The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open
But faced with this art from Guantánamo, ekphrasis seemed somehow inappropriate. These artists are still alive, even if entombed. Their artworks are as they intended them, not the fragmentary remains of some past world that needs a framework of interpretation, writes Erin Thompson.
Franken’s Opportunism on the Iraq War
Sen. (and former comedian) Al Franken was a rising Democratic Party star before sexual harassment allegations brought him down to earth, but was he really ever a progressive hero, asks William Blum at Anti-Empire Report.
Russia Still Calling the Shots on Syria
While Assad’s removal was mentioned as a goal, rather than a precondition of the talks, that clearly was not enough for Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, notes Sami Moubayed.
Sufism’s Tragedy is How Imperfectly it is Understood Today
Sufis have been under attack from Islamist extremists for long enough to erase the memory of their having been an integral part of the faith, explains Rashmee Roshan Lall.
Zarrab Case Points to Reach of Corruption in Erdogan’s Close Circle
The pragmatist in Ergodan may, at some time, sacrifice some of his former ministers and dispatch them to face international justice, says Yavuz Baydar.
Netanyahu Ditches US Jews for alliance with Christian Evangelicals and the Alt-right
Netanyahu’s demographic predictions may turn out to be faulty, but they are clearly now driving his policy towards liberal Jews at home and abroad, observes Jonathan Cook.
$300-billion Saudi state sell-off moves at snail's pace

Banks, investors, analysts cite problems such as heavy bureaucracy, inadequate legal framework, frequent changes of priority in government departments, fatigue among investors.

UAE hopeful of OPEC deal on extending production cap
OPEC set for tougher than expected policy talks
Egypt economy likely to remain unshaken by Sinai attack
Israel court injunction halt Uber services
Iraq opens bids for oil, gas blocks in new areas
Israeli pharmaceutical giant set for major layoffs
Morocco bans bitcoin transactions
Abu Dhabi extends concession at major oilfield
Saudi crown prince ‘bought’ $450 mn Da Vinci

Wall Street Journal reports Prince Mohammed used intermediary to buy much-sought-after painting of Christ “Salvator Mundi.”

Hiba Tawaji dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert
Da Vinci sold for $450 mn heading to Louvre Abu Dhabi
Istanbul district bans gay film festival
Abjjad, the Arab world’s first virtual reading space
Egypt pop diva faces trial for disparaging Nile river
51 years on, Carthage Film Festival still popular
Dekkak: Ibn Battuta is a symbol of peace and tolerance
Unique insights into UAE’s hidden treasures put on display
Da Vinci sold for $450 mn heading to Louvre Abu Dhabi
UAE museum tweets Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is coming to Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Award-winning Syrian teen pleads for 'a chance to prove ourselves'
Mohamad al-Jounde says he hopes Syrians will be treated 'as normal people, not as refugees or immigrants.'
Squash proves unusual godsend for displaced Syrian girl
Young Syrian girl living in Jordan camp picks up squash racquet thanks to US charity, dreams of becoming world champion.
Hanaa Malallah, one of Baghdad’s foremost artists exhibits in London
The exhibition features four of Malallah’s self-portraits from 1989 revealing an intelligent, probing and perhaps a tragic person.
Comic art, performance to reshape entertainment scene in Saudi Arabia
“The aim is to promote Saudi cultural identity through the varied and meaningful com­edy arts and seize this chance to present the young talents and develop creative abili­ties”
Jerusalem builds underground cemetery to meet demand
Jewish belief that resurrection of dead will commence in Jerusalem during end of times is big challenge for city’s burial societies who are now looking underground.
In Jerusalem, Muslim keeps key to Jesus' tomb
Centuries ago, the imposing iron key to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was entrusted to one of Jerusalem's most prominent Muslim families.
Istanbul anglers remember when fish were plenty
Sight of thousands of amateur anglers crammed shoulder-to-shoulder on Galata Bridge is, for many, one of the iconic images of Istanbul.
Saudi names Pizzi to lead them at World Cup
Saudi Arabia names former Chile coach Pizzi as third coach in three months to lead them at summer’s World Cup having sacked Bauza last week.
Dervish troupe preserves Sufi tradition in Egypt
The rite of dance, chant of Sufi poems and music help the Mawlawis get closer to God.
Baghdad art exhibit a breath of fresh air for Iraqis
Exhibition at Hiwar gallery - one of last to remain open in Baghdad - includes works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall.
Palestinian refugees see fashion products hit international shelves
300 women at Jerash Camp in occupied West Bank employed at work shop producing embroidered products destined for Paris, London boutiques.