Trump Escalates Anti-Leak Campaign
President Trump has made clear his anger about “leaks,” but he is far from alone among recent US presidents waging war against whistleblowing, write Jesselyn Radack and Kathleen McClellan for ExposeFacts.
Why the Vengeance Toward Sgt. Bergdahl
The angry politics around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s “desertion” in Afghanistan revolve around right-wing hatred for President Obama who engineered Bergdahl’s freedom from the Taliban, as Matthew Hoh describes.
The Thwarted Dreams of Kurdistan
Almost a century ago, European powers promised the Kurds a state but soon reneged on the deal, leaving Kurdish nationalists to fume for generations and leading to Iraq’s recent military capture of Kirkuk, reports Lawrence Davidson.
What the Nobel Prize for Economics Might Tell us about Peace in the Middle East
It would be disingenuous to say the Israeli electorate has been unaware for more than a decade about Netanyahu’s disinterest in peacemaking, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.
Turkey and the Belt of Evil
Turkey is today paying the cost of its mistakes that it made in the previous years. It turned a blind eye to the IS activities and then it started to face the adverse effects of such opportunistic perform, explains Diyari Salih.
The real reasons Trump is quitting Unesco
Washington’s claim that UNESCO is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes, explains Jonathan Cook.
Sale of Gulf shipping firm delayed amid crisis

Signs that deal-making in Gulf region is running into difficulties, with Qatar financial sector hit by its dispute with Arab neighbours.

US won't disrupt European business deals with Iran
Lebanon approves first budget since 2005
Moscow seeks to boost its influence in Kurdistan through oil
UAE elevates trade skills in global competition
Discriminatory laws cost MENA countries billions
IMF urges Saudi not to rush into economic reforms
Baghdad steps up retaliation against Kurdish independence vote competes with Amazon in nascent e-commerce sector in Gulf
Ancient pools near Bethlehem set for renovation

Three Solomon's Pools in illegally occupied West Bank were built around the time of Jesus's birth, were key sources of water for Jerusalem.

Beirut Art Fair’s eighth edition highlights collectors’ choices
Promoting peace and reconciliation in Lebanon through art
Egypt seeks to renew interest in Sinai’s religious sites
Dahshur pyramids set the standards for Egypt’s ancient architecture
Egypt dig unearths 3,500 year old tomb
Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on November 11
Roman ruins discovered underwater off Tunisia
1,500 year old mosaic discovered in Jerusalem
Art brings 'peace' to neighborhoods of Lebanon's Tripoli
Street art duo says that once they're done, pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell out "salam" on a scale visible from space.
Arab craft glitters through generations in Columbia
Arab tradition of crafting fine jewellery taught to Spaniards which took it to isolated Mompox where generations of goldsmiths maintain ancient method.
Jobless Tunisians seek new migration routes to Europe
Crackdown in Libya has forced smugglers to find alternative routes for Tunisian migrants who are fleeing economic troubles in Tunisia.
WWE signs first female, Arab wrestler in global push
Shadia Bseiso dreams of encouraging more Arab women to take up sports - and of crashing metal chairs over wrestling mega-stars.
Morocco’s phoney dentists thrive on poverty
Practitioners with no proof of qualification offer cheap tooth removals to poorer citizens with sometimes fatal consequences.
Egypt's wheat supply bears the brunt of angry inspectors
Traders say ban on expenses-paid foreign trips has backfired as inspectors are now rejecting cargoes at Egyptian ports on arbitrary, unpredictable grounds.
Central Egypt cave captivates visitors
With an area of 700 sq. metres and 15 metres deep, Wadi Sannur Cave displays rock formations of different shapes and colours moulded over millions of years.
Lebanon promotes ‘back to public school’ drive
Lebanon is seeking to overhaul its public education sector with $204 million from the World Bank.
Israel unveils newly unearthed section of Western Wall
Archaeologists excavate part of holy Western Wall to uncover well preserved theatre-like Roman structure dating from second or third century AD.
Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant shows appetite for integration
Syrian refugees open Mezze restaurant in Portuguese capital as result of fundraising drive initiated by former journalist.
Turning Cannabis into Cabernet in Lebanon
Farmer turns multi-million-dollar hashish business into winemaking in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley.
'Inspiration': city of Marrakesh hosts Yves Saint Laurent museum
Legendary French couturier was entranced by 'ochre city' when he discovered vibrant, easy-going atmosphere of its busy streets.