Middle East by Southwest: Rahim Alhaj

Middle East by Southwest: Rahim Alhaj

Middle East by Southwest: Rahim Alhaj Master oud player Rahim Alhaj takes the stage at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Born in Baghdad, Alhaj started playing the oud at age nine and went on to earn degrees in Arabic literature and musical composition. “Music can make us […]

US defense bill could impact arms exports to Middle East

US defense bill could impact arms exports to Middle East

The annual US defense authorization bill heading to the White House after a final Senate vote this week pits President Donald Trump’s goal of protecting American technology against his desire to boost weapons sales to the Middle East and other regions. The commander in chief has consistently advocated for US arms exports, promising a $110 […]

Pundi X Technology to Launch in the Gulf & Middle East Thanks to Partnership With ebooc

Pundi X Technology to Launch in the Gulf & Middle East Thanks to Partnership With ebooc

  Pundi X (CURRENCY: NPXS) announced on Wednesday will make its debut in the Gulf and Middle East following a partnership with fintech company, ebooc. Pundi X reported that it will work closely with ebooc on developing digital payment gateway services for governments, financial institutions and major corporates in the Gulf and Middle East as well as broader business lines such as […]

Belt and Road positive force for Middle East

Belt and Road positive force for Middle East

New business opportunities created by China’s Belt and Road Initiative have brought a pressing need for more workers. [Photo/VCG] The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, commonly known as the Belt and Road Initiative, is a grand vision for China’s engagement with roughly 70 countries that are home to two-thirds […]

Eritrea, Somalia restore relations after 15 years

Eritrea, Somalia restore relations after 15 years

After years of animosity, the presidents of Eritrea and Somalia have signed an agreement to restore relations, Al Jazeera reported today. Eritrea and Somalia are bridging the gap in relations after 15 years. “The two countries will establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors,” after a joint resolution on “brother relations” was signed in the Eritrean […]

US Spurring Instability in the Middle East

US Spurring Instability in the Middle East

Multiple Middle Eastern disputes are threatening to spill out of control. This is largely due to the changed role of the United States. Perceptions of U.S. unreliability were initially sparked by former U.S. president Barack Obama’s Middle East policies. This included his declared pivot to Asia, support of the 2011 Arab popular revolts, criticism of […]

Israel bans Gaza families from visiting detainees

Israel bans Gaza families from visiting detainees

Israeli authorities have announced a temporary suspension of all family visits from Gaza to Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons beginning today. Abd Al-Nasser Farawneh, head of the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee in the Gaza Strip, said that Israeli authorities informed the Ministry of Detainees of the decision adding that this was said to be due […]

Up the creek without a creek: What's causing the Middle East water crisis?

Up the creek without a creek: What's causing the Middle East water crisis?

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – On the banks of the Tigris River in the 25th century BC, the Sumerian city states of Lagash and Umma had a long-running dispute over a stretch of farmland between their territories.  Umma repeatedly failed to pay rent for the land it used and Lagash retaliated by diverting water upstream, ultimately […]

DEWA Energy Meter Testing Lab accredited

DEWA Energy Meter Testing Lab accredited

The Energy Meter Testing Laboratory of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has been accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) as per the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005. DEWA’s lab is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to receive this international accreditation.  HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD […]