How Close Was Israel to Bombing Iran?
Israel’s former Defense Minister Ehud Barak claims Israel was poised to bomb Iran several times in recent years but kept encountering internal government resistance. But this new report may just be part of a continuing game of geopolitical chicken,reports Gareth Porter.
The Missed Lesson on Terrorism
Whenever there’s a terrorist attack – even a botched one like last week on a Paris-bound train – the debate turns to tightened security and retaliation. But a key part of a realistic campaign to reduce terrorism is to address underlying causes that fuel the rage behind the violence, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
The Many Reasons Why Lebanese Are in the Street
Current events in Lebanon revolving around uncollected garbage are really about several different issues that have merged into one, argues Rami G. Khouri.
Bibi vs. Barack: Who owns US foreign policy?
If Netanyahu succeeds in defeating Barack’s nuclear deal with Iran, it will cast a long, dark shadow over presidential contenders and the prospects for war or peace, notes William Greider.
Maliki, Now Is Time for Accountability
Iran-dominated government of Maliki pursued sectarian policies after U.S. troops left, maltreating the Sunni minority, and worsening grievances that allowed ISIS, a Sunni extremist group, to gain a foothold, writes Heshmat Alavi.
Israelis And Palestinians Cannot Make Peace On Their Own
No Israeli government, regardless of its political makeup, will be in a position to deliver the necessary concessions, especially in connection with Jerusalem and the disposition of the settlements, argues Alon Ben-Meir.
Oil prices fall after huge rally

Investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore says investors ‘remain wary of volatile week ahead.’

Eni discovers ‘supergiant’ gas field inside Egypt territorial waters
Kuwait summons Iran envoy over disputed gas field
Gulf stocks rise after panic sell-off over oil prices
US crude oil tumbles to lowest level since 2009 in opening trade
Like others in Europe, Ukraine wants to improve ties with Iran
Fire forces Kuwait's third-largest refinery shutdown
Emirates launch longest flight to Panama
OPEC raises oil demand forecast despite bearish markets
Israel unveils Roman-era sarcophagus

Ancient sarcophagus found in coastal city of Ashkelon, once part of the Roman province 'Syria Palaestina'.

Iran film premieres about prophet postponed
“Bla Cinima” from cultural debate to daily struggle of Algerians
Award winning “La Fièvre” screened at Locarno Film Festival
Omar Sharif passes away, aged 83
Court awards rare Kafka papers to National Library of Israel
Turkish sculptor risks prison for 'insulting' Erdogan
Egyptian shroud to go under hammer in Paris
UAE brings its falconry expertise to Morocco’s Lekouassem Festival
 
Egypt billionaire to buy island for migrants
Sawiris will approach governments of Greece, Italy about his plan.
Iran arrests merchants for selling US, British flag clothing
Garments imprinted with ‘Satanic symbols’ were also seized.
Syria regime inaugurates park to honour North Korea founder
North Korea's ambassador to Syria says park is ‘an expression of respect and love’ that Syria has for Kim Il-Sung.
High sea temperatures threaten Qatar coral reef
New study reveals that water temperatures during fierce Gulf summer have passed 6 degrees celsius (97 farenheit).
Egypt suspends muezzin over Facebook mention in prayer call
Muezzin is accused of intoning ‘Prayer is better than Facebook’ in his early morning call for people to pray.
SZBA concludes first round of selection
New members introduced to Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s first reading panel meetings in Abu Dhabi ahead of selection nomination for its tenth edition.
Iran award-winning director defends religious epic ‘Muhammad’
‘Muhammad’, which is partially state funded, is being released on anniversary of birth of the eighth imam of Shiite Islam, Reza.
After beatings in Libya, young migrant dies on eve of Italy arrival
Somalian who survived beatings and forced labour in Libya dies on final stretch of his journey to Europe.
Journalist Zaina Erhaim gets Mackler award for 'courageous journalism'
Prize from Reporters Without Borders and Agence France-Presse is awarded to Zaina Erhaim, who lives and works in Aleppo, Syria.
No more prison for Iranian men who fail to pay dowry
Following passage of new law, husbands will no longer face jail for failing to pay dowries that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
‘Street workout’ draws onlookers at Gaza beach
Young Palestinians enjoy urban bodybuilding in Gaza even if streets are ill-equipped to accommodate sport.
“Bla Cinima” from cultural debate to daily struggle of Algerians
Ammar-Khodja's documentary film finds similarity between renovated cinema in Algiers with political situation in Algeria.