Pediatrician by day, barista by night: Why this Saudi doctor works two jobs

Monday, 20 November 2017

By 3:30 pm on weekdays, Bassil al-Tami swaps his medical scrubs for an apron and transitions from being a pediatrician by day to a barista at night. The Saudi pediatrician says many people find both his professions contradict one another, but insists he is no exception. Al-Tami spends the first part of his day treating young children who visit the hypnotherapy department at the hospital where he works, diagnoses their cases and prescribes them with the necessary treatment. By four pm, the doctor ...

Houthi militias forcing prisoners to pay for clean food, water

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Houthi militias in the Dhamar governorate in central Yemen have been forcing prisoners to pay money for food. According to well-informed sources, Houthi militias provide small and dirty amounts of food and water to prisoners thus forcing them to take money from their families in order to buy clean food and water. They also said that Houthis collect around 150,000 Yemeni riyals a day ($6) which is around 4.5 million Yemeni riyals a month from Dhamar’s central prison, adding that they make a ...

Hundreds protest after recent reports of slave market in Libya

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Several hundred protesters gathered in central Paris on Saturday night to demonstrate after images were released by US news channel CNN showing an alleged slave market in Libya. The French national police were deployed in riot gear to contain the protest, which started in front of the Libyan embassy and moved toward Paris’s main street, the Champ D’Elysees. Demonstrators criticised the French government, who they accuse of staying silent. “For France, For Europe, for the United ...

Exhibition in Sharjah takes intimate perspective on Emirati Burqa

Sunday, 19 November 2017

An exhibition devoted to one of the most important social and historical icons of the UAE – the Emirati Burqa - opened last week at Sharjah Heritage Museum. The show titled ‘The Emirati Burqa: An Intimate Object’, features photographs, films, paintings and installations by Sharjah-born Karima Alshomely. Alshomely adopts a contemporary perspective towards an item that has been part of Emirati cultural identity for hundreds of years. Running until June 2018, the exhibition of ...

VIDEO: Hardliners attack Ahmadinejad loyalists at sit-in protest in Iran

Sunday, 19 November 2017

“Revenge for Allah” militias, an extremist hardline group in Iran, attacked officials belonging to the administration of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is currently taking refuge at a religious shrine in Tehran. The group reportedly carried out the attack on Saturday as a way to protest against the charges of corruption against them. Ahmadinejad’s unofficial website, Dolat-e Bahar, published pictures and videos of the attack and reported that members of the ...

Iranian opposition form new democratic council to counter regime

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Iranian opposition parties and organizations abroad announced a new coalition called the “Iranian Democrats Council” aimed at “overthrowing the rule of the Guardian Jurist and establishing a pluralistic federal democratic regime with its neighbors and the world,” according to its founding statement. “The structure of the theocratic regime in Tehran cannot be reformed after four decades of authoritarian and sectarian rule based on discrimination, repression against ...

Qatar’s history: A struggle for power among the Al Thani family

Saturday, 18 November 2017

An Al Arabiya documentary sheds light on Qatar's long standing history of power struggle among its ruling family. The documentary addresses how former Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa seized power through a coup and how this did not come as a surprise as most of those who ruled before him seized power via the same approach. Hamad’s ambition though went beyond Qatar and the Gulf and extended to the Arab world. To achieve his dream, he established new and contradictory alliances, ...

From cafe worker to lawyer, who is Egyptian presidential runner Khalid Ali?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Egyptian human rights and labor lawyer Khaled Ali is so far the only candidate to announce that he will challenge a likely bid by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in next year’s presidential elections. Unlike 2012, when he was a latecomer in joining a fierce presidential race at the time, Ali has been an early bird in announcing his bid to run for presidency in 2018. From a coffee shop worker to a fierce lawyer, here’s a look back at Khalid Ali’s career life. Early life Ali was ...

ANALYSIS: Decoding Iran and Hezbollah’s desires for Lebanon

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English. The importance of Hezbollah for Iran as an overseas fighting force, which operates alongside its own military, cannot be underestimated. Since its establishment in Lebanon in the early 1980s by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force, Hezbollah has fought wars and carried out deadly attacks against civilians in foreign lands that have ...

Despite measures, India’s capital remains battered with hazardous pollution

Friday, 17 November 2017

Residents of the Indian capital of Delhi have been through a harrowing experience as persistent blanket of smog has engulfed the city since last week. Even though, on Thursday, air quality improved slightly, but continues to fall under “very poor” category. The bad air quality in Delhi is not only affecting the people living in the city, but has also forced various diplomats from other countries to move their positions to other Indian states or neighboring countries. According to ...

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