America Digs Its Own Afghan Grave
Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires,” the site of failed invasions. But the U.S. – in its 15-plus-year endeavor – seems determined to dig its own grave there, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar describes.
Democrats Trade Places on War and McCarthyism
The anti-Russia hysteria gripping the Democratic Party marks a “trading places” moment as the Democrats embrace the New Cold War and the New McCarthyism, flipping the script on Republicans, writes Robert Parry.
Banning Electronic devices: Security or Economic Protectionism?
Trump’s new ban is likely to push many of the Gulf carriers’ most loyal customers towards US airlines, which will enjoy a new subsidy from the American government in terms of preferential security regulation, argues Rashmee Roshan Lall.
Canada Struggles with Growing Islamophobia
In some ways it is not surprising that there is animosity against Muslim Canadians. The previous Conservative government led by Stephen Harper was openly anti-Muslim and during the 2015 election ran on a platform that included several provisions aimed directly at the Muslim community, notes Tom Regan.
What Lessons for Europe from the Dutch vote?
While European leaders are relieved at the result of the Dutch poll, forecasting the outcome in France remains hazardous. The only wise conclusion is — wait and see, says Francis Ghilès.
Iran: Khamenei’s Slogan, “Domestic Production” is a Mirage
Key government officials benefit more from the focus on the region versus dealing with the miserable living situation facing the Iranian people and its economy, reports Hassan Mahmoudi.
Dubai's Emaar Malls offers $800m to buy Souq.com

Emaar Malls challenges reported offer by global giant Amazon to acquire Middle East's largest online retailer.

IEA says full impact of OPEC oil cuts will take time to be felt
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
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'
 
Nike hijab for Muslim athletes welcomed, criticised
Nike Pro Hijab was designed and tested by Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari and Olympic weightlift­er Amna Al Haddad.
Cities, monuments dim lights for Earth Hour
Millions of people from some 170 countries expected to take part in annual bid to highlight global warming caused by burning of coal, oil, gas.
Photographer captures world's glacier melt over decade
For last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on mission to document climate change through movements of immense, melting glaciers.
UN Syrian refugee tent finds new life as dress
“Dress for Our Time” project by fashion designer Storey aims to use art as ‘Trojan Horse’ to spread awareness about Syrian crisis.
Iraq late equaliser dents Aussie World Cup hopes
Australia’s upcoming home game against UAE takes on added significance after Ahmad Yaseen's equaliser fourteen minutes from time.
Iraq’s war correspondents in the line of fire
Most Iraqi media institutions, private or state-run, fail to provide war correspondents with proper equipment.
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.
Painting Across Generations highlights trends in art
Show highlights developments that have generated new wave of painting in Arab world, Iran.
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.