Egypt: Is There Any Chance For Renaissance Without Freedom?
Egypt chooses the renaissance icon as a welcoming message to the world, while the freedom is trampled underfoot every day, notes Yasser Khalil.
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction
There are nightly explosions and gunfire, assassinations and kidnappings. Approximately 200 people across Iraq have been killed each day in this month alone, writes Cathy Breen.
Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Microcosm
Turkish soccer player Alpaslan Ozturk's decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China's ties to Turkey, writes James M. Dorsey.
The Superpower Conundrum
For the first time, it seemed, the world was facing some kind of power glut. It’s at least reasonable to assume that, in the years after the Cold War standoff ended, that reality somehow seeped from the nuclear arena into the rest of warfare, notes Tom Engelhardt.
Why The EU Should Be Tough on Somaliland’s Unpopular Regime?
Unless the region and the EU should cut all indirect diplomatic ties and withdraw carrots to bomb them back to the accord co-signed by all, Somaliland insane ruling party won’t make concessions in order to keep the country intact, argues Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye.
The Conflict in Washington Over Who Should Lead America’s Enemies List
In a world that, from the point of view of official Washington, is only getting darker, Nixon-era enemies (China and Russia) are also returning to the fray, and so Washington’s new, twenty-first century “enemies list” is the focus of Michael Klare’s latest offering.
Syria pistachio production plunges 50% in 2014

Agriculture Ministry says slump is both the result of the ongoing conflict and frosty conditions last winter.

Tunisia attack set to wipe $500 million off economy
France, Saudi Arabia negotiate projects worth billions
ARCADIS wins design work for new Doha metro system
Qatar construction boom proves a challenge for foreign firms
Algeria oil exports plunge 45% in first five months of 2015
UAE property market set to decline
Qatar gas reserves 'to last 138 years' on current output rates
Jordan pays the price as regional conflicts scare away tourists
Court awards rare Kafka papers to National Library of Israel

After a dramatic 39-year legal battle, an Israeli family has been ordered to hand over a collection of manuscripts written by Franz Kafka and his publisher Max Brod to the National Library of Israel.

Turkish sculptor risks prison for 'insulting' Erdogan
Egyptian shroud to go under hammer in Paris
UAE brings its falconry expertise to Morocco’s Lekouassem Festival
Morocco's Mawazine festival opens to record crowds
Director 'shocked' at Morocco’s prostitution film ban
Egypt acting legend diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
The ancient pearl of the Syrian desert
Rooftop gardens link Palestinians to land lost in Nakba
 
Number of migrants crossing Med swells to 83% in first half of 2015
UN reports record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year, most of them fleeing war, conflict, persecution.
Tennis star urges tourists to stand with Tunisia against terrorism
Africa's second-best player, Malek Jaziri, says extremists are trying to kill country's democracy and economy.
Iran judiciary chief reignites cultural row over concerts
Music and other public performances are a sensitive matter in Islamic republic given concerns among religious conservatives about creeping ‘Westernisation.’
Football cheers replace gunfire echoes in Tripoli
Football offers joy this Ramadan in charity-organised tournament in Libyan capital aimed at giving Libyans a break from relentless conflict.
Education in “Darija” divides Moroccans amid deteriorating system
Some argue teaching in Moroccan dialect will help resolve education crisis while others say it will only destroy classical Arabic, plunge education into the abyss.
Sheikh Zayed Book Award receives 150 nominations to date
“Literature”, “Literary and Art Criticism” categories lead entries for SZBA’s nine categories.
IS destroy ancient mausoleums in Palmyra
Tombs of residents as well as ancient mausoleums of Mohammed Bin Ali and Nizar Abu Bahaeddine destroyed as jihadists lay mines in ancient site.
Arab League condemns ‘hateful campaign’ against Qatar
League's General Assembly declares its ‘full support’ for Qatar's hosting of World Cup, which will be first tournament held in Arab country.
Iran female VP scolds hardliners over volleyball ban
Shahindokht Molaverdi launches furious attack on groups who said they would spill blood if women were allowed into stadium.
How much did Qatar pay to present bid for 2022 World Cup?
AFC president Issa Hayatou says Qatar paid African Football Confederation $1.8 million to be able to present its bid for 2022 World Cup.
Ramadan ‘prestige thing’ in London: Before fast comes shopping frenzy!
Thousands of wealthy Arabs descend on British capital in weeks before and after Muslim fasting month, packing hotels and fuelling shopping frenzy.
No general admission for Iran women at international volleyball matches
Iran warns any gathering or protest against female admission will be illegal, noting that general policy is still under review.