Intriguing Opportunity and Dangers of Ground Forces in Syria
Saudi Arabia’s potential ground action in Syria is important if it reflects a willingness among major regional powers to do what is needed to break up ISIS’ territorial base in northern Syria and Iraq, notes Rami G. Khouri.
Flint and Gaza: Water Crises of Colonialism
Both in Flint and in Gaza, people are suffering from lack of clean water. In both places, the ultimate crisis is a crisis of democracy and full citizenship, says Juan Cole.
How Can a Two-state Solution Calm our Troubled Region?
The absence of this crucial legality and equity in the lives of hundreds of millions of Arabs finally led our Middle East region to its present violent and fracturing condition, which plagues other countries in the form of illegal migrants, terrorism, and waking up the once buried ghosts of xenophobic, fascistic, and Islamophobic hatreds in some Western societies, writes Rami G. Khouri.
Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option: One Way to Change the Discourse about the World’s 60 Million Refugees
The most reliable empirical studies of refugee movements suggest that the primary cause of flight is violence—not economic opportunity. Mainly, refugees are fleeing war in hopes of landing in a less violent situation, say Erica Chenoweth and Hakim Young.
Why is the US Helping to Fight the Kurds?
The Rojava Kurds have achieved something unparalleled almost anywhere else in the world: the creation of a stateless, religiously tolerant, pluralistic, anticapitalist, ecological, egalitarian society, argues Debbie Bookchin.
‘Cut-out’ Anti-Drone Protest Brings Arrests
The US government’s lethal drone program continues to spark protests from anti-war activists, including a novel “blockade” outside upstate New York’s Hancock air base where a dozen protesters arrayed life-size cut-outs of the late anti-war activist Jerry Berrigan and faced arrest.
Oil prices slide as hopes of output cut fade

Prices saw a hopeful rebound in Asian trading hours on Monday as producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela held talks.

Oil prices rebound on news of Saudi-Venezuela talks
Air Arabia net profit falls to $144.69 million in 2015
Israel looks to exploit potential gas reserves with pipeline projects
Emaar Malls' annual profit surges 23% in 2015
Iran carmaker reveals 427 million euros in Peugeot perks
Kuwait bourse surges on Americana sale news
Net profits of Dubai property giant rise 19% to $1.19 billion
Price collapse taking its toll on oil producers’ budgets
48 poets compete in Million’s Poet contest

Bedouin challenge for AED 15 millions of this year's Millions' Poet competition will start on February 9 among 47 men, one woman.

Dubai to become home to largest library in Arab world
Ancient boat unearthed in Egypt near pyramids
Nude sculptures go veiled on Rouhani’s visit to Rome museum
Musical tradition by Tuareg women makes comeback in Algeria
Syrian orchestra to reunite for London concert
Erdogan biopic to hit Turkish screens
Paul Starkey wins 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
Refugees at heart of next Berlin film festival
 
48 poets compete in Million’s Poet contest
Bedouin challenge for AED 15 millions of this year's Millions' Poet competition will start on February 9 among 47 men, one woman.
Zaha Hadid awarded Britain's Royal Gold Medal
Iraqi-British architectis first individual woman to win Britain's Royal Gold Medal after her selection was personally approved by Queen Elizabeth II.
Pakistan launches T20 League in UAE amid hopes to boost revenues
Long-awaited first edition of Pakistan Super League follows two previous attempts that fell through over lack of sponsorship.
Mark Cavendish prepares to defend Dubai crown
Cavendish will have to battle with likes of German Marcel Kittel if he is to get off the mark for the season.
Skiing in occupied Golan Heights: Fun on one side, war on the other!
On clear days, Damascus is visible from top of ski lift 2,200 metres above sea level in Golan Heights where tourists reapply their sunscreen.
Dubai to become home to largest library in Arab world
Mohammed bin Rashid Library aspires to preserve Emirati culture, promote Arabic language, and publish new titles.
Kremerata Baltica returns to Abu Dhabi
Violinist Gidon Kremer comes back to Abu Dhabi with Kremerata Baltica for two concerts as part of Abu Dhabi Classics international concert season.
Ex-FIFA official faces court over Qatar ‘cancer’ remark
Theo Zwanziger is due in court over comments he made last year, claiming Qatar is ‘cancer of world football.’
Subtle policy changes could reinforce Qatari focus on sports
Notion of progress towards labour reform after five years of promises is fuelled by suggestions that cabinet reshuffle is a first step towards political liberalization.
Phone app contest for Syrian children in Norway
Competition to develop smartphone app aims to help Syrian children who are unable to attend school because of war build basic Arabic literacy skills.
Documentary on radical Islam sparks debate in France
‘Salafists’ mostly focuses on extremism in Sahel region of North Africa and is filmed in Mali, Tunisia, Mauritania and Algeria between 2012 and 2015.
Dubai sees number of visitors surge by 7.5% in 2015
Rise comes despite slowing economic growth in many markets and strong exchange rate of dirham against euro and other currencies.