casablanca
First edition of Caftan Fashion Week closes its curtains with participation of over 60 stylists from across Morocco.
Arab poetry loses revolutionary voice of Abdel Rahman al-Abnudi
Abnudi's wife, Nehal Kamal, says her husband will be buried in canal city of Ismailiya, where he moved years ago.
Strangers in world of science: Young Israelis shun Orthodoxy over dogma
Group of young Israelis who left world of ultra-Orthodox Judaism are demanding answers from state which funded their strictly religious education.