The War to Start All Wars
Historian Greg Grandin digs back into the forgotten American war that began it all just before the Soviet Union fell and a decade before 9/11.
Giving the Torturers a Pass
During Watergate, senior US officials went to jail for lying and obstructing justice. Many politicians have gone to prison for taking bribes and for corruption. But it’s somehow unthinkable to prosecute Bush administration officials implicated in torture and murder, an attitude that Marjorie Cohn rejects.
Shattering Israel’s Image
Netanyahu masterfully manipulated public opinion over the years to justify his misadventures and continued occupation in the name of national security, while bringing the peace process to a grinding halt, points out Alon Ben-Meir.
Go West, Young Han
The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length, notes Pepe Escobar.
Cheney’s depraved defense of torture
By suggesting that everyone who was tortured was guilty, Cheney ignores the innocent victims of torture, reports Lou Dubose.
The Angels and Devils of our Last Four Years
We know today about both our angels and our devils, and they will battle for our souls for some years to come. We have become normal countries, in the early years of our painful birth, says Rami G. Khouri.
Airbus delivers first next-generation A350-900 plane to Qatar Airways

Airlines are in major push to modernise fleets to reap energy savings that latest generation of planes offer.

OPEC resolve to stifle competition leaves energy market reeling
First UAE nuclear plant to be fully operational by 2020
UAE blames 'irresponsible' non-OPEC output for oil price plunge
Tough times for oil-rich GCC
Tumbling oil prices cut budgets of Mideast arms exporters
Saudi rules out oil output reduction
Saudi to carry on massive public spending
Energy-poor Morocco steps up search for natural gas
Arts Canteen London presents Attab Haddad: Iraqi oud with a western twist

On Friday 19th December, Haddad performed a new innovative approach to Middle-Eastern instrument oud.

Marrakesh Film Festival gives Japan a chance to shine
Drama out of tragedy: Syria women present new version of ‘Antigone’
Egypt revokes ban on Wehbe ‘provocative’ film
Lebanese diva Sabah passes away
Story about fear and destruction: Palestinian artist captures Gaza pain in clay
Morocco fossils: A rare and vanishing treasure
Cultural heartland of Al Ain hosts night of Emirati musical heritage
Abu Dhabi Film Festival to showcase best of Arab cinema
Sharjah Children's Film Festival kicks off with rich selection of movies
 
Al Jazeera ‘temporarily’ shuts Egypt channel accused of bias
Qatar's Al-Jazeera network is ‘temporarily’ closing its Egypt-dedicated channel, accused of bias towards banned Muslim Brotherhood.
25,000 camels set for beauty challenge at Al Dhafra Festival
First camel beauty contest winners drive away in brand new cars in Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate.
Turkey TV regulator fines popular show over ‘dance with foreigners’
Regulator says episode of ‘I Don't Know, My Spouse Knows’ was ‘contrary to public morality and Turkish family structure.’
Bestselling author imagines France under Muslim rule
With a first print run of 150,000 copies, his latest work has stirred plenty of comment.
New competitions at 8th edition of Al Dhafra Festival
Ghanam Al Naim Mazayna, Al Dhafra Horse Race, Handicrafts Competition will feature at biggest Edition in History of Al Dhafra Festival in UAE’s in Al Gharbia.
300 poets from 29 countries to be interviewed for Prince of Poets
Abu Dhabi prepares to host 300 Poets from 29 countries for direct interviews for Prince of Poets competition in January 2015.
Optimism to all Syrians as countryman wins Arab Idol contest
Hazem Sherif beats Palestinian Haitham Khalailah and Saudi Majid al-Madani by performing variety of songs, including traditional qudud.
Amid lack of deterrent measures, child abuse cases rise in Egypt
Experts say physical and sexual violence against children has surged in 2014, with more than 1,000 assaults registered between January and October.
Drama out of tragedy: Syria women present new version of ‘Antigone’
Adaptation of classic tells of arrests at checkpoints, harassment by rebel factions, search for hope and struggles against social barriers.
AC Milan outline plans for new 'Emirates' all-seater stadium
New venue could be named ‘Emirates’ and be partly funded by Serie A club's sponsors of same name.
Turkish actress insulted for translating for Pope
Yilmaz accused of being a Christian by Islamist trolls.
In Lebanon, seaside garden blooms on towering ‘mountain' of trash
New project is putting end to towering nightmare, transforming it into seaside park that local officials hope will inspire others.