Adventures in an American World of Frustration
Tom Engelhardt explores the strange American world with an eye to the particular absurdity of the moment – from nuking the planet to plain old bombing, from the privatization of war to the selling of its implements, from the power of the national security state in American elections to the power of money in the same.
Turkey And The PKK: Mutual Violence Is Not The Answer
To understand the Kurds’ mindset, Erdogan will do well to revisit, however cursorily, their history and the hardship they have experienced since the end of World War I, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.
Why $37 Billion in US Aid to Israel Endangers Us All
Obama’s behavior, and that of every other president before him since Nixon, tells us that when impressive American values encounter Palestinians and Israelis, they become a selective and occasional luxury, or a routine insincerity, writes Rami G. Khouri.
The Syrian Truce and Obama's Exit Strategy
For a truce to lead to the kind of compromise that underpins a genuine peace, there must be strong incentives among all parties to the conflict, notes Gilbert Achcar.
Is Lebanon Heading Towards a Constituent Assembly?
The March 14 alliance rejects any constituent assembly at this time, saying that the current circumstances would not allow for a balanced debate due to Hezbollah’s ability to bring its arms into play, writes Mohamed Kawas.
US Aid Deal Gives Green Light to Israel's Erasure of Palestine
The clearest message from Israel’s new aid package is one delivered to the Palestinians: Washington sees no pressing strategic interest in ending the occupation, argues Jonathan Cook.
Sudan needs swift reforms to revive sanctions-hit economy

World Bank report says removing exchange restrictions could help revive east African country's sluggish economy.

Moody's cuts Turkey debt rating to 'junk' level
Saudi Arabia reportedly doubts oil output deal
Petrofac to resume work in Tunisia after labour dispute
Gulf emirate targets status as major oil export platform
Turkey cuts rates again to boost slowing economy
Qatar budget back to 'near balance' by 2018
Gulf budget deficits to peak this year
Qatar plans to create its own version of 'Wall Street'
Iraq marshlands named UNESCO world heritage site

Area named is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq.

Muhammad Ali's family prepares funeral
Cannes spotlight on Iranian cinema
Palestinian museum to open without exhibition
Peshmerga documentary makes late entry in Cannes
Egypt's turmoil comes to Cannes in a police van
Turkish satire tackles adoption at Cannes
Rabai al-Madhoun wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction
SZBA Annual Book Award ceremony to be held Sunday
 
Lebanese shun polluted beaches for trips abroad
With polluted waters and private developers gobbling up seafront land, Lebanese prefer to fly abroad.
Tunisia welcomes home Paralympians
Joyful Tunisians welcomed their 'hero' Paralympians home after team hauled in an impressive 19 medals in Rio.
Palestinian family seeks to make a ripple with a tipple
Family winery in Christian village of Taybeh looks to add Palestine to the map of the world's wines.
In besieged Syria towns, rockets become swings
In rebel-held towns near Damascus, swing sets are made of spent rockets and jungle gyms are tucked underground.
Iran picks 'The Salesman' for 2017 Oscar
After long deliberations on five shortlisted films, strong majority of board picks ‘The Salesman’ to compete on behalf of Iran.
Syria’s “Happy” baboon bears the scars of war
Once a renowned attraction, Saeed the baboon has suffered at hands of five year conflict.
Of war and wealth: the many faces of hajj
More than 1.8 million Muslims with their own stories, backgrounds made this year's hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi introduces electronic 'sacrifice coupons' for a bloodless hajj
Pilgrims in Mecca had the option of computerised coupons to order a Eid sacrifice without even seeing a slaughtered beast.
Hajj goes hi-tech, the spiritual goes viral
Physical, spiritual hajj experience replaced by ringing mobile phones and the visual distractions of Western commercialism.
King of Morocco causes online stir with selfie
Pictures of King Mohammed VI casually posing with his subjects are doing the rounds on social media.
Saudi issues hajj pilgrims with ID bracelets
Public statements, Saudi press reports show changes have been made to prevent overcrowding that killed around 2,300 people last year.
Muslims gather in Mecca ahead of hajj
No pilgrims from Iran for the first time in almost three decades as Muslims from around the world travel to Saudi Arabia for hajj.