Welcome to the Middle East's Napoleonic Era

Welcome to the Middle East's Napoleonic Era

The recent coordinated bombing on the Syrian regime by America, Britain, and France—three nations that have struggled to achieve common strategic objectives in the Middle East—was not only remarkable for who took part, but also for who did not. Where were the Arab states? Nowhere to be found, because these nations are caught in a […]

Senior Iranian general denies country's troops will leave Syria

Senior Iranian general denies country's troops will leave Syria

A man carries a giant flag made of flags of Iran, Palestine, Syria and Hezbollah, during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Feburary 2016. (photo credit: RAHEB HOMAVANDI/REUTERS) A senior Iranian general has denied reports that Iranian forces will withdraw from Syria, saying that they, unlike the […]

Profit per room plunges at Middle East, Africa hotels in April

Profit per room plunges at Middle East, Africa hotels in April

Profit per room at hotels in the Middle East and Africa dropped 12.1 percent year-on-year in April 2018 as revenue levels crashed on the back of plummeting achieved average room rate, according to the latest data from HotStats.   Properties in the region were hit hard in April by a 12.1-percent decline in gross operating profit […]

The Myth of America's Middle East Malfeasance

The Myth of America's Middle East Malfeasance

According to a pervasive academic narrative, many journalists, and the rhetoric of the Obama administration, the woes of the Middle East since World War II have been shaped by wrongheaded and even disastrous American meddling. George Simpson, Jr. argues that this is all wrong, bringing evidence from the U.S. role in the creation of Israel, […]

Russia's Middle East Strategy Explained

Russia's Middle East Strategy Explained

Nowhere has Russia’s resurgent power been more on display than in the Middle East, where Moscow has undeniably matched, and some would say, outstripped Washington in areas concerning diplomacy, defence, and energy. An unusual coming together of circumstances has reinvigorated Russia’s Middle East policy. Providing this country, with an impressive array of possibilities mostly associated […]

Saudi Arabia says it released eight people in activist crackdown

Saudi Arabia says it released eight people in activist crackdown

Saudi woman with Lebanese driving instructor test-drives car during automotive exhibition for women in Riyadh in May, prior to women being allowed to drive later in June (AFP/file photo) Saudi Arabia temporarily released eight people accused of communicating with organisations opposed to the kingdom and held nine others in detention, state news agency SPA reported […]

BTS make Middle East record on Anghami

BTS make Middle East record on Anghami

Their album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ is currently placed at No. 1 on the UAE iTunes Top Album chart BTS may have taken over the American music market, but they are also making their mark in the Middle East. The record-breaking boy group have reached over 25 million plays on Anghami, making them the only Korean […]

US vetoes UN measure to protect Palestinians

US vetoes UN measure to protect Palestinians

At least 122 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests erupted in Gaza in late March (AFP) The United States vetoed on Friday a Kuwait-drafted UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians, criticizing it as a “grossly one-sided” view that failed to blame Hamas for the recent […]

Tunisia thwarts attack near border with Algeria

Tunisia thwarts attack near border with Algeria

The Tunisian National Guards foiled an attempted attack against a national guards border post near its frontier with Algeria, the interior ministry said in a statement yesterday. “The National Guards in the province of Kasserine, 600 metres from the Tunisian-Algerian border, have thwarted a terrorist attack by six to eight militants divided into two groups,” […]

Tunisia facing looming political crisis

Tunisia facing looming political crisis

A dispute between Tunisia’s Ennahda movement and the Nida Tounes party on one hand and the unity government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on the other threatens to plunge Tunisia into a fresh crisis, according to Burhan Besis, political affairs chief for Nida Tounes. Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Thursday, Besis discussed the political crisis […]