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Prominent US expert: Doha policies threat to whole region

Monday, 23 April 2018

A senior foreign policy analyst has emphasized that the US should threaten to move its al-Udeid Air Base southwest of the Qatari capital, Doha, if Qatar does not stop supporting terrorism, working more closely with the Iranians, and supporting Hamas and its  activities. Mitchell Bard, who specializes in US–Middle East policy, told Al-Arabiya English that the military base is one of Washington’s few pieces of leverage that it could use to encourage the Emir of Qatar Sheikh, Tamim ...

Voters and candidates in Iraq’s election: Here is all you need to know

Monday, 23 April 2018

Iraqis are set to head to the polls on May 12 for parliamentary elections. At the end of the ballot, the 329 members of parliament elected from party lists will be tasked with forming a government and electing a prime minister and president.After the 2003 US-led invasion and the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq held its first general election in January 2005, selecting a parliament tasked with drafting a new constitution.It then held parliamentary elections in December 2005, with two subsequent ...

ANALYSIS: The need to tackle Iran’s reactionary ideology in Africa

Monday, 23 April 2018

With a special focus on Syria and Iran’s role in this important country’s developments, it is worth noting Tehran also seeks to expand its influence in Africa. Iran is spending billions in this continent, providing free social services through a vast network of hospitals and orphanages, running more than one hundred Islamic schools and seminaries, and giving bribes and “financial aid” to corrupt governments. Exporting its reactionary ideology among Africa’s vast ...

Egypt’s match-making app that toggles between tradition and modernity

Sunday, 22 April 2018

“The right way to look for your life partner” is the motto used by Harmonica, the first Egyptian matchmaking mobile application, available on both Google Play and Apple Store.The application, according to its website, aims at avoiding the pitfalls of arranged marriages where people and families who do not know each other are connected through mediators.“This way is no longer suitable for our needs at the moment nor our lifestyle which has become more open,” says the ...

Will Commonwealth gold medal restore dignity of a ‘criminal’ village in India?

Sunday, 22 April 2018

There is a lot riding on the gold medal Indian weightlifter Rahul Venkat Ragala won in the face of stiff competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The champion weightlifter belongs to Stuartpuram in Andhra Pradesh which was officially designated as a village of criminals during British colonial rule. The badly ostracized village in Guntur district hasn’t managed to get rid of the tag of notoriety until today. But the gold medal has suddenly raised ...

Has rape and murder of a child in Kashmir widened India’s religious fault line?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kashmir has divided India along religious lines like never before. While the secular fabric of this nation has always been held together very thin, the current low in the political debate, and that includes all political parties, has now dragged the issue to a new low.What makes the incident even more embarrassing is the fact that the brutal rape and murder has seen a parallel conversation pointing to the fact that Asifa was a Muslim and the alleged ...

Has the UAE come of age as global hub of art and culture?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

From Andy Warhol’s masterpieces to ‘Mandala Art’ workshops and ‘Islamic Geometry’, lovers and connoisseurs of art from various walks of life are getting access to all in the United Arab Emirates. Years of efforts are beginning to bear fruit and long-term vision and planning and allocation of resources are making the country an art destination of repute. Louvre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Opera have taken the country’s cultural offerings to another level. Notable ...

ANALYSIS: Who will side with whom if Syria explodes?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

If anything is going to set off a major conflagration in Syria, it won’t be the recent bombing of Assad’s chemical plants by the US, UK and France, over his military’s use of chemical weapons, all indications are that the spark will come from Iran’s arrogant military activities.With the Iranians controlling Lebanon’s borders through its proxy Hezbollah, plus having its troops and militias in virtual control of Iraq, the regime is now in the final stages of taking ...

Washington should walk away from the Iranian deal, says senior Mideast analyst

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

“Iran is the biggest threat to the US interests and its allies in the region, including Israel, due to its activities in the region,” Hudson Institute Senior Middle East analyst Michael Pregent has said. Pregent highlighted that Iran’s continuing support for Shiite militias in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Houthis in Yemen with the aim of building their capabilities would jeopardize the political stability and security in the whole region. According to him, Iraq was the ...

‘Storybook’ 73-year marriage of George and Barbara Bush

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

They met at a Christmas dance. She was 17. He was 18. Two years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history. “George Bush knows how I feel,” Barbara Bush had said. “He is the hero... He is my hero.” Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. The couple’s relationship was a true love story, which granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager described Monday as ...

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