The True Purpose of Netanyahu’s Visit to Washington
Politicians first and foremost typically want to get re-elected. While Netanyahu’s prospects look good, they are not completely assured, notes Juan Cole.
The Charlie Effect: What’s Next!!!
Are we witnessing a harbinger of a religious war? Is it the beginning of a new violent era that may not spare any nation? Asks Fadi Elhusseini.
Estate boys’ stories
Foster homes, delinquency, radicalisation and death are commonplace in French banlieues, a background not confined to the Kouachi brothers. Life was never good, and it’s worsening, says Pierre Souchon.
The battle forces against ISIS remain incomplete
If ISIS and other such movements are to be defeated, and not reappear in new forms that are shaped by the same underlying drivers of discontent, we need to see tangible signs of change in the way Arab societies are governed, stresses Rami G. Khouri.
Neocons Want ‘Regime Change’ in Iran
A curious trait of America’s neocons is that they never change course or learn from past mistakes. They simply press on for more and more “regime change,” explaining their determination to sink the Iranian nuclear talks to reopen the pathway to more war, as Jonathan Marshall explains.
Needed: Leaders Like JFK and Khrushchev
Three days ago, former US diplomat William R. Polk, who served President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, warned that the West was risking a similar crisis in reverse by pressing NATO forces aggressively onto Russia’s borders. He has now added this postscript about the need for wise leaders.
Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields

National Oil Co threatens to close all fields and ports if security situation does not improve.

Qatar predicts 7% growth in 2015
Oil market gains limited ground
Oil market recoils after bumper gains
Turkey explores for oil in Iraqi Kurdistan
Police, anti-shale gas protesters clash in Algeria
Qatar takes full ownership of Porta Nuova
Algeria police prevent anti-shale gas protest
Turkey central bank bows to Erdogan pressure on rates
Dubai launches first 3D pavement art festival

Festival features 3-D art in chalk or paint, many depicting eye-catching city images.

Thousands turn out for funeral of Turkey literary giant Yasar Kemal
Iraq reopens national museum more than 10 years after looting
IS militants destroy priceless ancient artefacts in Iraq’s Mosul
SZBA announces shortlist in “Translation” and “Arabic Culture in Other Languages”
Woman wins best drama award at Saudi Film Festival
Khamenei criticises ‘American Sniper’ without seeing it
Sheikh Zayed to be focus personality at ADIBF 2015
Iran director Jafar Panahi wins Berlin film festival's Golden Bear
 
Thousands turn out for funeral of Turkey literary giant Yasar Kemal
Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk and ex-Turkish president Abdullah Gul attend ceremony at Tesvikiye mosque.
SZBA announces finalists in “Publishing and Technology” for its Ninth Session
Two Lebanese publishing houses; Arab Scientific Publishers Inc., Al Saqi Publishing House; Toubkal Publishing House from Morocco are named.
Iran to Internet giants: You can operate if you respect ‘cultural’ rules
Islamic Republic is also ready to provide Google or any other company with facilities that could enable them to provide their services to region.
Iraq reopens national museum more than 10 years after looting
Reopening is brought forward as response to destruction of priceless artefacts by Islamic State jihadists in northern city of Mosul.
IS militants destroy priceless ancient artefacts in Iraq’s Mosul
Bearded jihadist: artefacts behind me are idols for people from ancient times who worshipped them instead of God.
US-funded Christians training for private war on Iraq jihadists
VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against Gathafi, is training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists in Iraq.
SZBA announces shortlist in “Translation” and “Arabic Culture in Other Languages”
Bin Tamim says works in both categories portray wide variety of topics, literary genres.
Woman wins best drama award at Saudi Film Festival
Hana al-Omair takes Golden Palm Tree prize for her drama ‘Complain’.
ADIHEX 2015 to be held in September
Al Qubaisi says Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition offers its visitors opportunity to possess state-of-the art camping, hunting, equestrian, outdoor and marine equipment.
Tens of thousands have visited Qasr Al Hosn Festival
Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi has attracted nearly 120,000 visitors in just 11 days.
SZBA announces Literature, Children’s Literature and Young Author Shortlist
Nine candidates have been shortlisted in “Literature”, “Children’s Literature”, and “Young Author” categories for its 2015 prize.
Syrian refugees make up majority of Lebanon street children
Survey of 18 areas in Lebanon reveals 73 percent of 1,510 children living working on Lebanon’s streets are from Syria.