Trump’s Foreign Policy: Retreat or Rout?
With President Trump’s foreign-policy team sounding a lot like President Obama’s, the new question is whether Trump has caved in to Official Washington’s powers-that-be or is biding his time for a big move, asks Gilbert Doctorow.
Trump’s ‘One-Night Stand’ Diplomacy
Despite his reputation as a deal-maker, President Trump’s first foray into the thicket of Israel-Palestine peace talks suggests he has no clue what direction to take or the long-term consequences, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Dealing with Fake News
One might ask whether fake news really is blurring facts fit to print and tweet, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.
Trump’s Dysfunctional White House
In less than a month, President Trump has proven many of his critics right when they warned that his erratic temperament would be a poor fit for his White House responsibilities, notes Lawrence Davidson.
The Sound of Justice’s Rushing Waters is what Really Counts
We should wait and see whether this new American administration follows all the others before it in recognizing that a two-state solution that offers Israel and Palestine equal rights is the best way to resolve this long-running conflict, says Rami G. Khouri.
The US-Arab Relationship in the "Age of Trump"
It would be a grave error for the Turmp Administration to fail to understand the connection between how they treat and are perceived to treat Arab and Muslim peoples and their ability to achieve their broader policy objectives in the Middle East, warns James J. Zogby.
China oil giant signs $1.77 billion Abu Dhabi deal

China National Petroleum Corporation signs deal with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for 8% stake in onshore oil concession.

Tech-savvy Beirut to become regional gateway
Oman expects further output cuts from non-OPEC countries
Electric car manufacturer Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
OPEC countries complying ‘almost fully’ with output cut
Air Arabia announces first quarterly loss
OPEC president says oil market 'responding positively' to output cut
Saudi Arabia ready to implement VAT
Emirates adjusts flight crews for flights to US
British Museum training Iraqi archaeologists to save heritage

London museum, one of world's leading institutions in study of ancient Iraq, is training Iraqi experts in high-tech methods to preserve, document their history.

Prince of Poets returns to Al Raha Beach theatre
Avant-garde mosque preaches coexistence in Lebanon
Gates of the Medina offer view of Tunis's history and architecture
Tradition celebrated at Emirati desert festival
IS demolishes two more monuments in Palmyra
American Arabesque celebrated in Virginia
US claims antiquities looted by IS to block their resale
Louvre could house threatened treasures from Iraq, Syria
 
Film on Palestinians living in Israel faces backlash
Arab director Maysaloun Hamoud says 'neither Israelis nor Palestinians' should 'feel good' after watching her controversial film.
Mapping a Palestinian camp in Lebanon
Burj al-Shamali's Palestinian refugee residents raised more than $16,000 in crowd-funding to finance community-led project to map their camp.
Bashiqa brings back booze to clear IS hangover
Known for its ethnic, religious diversity, Bashiqa was also considered Iraqi alcohol capital (of sorts) before IS swept in to take control in 2014.
Valentine's Day in eastern Mosul
Area of Iraq's Mosul from which Islamic State jihadists have been expelled sees celebration of 'love for our liberated city'.
Saudi ready to host Comic-Con event
Islamic Kingdom’s first Comic-Con to be held this week as Hollywood’s Marvel studio characters come to life in video gaming, film-related event loved by thousands.
With apps' help, books sold on wheels in Cairo
Books Bike offers variety ranging from thrillers, his­torical novels to classics, self-development books in Ara­bic and English.
Study finds climate change impact on animals 'under-appreciated'
Nearly half of endangered land mammals, quarter of birds already harmed by climate change, with primates and elephants among groups squeezed hardest.
Free hairdos boost confidence of displaced Iraqi women
In small room within refugee camp near Mosul, beautician Chnoor Khezri uses brushes, scissors to give displaced Iraqi women some fresh confidence.
Morocco grows into international cultural magnet
North African kingdom is witnessing cultural boom thanks to its renowned international festivals, large projects launched by King Mohammed VI.
Etihad museum tells history of UAE’s formation
External façade of muse­um is in form of folded manu­script supported internally by gold­en columns, representing fountain pens symbolising seven Emir­ates.
Book Review: Future of US Policy in The Middle East
‘Ike’s Gamble’ by Michael Doran presents correlations between Eisenhower’s erroneous Middle East policy, Obama’s support to Iran.
Syrian artist’s bus installation angers Germany’s far-right
Syrian Halbouni erects mega art installation of three passenger buses placed vertically in Dresden as ‘peace memorial’, but country's far-right deem it 'idiotic'.