Behind Trump’s Anti-Iran Tough Talk
Appeasing the Saudi-Israel axis in the Mideast, President Trump is talking tough against Iran and bringing his administration even more into line with neocon orthodoxy, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.
The Pro-War Twist of the ‘Resistance’
The anti-Trump “#Resistance” has become a movement to defend the Democratic establishment’s pro-war policies, to purge anti-war Democrats, and even to embrace Donald Trump’s attack on Syria, reports James W Carden.
Misleading Images of Kurdish Female Fighters
These trophy shots, however, invite a long list of problems and the choice behind them is always ideological. The more traction they gain, the greater the injustice inflicted upon Kurdish women in northern Iraq, says Nazli Tarzi.
Trump Sends the World Muddled Messages
Moving from Tweets to Tomahawk missiles, President Trump enjoys sending messages with exclamation points, but those messages often are muddled and thus dangerous, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
A Sad Day For Turkey
There are at least 25 factors that delegitimize the referendum and its results, and once implemented, the repercussions on Turkey’s future will be dire and essentially seal the fate of the country’s prospective democracy, argues Alon Ben-Meir.
Putin’s Middle East Balancing Act
Under Putin as the Russian president, Moscow has good relations with almost all major actors in the Middle East — anti-American as well as pro-American Arab governments, says Mark N. Katz.
Dubai Aerospace to triple size with plan to buy AWAS

DAE’s purchase of AWAS Aviation Capital is set to be completed in third quarter of 2017.

LafargeHolcim CEO stepping down over Syria probe
OPEC 'optimistic' about oil price recovery
IMF cuts Mideast growth forecast after oil output cuts
The National undergoing new 'digital transformation'
Weak Turkish economy likely to impact poll
IEA says world oil 'close to balance' despite OPEC cuts
OPEC says oil deal threatened by increased US pumping
Turkey's Vestel says in talks to buy Toshiba TV ops
Saudi wins Prince of Poets title

Eyad Hakami beats countryman Tariq Al Sumayli to win crown of Prince of Poets competition, AED1,000,000.

Visiting Nablus, the ‘Little Damascus’ of Palestine
French conductor leads Tehran orchestra in sign of growing ties
Archaeologists unearth ancient tomb near Egypt's Luxor
New documentary on comedian Bassem Youssef follows Arab Spring turmoil
Iranian female snooker players banned
Morocco hosts African art festival
Demolition of decades-old Beirut brewery begins
Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests
Saudi wins Prince of Poets title
Eyad Hakami beats countryman Tariq Al Sumayli to win crown of Prince of Poets competition, AED1,000,000.
What about Balfour? British students no longer studying Palestine-Israel
Of five exam boards, three have removed Israel-Palestine from their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) syl­labus since 2014.
Book Review: The Muslim world’s ‘struggle between faith and reason’
For centuries, Ottoman authorities threatened to execute anyone who published books.
Syrian refugees tour New York
Ten-year-old Mona Hafez was one of 150 refugees last week treated to free tours of US cultural capital to make them feel welcome.
Halla Walla: First Arab-inspired emojis app
Based in UAE, Bahraini Yasmine Rasool, 31, Japanese Eriko Varkey, 30, decide digital world needs emojis with Arab twist.
Iraqi rappers voice grievances and hope
Rap is becoming increasingly popular among Iraqi youth as a means of expression.
Migrant rescuers, island mayor win UNESCO peace prize
Prestigious peace prize awarded to European NGO SOS Mediterranee, mayor of Lampedusa'for their work to save lives of refugees'.
Algiers invaded by yellow-legged gull bird
‘Rat of the sky’ takes advantage of human waste to supplement its marine diet, becomes invasive pest in Algerian capital.
Mosul zoo lion, bear flown out of Iraq
Simba, Lula, ailing last two residents of Mosul zoo will receive emergency care from Four Paws International in Jordan.
Jordan’s ‘City of Mosaics’ struggling to preserve its heritage
Madaba, former winner of World Crafts City competition, struggles to maintain rich history of handicrafts for which it is famous.
Soldiers, displaced take break from war at spa near Mosul
‘The bath of the sick’ hosts soldiers, civilians seeking rare moments of relaxation in its renowned sulphur springs.
Al Dhafra Water Festival to be held April 20th
4,000 athletes from 20 countries will take part in Festival which will be held April 20-29 in Mirfa, Al Dhafra Region.