The issues this week’s terror menu raises
Identifying more honestly the combination of reasons that drive ordinary citizens into the arms of killers has stumped Arab and Western authorities for decades, though any Arab teenager could probably explain in five minutes what ails them, and channels some of them into criminal acts, points out Rami G. Khouri.
Selective Outrage on ‘Terrorism’
America’s view of “terrorism” is distorted by politics and bias, with intense hostility toward the Islamic variety but with much more tolerance of other forms, such as Cuban “anti-communist” violence and right-wing extremist murders, as underscored by a new study examined by ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Shedding Imperial Conceit
Self-awareness doesn't silence us, rather it challenges us to modify the approach we use and the tone we take in speaking about contemporary horrors, writes Jim Zogby.
Can Tunisia’s democracy survive terrorism?
Many radicals come from the impoverished villages in the west and south of the country, in the prosperity of which the Tunis elites have shown little interest, or from the slums of Tadamun in Tunis itself. In working-class and slum districts of the capital, Salafi puritanism plays a role similar to that of evangelical Christianity in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, writes Juan Cole.
America’s Got War
Radical Islam has drawn strength from these American-led “wars.” Indeed, radical Islamists cite the intrusive and apparently permanent presence of American troops and bases in the Middle East and Central Asia as confirmation of their belief that US forces are leading a crusade against them -- and by extension against Islam itself, stresses William J. Astore.
Are Leftist, Feminist Kurds about to Deliver the Coup de Grâce to ISIL in Syria?
If the successes of the YPG continue, we could see the faux caliph, icon of the Muslim far, far right, ignominiously chased from his very capital by feminist socialists, reports Juan Cole.
Syria pistachio production plunges 50% in 2014

Agriculture Ministry says slump is both the result of the ongoing conflict and frosty conditions last winter.

Tunisia attack set to wipe $500 million off economy
France, Saudi Arabia negotiate projects worth billions
ARCADIS wins design work for new Doha metro system
Qatar construction boom proves a challenge for foreign firms
Algeria oil exports plunge 45% in first five months of 2015
UAE property market set to decline
Qatar gas reserves 'to last 138 years' on current output rates
Jordan pays the price as regional conflicts scare away tourists
Turkish sculptor risks prison for 'insulting' Erdogan

Prosecutors are seeking 56 months in prison for Aksoy for implying Turkish President’s earnings were illegitimate, allegation he denies.

Egyptian shroud to go under hammer in Paris
UAE brings its falconry expertise to Morocco’s Lekouassem Festival
Morocco's Mawazine festival opens to record crowds
Director 'shocked' at Morocco’s prostitution film ban
Egypt acting legend diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
The ancient pearl of the Syrian desert
Rooftop gardens link Palestinians to land lost in Nakba
Syria artist brings civil war portraits to London
Tennis star urges tourists to stand with Tunisia against terrorism
Africa's second-best player, Malek Jaziri, says extremists are trying to kill country's democracy and economy.
Iran judiciary chief reignites cultural row over concerts
Music and other public performances are a sensitive matter in Islamic republic given concerns among religious conservatives about creeping ‘Westernisation.’
Football cheers replace gunfire echoes in Tripoli
Football offers joy this Ramadan in charity-organised tournament in Libyan capital aimed at giving Libyans a break from relentless conflict.
Education in “Darija” divides Moroccans amid deteriorating system
Some argue teaching in Moroccan dialect will help resolve education crisis while others say it will only destroy classical Arabic, plunge education into the abyss.
Sheikh Zayed Book Award receives 150 nominations to date
“Literature”, “Literary and Art Criticism” categories lead entries for SZBA’s nine categories.
IS destroy ancient mausoleums in Palmyra
Tombs of residents as well as ancient mausoleums of Mohammed Bin Ali and Nizar Abu Bahaeddine destroyed as jihadists lay mines in ancient site.
Arab League condemns ‘hateful campaign’ against Qatar
League's General Assembly declares its ‘full support’ for Qatar's hosting of World Cup, which will be first tournament held in Arab country.
Iran female VP scolds hardliners over volleyball ban
Shahindokht Molaverdi launches furious attack on groups who said they would spill blood if women were allowed into stadium.
How much did Qatar pay to present bid for 2022 World Cup?
AFC president Issa Hayatou says Qatar paid African Football Confederation $1.8 million to be able to present its bid for 2022 World Cup.
Ramadan ‘prestige thing’ in London: Before fast comes shopping frenzy!
Thousands of wealthy Arabs descend on British capital in weeks before and after Muslim fasting month, packing hotels and fuelling shopping frenzy.
No general admission for Iran women at international volleyball matches
Iran warns any gathering or protest against female admission will be illegal, noting that general policy is still under review.
Egyptian shroud to go under hammer in Paris
Rare ancient Egyptian burial cloth more than 3,000 years old will be auctioned in French capital as price estimate is difficult to be set.