Rouhani’s Hollow Year
While it is true that some aspects of Iran’s economy are doing better under Rouhani than Ahmadinejad, this does not warrant a carte blanche statement to say “Iran is back!”, argues Omid Irani.
From Biblical Wars to Justice for All
This round of attacks by Israelis and Palestinians may prove to be most significant for pushing all concerned to seek a permanent resolution of this conflict, rather than letting it fester in 19th Century colonial mode, says Rami G. Khouri.
The Washington Post Fails in Gaza
This is the way the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been presented— the Israelis are real people whom you can see and know, as individual stories, versus an amorphous Palestinian mass, whom you do not know and with whom you cannot identify, reports James Zogby.
The Black Hole of US Government Contracting
The US government relies on corporate contracts with companies like Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR) and CACI international. These corporations can do almost anything and still keep government contracts worth billions of dollars, writes Danielle Marie Mackey.
US Complicity in Israel’s Crimes
Virtually the entire US news media and almost every national politician bends to the desires of Israel’s government regardless of its behavior, a reality that enables the persecution and even slaughter of Palestinians, writes ex-Congressman Paul Findley.
Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question
Israel claims its latest slaughter of Gazans is justified as self-defense because some militants are firing poorly aimed rockets into Israel. But that leaves out the moral context of Israel’s seizure of Palestinian land and its harsh blockade of the 1.7 million people locked in the tiny Gaza Strip, says theologian Daniel C. Maguire.
Emirates airline to avoid flying over Iraq

Dubai-based airline’s president says Emirates will not fly over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following MH17 air disaster.

Algeria President sacks CEO of energy company Sonatrach
UAE's du telecom’s Q2 profits soar
Etihad helps Jet Airways return to profit
Syria oil industry suffers huge losses because of war
Markets keep wary eye on future of Turkey economic policymakers
Bulgaria holds talks with Oman to rescue bank
Turkey Central Bank resists vehement Erdogan pressure
Etihad CEO seeks to seal talks on Alitalia deal
Massive Attack in solidarity with Gaza children

Influential British band dedicates Lebanon gig to children in Gaza, condemns Israel’s ‘massacre’ of Palestinians.

Turkey politicians denounce calls for boycott of Jewish writer
2011 Libyan rebellion comes to Sarajevo
Nizwa gears up for 2015 cultural feast
UAE shines at Tan-Tan Moussem Festival
Nostalgia at its height: Syrian refugees recreate home in UAE
UAE, Morocco’s Sahraoui culture, heritage meet in Tan-Tan art exhibition
Abu Dhabi Festivals’ Committee unveils ‘Turathuna’
Who is going to win Million's Poet?
 
Massive Attack in solidarity with Gaza children
Influential British band dedicates Lebanon gig to children in Gaza, condemns Israel’s ‘massacre’ of Palestinians.
Emirates airline to avoid flying over Iraq
Dubai-based airline’s president says Emirates will not fly over Iraq due to concerns over jihadist missile attacks following MH17 air disaster.
Muslim Comedian wins national comedy award
Jay Islaam declared “Breakthrough Act Of The Year” awarded by FAF Comedy.
Iran flogs 5 people for eating in public during Ramadan
Chief justice in Kermanshah says ‘offenders’ ignored warnings from police and ‘ate intentionally.’
Turkey politicians denounce calls for boycott of Jewish writer
Campaign for boycott of Israeli products sparks storm of criticism after there were calls to include works by Mario Levi.
‘Islamic State’ in Iraq orders genital mutilation of all women
Female genital mutilation could affect up to four million women and girls in war-ravaged country.
Lebanon TV channels unite in support of Gaza
Unusual protest named ‘Palestine... You are not alone’ brings together networks with radically different views.
ADIHEX to organise 9th Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest 2014
AlGhanem says contest is now established as regional get-together for Saluki lovers, owners from UAE, other GCC countries.
Soccer pitches: An emerging battleground for control of Iraq
Iraqi Football Association officials say they will organise soccer matches across areas of Iraq under government control in protest against Islamic State’s targeting of players, fans.
Al Ain’s Souq Al Qattara to host eight months family-oriented event
New traditional handicrafts initiative seeks to provide job opportunities to artisans while giving UAE visitors glimpse of UAE heritage.
Migrant workers pay price again for Doha modernisation
Many left homeless as Qatar embarks on massive projects to host FIFA World Cup in 2022.
UAE enters space race
Emirati government will create space agency, send unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.