The Missing Logic of Russia-gate
Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian “hacking” of the presidential election, but logic is often missing, says Robert Parry.
Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths
Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on “regime change” in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.
Note to Abbas: Independence comes before despotism
Sometimes leaders who have made sacrifices serving an honour­able cause tarnish their image after getting drunk with power, describes Mamoon Alabbasi.
Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths
Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on “regime change” in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.
How Trump’s Tweets Affect Relations with Iran
Trump administration’s modus operandi has been to deflect one potential crisis by creating another, says Claude Salhani.
The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow
The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more “regime change” wars, reports Robert Parry.
IEA says full impact of OPEC oil cuts will take time to be felt

International Energy Agency says it is unclear at this stage whether OPEC will extend its six-month supply pact to end of 2017.

Haftar's forces recapture Libyan oil terminals
Saudi Arabia 'committed' to oil market stability
LafargeHolcim made deals with armed groups to keep Syria plant going
Riyadh laying groundwork for Aramco IPO
Investors wary of Egypt return despite reforms
Saudi petroleum giant SABIC's net profits fall in 2016
Russian, Libyan state oil giants sign deal
China oil giant signs $1.77 billion Abu Dhabi deal
Tech-savvy Beirut to become regional gateway
Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

'Walled off Hotel' next to Israel's apartheid wall, decorated by secretive British street artist, 'nearly totally booked for the next three months'.

Saudi film fest head wants govt investment in cinema
Vogue Arabia adds perspective on women’s veil
Cairo festival brings recognition to women film-makers
New film fights ISIS’s ideology through comedy
Fighting jihad with culture in Tunisia's impoverished mountains
IS withdraws from Syria's Palmyra
Palmyra busts returned to Syria after restoration in Italy
Geologists demand return of Moroccan 'Nessie'
 
Shrine at Jesus’s tomb restored to former glory
Shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City allegedly containing Jesus’s tomb restored after being discoloured by centuries of candle smoke, visiting pilgrims.
Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
Dubai completes second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park, as part of plan to generate three-quarters of its energy from renewables by 2050.
Iran 'affection' leaves thousands of men in jail
Thousands of Iranian men face ruin, prison from 'mehrieh' (affection) system in which husbands agree to pay certain number of gold coins in event of divorce.
Saudi film fest head wants govt investment in cinema
AlMulla says local talent needs to be trained, with government support in bid to encourage entertainment.
Saving Nineveh and Nimrud from ISIS
ISIS destruction of Iraq’s archaeological treasures is seen in part as strategy of demoralising communities that fell under terror group’s control.
Vogue Arabia adds perspective on women’s veil
Inaugural cover of Vogue Arabia edited by Saudi Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz challenges readers, observers to reorient perceptions.
Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss
Climate study finds that humans are responsible for 50-70 percent of decline in Arctic sea ice since 1979.
Israeli baseball success takes everyone by surprise
Most players in 'national' team do not play in Israel, but are American Jews eligible for citizenship under Israeli law.
Three decades later, Saudis get their first concert
Tickets sold out in 30 minutes for long-awaited concert music in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia has cautiously begun introducing entertainment.
Pained writings on the wall of former IS prison
Since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011, tens of thousands of people have been detained by warring forces, many of their fates unknown to this day.
Mosul church turned into IS religious police base
Chaldean Catholic church was important office for IS authorities tasked with making sure Mosul residents had beard, wore short robes, followed their extremist convictions.
Iran female biker a symbol of shifting social norms
Shafiei has realised her dream of becoming professional biker despite living in country where she is not allowed to ride on public roads.