Combating the Islamic State: The real options
The Islamic State (IS) is pursuing its clearly stated objective of a greatly expanded caliphate by using extreme brutality deliberately. Why then cannot there be a coalition of those who are opposed to the IS and its expansionary threats? The answer is very simple. They all have other priorities, argues Immanuel Wallerstein.
Netanyahu’s gamble Sidelining President Obama, the US
Congress has invited Binyamin Netanyahu to speak on 3 March, helping his chance of re-election. But he may not win, notes Marius Schattner.
The Great Game in the Holy Land
With Gazprom's move to develop the Palestinian-claimed gas deposits on the horizon, the Israelis launched their fifth military effort to force Palestinian acquiescence, Operation Protective Edge. It had two major hydrocarbon-related goals: to deter Palestinian-Russian plans and to finally eliminate the Gazan rocket systems, says Michael Schwartz.
How ‘Islamic’ is the Islamic State?
The Bush regime and supporters, people like Paul Wolfowitz and Rudy Giuliani, now want to engage in essentialism and blame Islam for their disaster. All criminals have a cover story, and they’re castigating President Obama for not corroborating their alibi, explains Juan Cole.
Jeb Bush’s Iraq War Cop-Out
Very few promoters of the Iraq War faced any accountability for their aggressive war, nor it seems were many lessons learned. This failure is being tested again as President George W. Bush’s brother Jeb seeks the White House without a serious critique of this bloody disaster, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
The Obama-Netanyahu Showdown
President Obama has been reduced to asking Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for permission to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, recognizing Netanyahu’s power over the US Congress. But Netanyahu’s determination to block any deal has left Obama traversing a difficult negotiating path, writes Gareth Porter.
Oil market recoils after bumper gains

Analysts say dealers will next be scrutinising slew of US economic data for clues on demand prospects in world's biggest crude consumer.

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
Russia offers Iran missiles despite sanctions
UAE’s Du posts 6% profit rise in 2014
Qatar Airways denies staff sacked when married
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.

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
Farewell Assia Djebar: North African literature loses one of its most important figures
Egypt star of the century passes away at age of 83
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.
Sheikh Zayed to be focus personality at ADIBF 2015
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair’s Silver Jubilee Edition to Celebrate Father of the Nation’s vision.