The Middle East in Trump's Wake

The Middle East in Trump's Wake

by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding the region has come to pass. In fact, the Middle East today is worse than […]

Middle East bunkers provide safe port in IMO 2020 storm

Middle East bunkers provide safe port in IMO 2020 storm

Shipping fuel markets are facing a historic shakeup. A new global sulphur cap at the start of 2020 will force most vessel owners to switch from burning fuel oil to more expensive, cleaner alternatives. But as the deadline approaches, few are ready for the shift The decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in October […]

Houthis defiant as battleships pound Yemen's Hodeidah port

Houthis defiant as battleships pound Yemen's Hodeidah port

Tribal fighters loyal to the Yemeni government in al-Faza near Hodeidah on 1 June 2018 (Reuters) Saudi and Emirati-backed forces began an offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah early on Wednesday, despite warnings from Western governments and international aid groups about the catastrophic effect the battle could have on humanitarian conditions in the […]

Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Palestinian cultural groups and journalists are urging a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be hosted by Israel, in a new statement published Tuesday. The statement, signed by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and network of Palestinian cultural organizations, “call on members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), participating states, contestants and the wider […]

Saudi recruits female border guards

Saudi recruits female border guards

The General Border Guard Directorate in Saudi Arabia is accepting women for the post of “security inspection officer” along its borders. In a statement, the directorate informed that applications for these vacant military posts at the rank of “security inspection soldier” in the areas of Riyadh, Jazan, Mecca, the northern border, Tabuk, Sharqiyah, Asir, Najran, […]

Egypt to announce higher electricity prices on Tuesday

Egypt to announce higher electricity prices on Tuesday

Egypt will announce new electricity prices on Tuesday, state news agency MENA reported on Monday, as part of subsidy cuts tied to the country’s $12 billion IMF loan programme. The new prices will take effect in July and will be announced at a press conference held by the minister of electricity, MENA reported. The government has […]

Jordan, the Only Democracy in the Middle East

Jordan, the Only Democracy in the Middle East

Hundreds of thousands of Jordanians have thronged the streets of Amman and other cities of the Hashemite kingdom in heated demonstrations. As I write this, not a single Jordanian protester’s knee has been broken, either before being arrested or after, if there have been arrests at all. Not a single mayor has criticized demonstrators from […]

Lebanon installs e-gates at Palestinian refugee camp

Lebanon installs e-gates at Palestinian refugee camp

The Lebanese army has installed electronic gates at the entrances to the Palestinian Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, residents say according to a report by The New Arab. The gates, which are placed at four main entrances and smaller exit points, are the latest measure to ramp up security at the Palestinian refugee camp. In 2016, […]

Yemen rebel fire kills three civilians in Saudi, coalition says

Yemen rebel fire kills three civilians in Saudi, coalition says

Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a “projectile” at the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan, killing three civilians on Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition said. “The terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia has targeted civilians with a projectile” killing three in Jazan, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Malki, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, did not identify the […]

Forty years of Orientalism, an eternity to go

Forty years of Orientalism, an eternity to go

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward Said’s celebrated text Orientalism, in which he explored various interconnected meanings of the term in question, such as “Orientalism as a Western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient”. In the preface to the 25th anniversary edition of the book, published […]