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.
UN Peace Coordinator Unwelcome by Palestinians
Except for expanding the occupation through settlements under the “peace” umbrella these envoys provide, without any hope that the international community they represent will be able to effect any real tangible change for the present and future of the Palestinian people on the ground, stresses Nicola Nasser.
The Ballot Is Stronger Than The Bullet
The Israeli Arabs are more motivated to vote in this election, especially because of the growing acuteness of their socioeconomic problems, overt discrimination in job opportunities and education, and limits on building permits and neglect of infrastructure, analyses Alon Ben-Meir.
Qatar takes full ownership of Porta Nuova

25-building development valued at more than $2.2 billion.

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
Cyprus signs gas export pipeline deal with Egypt
Kuwait: oil prices have improved faster than expected
Kuwait MPs approve $116 billion development plan
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
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
 
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.
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.
Iran director Jafar Panahi wins Berlin film festival's Golden Bear
Jury president, Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky, says Panahi has overcome restrictions that had power to ‘damage soul of artist.’
Most secure way to hold savings in Turkey: In gold they trust
Gold is hugely prized in Turkey not just for ornamentation or investment by banks but as secure way for private individuals to hold their savings.
International Prize for Arabic Fiction announces 2015 shortlist
Atef Abu Saif, Jana Elhassan, Lina Huyan Elhassan, Shukri al-Mabkhout, Ahmed al-Madeeni, Hammour Ziada are announced as six authors shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.