Democracy Promotion May no Longer be a US Objective Under Trump Administration
Tillerson proposed removing democracy as a US foreign policy objective because that reflects the Trump’s “America first” agenda, argues Mark Habeeb.
Fire prevention strategy key to Maghreb’s future
Whether fire or ice, it is time for the Maghreb and the world to consider how to deal with the threat of extreme weather and reduce the effects of climate change, warns Iman Zayat.
Trump’s Shallow Thinking on ‘Terrorism’
Israel typically makes its enemies America’s enemies – think Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran – and few US politicians dare step out of line. But hypocritical talk about “terrorism” has consequences, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Russia-gate’s Fatally Flawed Logic
By pushing the Russia-gate “scandal” and neutering President Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea, writes Robert Parry.
Food Insecurity in the Palestinian Occupied Territories
Knowing that Gaza is so crowded and in need urgent need for jobs and currency, Israel tried to starve its population as a punishment for electing Hamas, and to push them to overthrow it to get rid of the tragic situation, points out Suha Aljundi.
Iran Regime Using Rap Music as Propaganda Tool
The marriage of convenience between rap artist Tataloo and the regime is a clever move, stresses Ali Alfoneh.
Blockaded Qatar's economy troubled, but coping

Analysts are predicting long, drawn-out crisis which will affect investor confidence, with Qatar's economy already showing the strain from dispute with Gulf neighbours.

Damascus International Fair back after 5-year absence
Saudi billionaire to invest $800 million in Egypt tourism
Renault signs ‘historical contract’ with Iran
Egypt foreign reserves at highest since 2011 uprising
Oil prices build on last week’s rally
Morocco delays currency reform amid speculation
Peugeot-Citroen lifted by Iran sales
Emirates flights win exemption on US laptop ban
Hammamet festival showcases Tunisia’s underground art scene

The festival opened with a theatrical performance but has shows scheduled from a variety of artistic disciplines.

Jerash festival transforms Amman into a centre of global culture
Asilah Moussem, an exuberant platform for artistic events
Wonder Woman film banned in Tunisia over Israeli star
Casablanca makes spectacular comeback to international festival scene
13th edition of Liwa Date Festival to be held July 19-29
Ibn Battuta International Festival to be held in November
Palestinians, Israelis square off on UNESCO vote on Hebron
Essaouira celebrates 20th anniversary of Gnaoua festival
Tunisian fisherman buries people who drowned at sea
Chamseddine Marzoug is determined to give dignified burial to refugees who drowned in waters off his Tunisian hometown.
Jewish tourists get ‘anti-terrorism’ course
Israeli firm offers 'anti-terrorism' adventure to Jewish tourists for $100 in occupied West Bank.
Tunisia’s Kelibia, a peaceful fishing town that offers perfect getaway
Much of the town’s history has yet to be discovered and excava­tions continue to uncover more in­formation on the area’s ancient civi­lisations.
International football legends to play exhibition in Iraq
September’s exhibition match in Basra set to feature former stars Crespo, Salgado, Rivaldo amongst others.
Rising Palestinian music stars delight London audience
The artists highlighted Palestinians’ suffering under Israeli occupation in many songs and musical compositions.
Morocco to bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup
If successful, Morocco would become only second African country to host football's flagship event following South Africa in 2010.
'Little Damascus' forms in northwest Syria
Bustling street in rebel-controlled Idlib contains shops and eateries run by Syrians who quit their formerly rebel-held towns around Damascus.
Geometry and mathematics inspire Emirati artist
Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz plans everything, except the viewer’s response.
At midnight, 'cat lady' prowls in Jerusalem
In much of the Mediterranean basin, where winters are mild and open piles of rubbish plentiful, stray cats are ubiquitous.
‘Meditation tourism’ a new trend in Jordan
A day trip to the Dead Sea or Petra, including a 2-hour class of meditation, costs $150.
North African designers shine at the London Arabia Art and Fashion Week
Festival organiser Omar Bdour says he is proud to showcase Arab culture, heritage alongside British talents.
Iraq’s first woman publisher, bookseller defies prejudices
Managing the day-to-day buying and selling of books is part and parcel of Bayati’s operation.