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Iraq protesters block roads leading to Basra oil field

Iraq protesters block roads leading to Basra oil field

Hundreds of protesters from the province of Basra blocked off roads leading to the West Qurna oil field on the ninth consecutive day of their protests, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed news site reported. Activist Imad Hameed told the news site that “the Iraqi security forces are trying to open the roads, but the protestors have insisted their […]

International schools market in Middle East sustains momentum

International schools market in Middle East sustains momentum

DUBAI — The premium, English-language international schools market continues to expand across the Middle East, showing no signs of slowing down despite challenging economic conditions. According to the latest data from ISC Research, released ahead of the forthcoming IPSEF Middle East Forum in Dubai, the number of international schools in the region has grown from […]

Israeli Druze hold mass rally in Tel Aviv to protest Jewish nation-state law

Israeli Druze hold mass rally in Tel Aviv to protest Jewish nation-state law

Israeli Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Muafak Tarif, center, arrives at Tel Aviv rally on Saturday (AFP) Israeli Druze and their supporters massed in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to protest against a new law they say makes them second-class citizens. The nation-state law, which passed last month and is part of Israel’s so-called […]

How an American Catholic organization has helped persecuted Middle East Christians

How an American Catholic organization has helped persecuted Middle East Christians

Most people know that Christians in the Middle East have recently endured severe persecution at the hands of ISIS. But most people don’t know that, for years, a brotherhood of men have been quietly and vigilantly working behind the scenes on behalf of those Christians. These men are the Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic […]

Middle East by Southwest: Rahim Alhaj

Middle East by Southwest: Rahim Alhaj

Middle East by Southwest: Rahim Alhaj Master oud player Rahim Alhaj takes the stage at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Born in Baghdad, Alhaj started playing the oud at age nine and went on to earn degrees in Arabic literature and musical composition. “Music can make us […]

Arabic press review: Saddam scam goes bust

Arabic press review: Saddam scam goes bust

Millions of dollars belonging to Saddam Hussein and members of his government are still reportedly held by Lebanese banks (AFP) Lebanon thwarts gang trying to steal Saddam Hussein’s fortune The Lebanese security services have detained a group plotting to seize billions of dollars belonging to deceased former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his associates, according […]

Iran preparing major military exercise, US officials say

Iran preparing major military exercise, US officials say

US officials say Iran’s Revolutionary Guards appear to prepare more than 100 vessels for exercises (AFP) Iran is preparing to carry out a major exercise in the Gulf in the coming days, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, US officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Iran has repeatedly expressed […]

Historic meeting of Christians leaders for Middle East peace

Historic meeting of Christians leaders for Middle East peace

Pope Francis addressed Christian leaders from the Middle East in the Italian city of Bari to pray for peace in the region. The ecumenical meeting involved patriarchs and representatives of several Orthodox churches, Oriental Orthodox churches, Eastern Catholic churches, and representatives of the Lutheran church and Middle East Council of Churches. The first event of […]

Israel rejects appeal of Palestinian writer critical of PA activities

Israel rejects appeal of Palestinian writer critical of PA activities

The Israeli military court in Ofer has rejected an appeal filed by Palestinian writer, Lama Khater, against her detention, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said yesterday. Khater’s lawyer, Firas Al-Sabah, said that since his client was arrested she has been investigated as a result of the articles and social media posts she has published. Khater, 42, […]

Ethiopian PM says Gulf countries not fit to teach Islam

Ethiopian PM says Gulf countries not fit to teach Islam

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addresses his country’s diaspora, the largest group of Ethiopians outside Ethiopia, in Washington, US (Reuters) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that he shunned an offer by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to build an Islamic centre in the East African country by telling him that he had […]