Publish, Punish, and Pardon
Pratap Chatterjee makes clear today, at least lift the all-enveloping veil of secrecy around the national security state and let the American public know just what has been done in Americans’ name in these years and what exactly is about to be handed over to his edgy successor.
Moving Beyond Black-and-White Trumpisms
When we consume fiction, we put down our shield of defences and accusations, and we allow ourselves to be immersed, to see and hear and listen, writes Jemma Wayne Kattan.
Official Washington’s ‘Info-Wars’
Organs of Official Washington, such as the State Department and The Washington Post, are becoming unhinged over their weakening grip on the narratives that the people are supposed to believe, as William Blum explains.
How Clean Energy Can Create Jobs
If President-elect Trump truly intends to “make America great again,” a promising route is to encourage major investment in clean-energy jobs that can both rebuild manufacturing centers and help the environment, writes Sam Parry.
Relying on Unreliable Syrian Sources
When the mainstream U.S. media reports on Syria, it relies heavily on pro-rebel activists, including members of the White Helmets who have supplied false or dubious claims at key junctures of the war, reports Gareth Porter for Alternet.
We Do Not Need More Feel-good, Zero-impact Policies
Statements, parameters, and international recognitions on paper are always welcomed, but they have had zero impact in the past century of this conflict. Any moves in this direction should ponder this reality and change it, argues Rami G. Khouri.
Turkey seeks trade in local currencies to strengthen lira

Erdogan says his country is moving towards allowing trade with Russia, China and Iran to be conducted in local currencies.

OPEC output deal boosts Iran budget
Egypt raises tariffs on some imported goods
Nigeria and Morocco agree joint venture to link Africa to Europe
Erdogan urges Turks to convert currencies to lira
OPEC output cut boosts oil price
Plunging lira buffeted by fears over Turkey's economic performance
Tunisia gets strong pledges to revive ailing economy
Qatar emir pledges $1.25 bn to support Tunisia economy
Louvre could house threatened treasures from Iraq, Syria

French President Francois Hollande says precious items could be kept at conservation facility due to open in 2019.

Ancient treasures unveiled at Lebanon's national museum
Tangier hosts fourth edition of Europe Orient Documentary Film Festival
Lebanon slaps ban on three films at international festival
Iraq marshlands named UNESCO world heritage site
Muhammad Ali's family prepares funeral
Cannes spotlight on Iranian cinema
Palestinian museum to open without exhibition
Peshmerga documentary makes late entry in Cannes
 
Egypt toughens penalties for female genital mutilation
Health ministry officials will monitor and oversee clinics and private hospitals to enforce anti-FGM law.
Gazans hope new Coke plant will revitalise economy
First Coca-Cola plant seen as rare positive moment for ailing economy in Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
Alwaleed calls for urgent end to driving ban on Saudi women
Outspoken Saudi billionaire tweets: Stop the debate: Time for women to drive.
Riyadh Motor Show back after three-year absence
Return of motor show has given some hope to car retailers experiencing drop in sales following widespread austerity in Saudi Arabia.
Palestinian start-ups defy unique challenges
Online start-ups avoid many of frustrations for other companies run from Israel-occupied Palestinian territory.
Iraqis near Mosul savour market life once again
New signs of old life are visible in areas close to front line around Mosul and formerly under control of IS extremists.
After hell under ISIS, displaced Iraqis face winter cold
With fighting raging inside Mosul, early winter and sub-zero temperatures bring added challenge.
Al Ain hosts 3rd National Traditional Handicrafts Festival
Festival includes multiple sections, pavilions highlighting authentic culture, heritage of Emirati city of Al Ain.
Swimmers cross shrinking Dead Sea
Charity event sees swimmers travel across the Dead Sea to raise awareness; experts believe degrading sea could dry out by 2050.
Iraqi Christians recall life in the 'caliphate'
Some Iraqi Christians were unable to flee when jihadists swept into their town demanding they either leave, pay tax or die.
Nearly flat CO2 emissions level not enough to save climate
Study finds CO2 emissions must do more than level off for world's nations to make true on the global pact to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius.
Will more relaxed rules attract tourists to Iran resort island?
Even though Islamic rules are less strict on Kish, they are still in force -- creating major obstacle for investors.