Namedropping Kissinger
On Thursday night, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders did debate Kissinger’s legacy in one of the most remarkable exchanges of modern presidential politics. It was an exchange late Christopher Hitchens would have relished, writes John Nichols.
The US Military Suffers from Affluenza
William Astore accompanies the Pentagon to its yearly medical checkup and returns with a diagnosis.
Erecting A Giant Prison For All Israelis
Netanyahu knows only too well that no fence, however high and regardless of the material it is made of, will prevent a determined terrorist from finding a way to penetrate it, says Alon Ben-Meir.
Aleppo’s Frightening Reminder of Wider Threats, and Older Glories
It is ironic and painful that Syria, which boasts that it is home to the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city of Damascus (5000 years and counting), should emerge today as the world’s center of many simultaneous dimensions of depraved, barbaric human behaviour, notes Rami G. Khouri.
Risking World War III in Syria
After Saudi-backed Syrian rebels balked at peace talks and the Russian-backed Syrian army cut off Turkish supply lines to jihadists and other Syrian rebels, the US and its Mideast Sunni “allies” appear poised to invade Syria and force “regime change” even at the risk of fighting Russia, a gamble with nuclear war, writes Joe Lauria.
Still Sabotaging the Iran-Nuke Deal
Since Israel and the influential US neocons never wanted the Iranian nuclear deal, many US politicians – including presidential candidates – are lining up to sabotage the agreement by finding new excuses to sanction Iran. This trick is a dangerous game, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Iran making fresh pitch for tourists

Islamic republic seeks healthy revenues from tourism with recent lifting of economic sanctions.

Thomas Cook posts widening loss after terror attacks
Telecoms giant Zain sees fall in net profit
Flydubai’s net profits plunge in 2015
Public debt of GCC countries to double by 2020
TUI records 40% drop in summer bookings to Turkey
IEA holds OPEC responsible for oil supply glut
Oil prices slide as hopes of output cut fade
Oil prices rebound on news of Saudi-Venezuela talks
Berlin film fest competition kicks off with Arab film

First Arab contender in 20 years hailing from Tunisia "Hedi" opens Berlin film festival race.

48 poets compete in Million’s Poet contest
Dubai to become home to largest library in Arab world
Ancient boat unearthed in Egypt near pyramids
Nude sculptures go veiled on Rouhani’s visit to Rome museum
Musical tradition by Tuareg women makes comeback in Algeria
Syrian orchestra to reunite for London concert
Erdogan biopic to hit Turkish screens
Paul Starkey wins 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
 
Iran making fresh pitch for tourists
Islamic republic seeks healthy revenues from tourism with recent lifting of economic sanctions.
Aleppo boys dream of becoming boxing champions despite war
Dozens of young children box to drown out bombs opposition-held areas in Syria’s war-torn Aleppo city.
Qatar hopes to host Summer Olympics (…) ‘maybe 2028’
Thani Al-Kuwari says Qatar has ‘vision and target’ of hosting Summer Olympics and will bid to hold future games.
48 poets compete in Million’s Poet contest
Bedouin challenge for AED 15 millions of this year's Millions' Poet competition will start on February 9 among 47 men, one woman.
Zaha Hadid awarded Britain's Royal Gold Medal
Iraqi-British architectis first individual woman to win Britain's Royal Gold Medal after her selection was personally approved by Queen Elizabeth II.
Pakistan launches T20 League in UAE amid hopes to boost revenues
Long-awaited first edition of Pakistan Super League follows two previous attempts that fell through over lack of sponsorship.
Mark Cavendish prepares to defend Dubai crown
Cavendish will have to battle with likes of German Marcel Kittel if he is to get off the mark for the season.
Skiing in occupied Golan Heights: Fun on one side, war on the other!
On clear days, Damascus is visible from top of ski lift 2,200 metres above sea level in Golan Heights where tourists reapply their sunscreen.
Dubai to become home to largest library in Arab world
Mohammed bin Rashid Library aspires to preserve Emirati culture, promote Arabic language, and publish new titles.
Kremerata Baltica returns to Abu Dhabi
Violinist Gidon Kremer comes back to Abu Dhabi with Kremerata Baltica for two concerts as part of Abu Dhabi Classics international concert season.
Ex-FIFA official faces court over Qatar ‘cancer’ remark
Theo Zwanziger is due in court over comments he made last year, claiming Qatar is ‘cancer of world football.’
Subtle policy changes could reinforce Qatari focus on sports
Notion of progress towards labour reform after five years of promises is fuelled by suggestions that cabinet reshuffle is a first step towards political liberalization.