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Letter: America's muddied role in the Middle East

Letter: America's muddied role in the Middle East

To the editor: With its renewed threat to bomb Syrian government forces, I fear our government has finally gone too far. Unfortunately, the average American remains largely ignorant of the realities of the Middle East and the insanity of this country’s foreign policy in that region. As someone who used to live and work in […]

Middle East Theater Chain Vox to Become Second to Open in Saudi Arabia

Middle East Theater Chain Vox to Become Second to Open in Saudi Arabia

1:18 AM PDT 4/20/2018 by Alex Ritman The kingdom is getting its first multiplex and first Imax screen. Saudi Arabia is officially getting its second cinema chain.  Just a day after AMC’s historic opening in Riyadh on April 18, the Middle East’s biggest regional theater chains Vox announced that it too had been awarded a […]

Iraq hits Islamic State inside Syria with 'deadly' air strikes

Iraq hits Islamic State inside Syria with 'deadly' air strikes

Iraqi forces wave their national flags after retaking the town of Zankura from IS (AFP) Iraq said on Thursday its air force carried out air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State, in the latest attacks against the group to prevent it infiltrating across the border. The strikes were in coordination with the Syrian government, […]

Journalists Hussain Abdul-Hussain and Shabun Abboud discuss Middle East politics at Penn State

Journalists Hussain Abdul-Hussain and Shabun Abboud discuss Middle East politics at Penn State

Hussain Abdul-Hussain speaks during the MENA Business Society’s “The Middle East; Emerging Economies and The Struggle For Power” held in the Willard building on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Erin O’Neill The Middle East and North African Business Society hosted journalists Hussain Abdul-Hussain and Shaban Abboud Tuesday night to discuss current and past conflicts and business […]

Middle East Galleries is first exhibit to open as part of Penn Museum's $102 million campaign

Middle East Galleries is first exhibit to open as part of Penn Museum's $102 million campaign

Credit: Joy Lee The Penn Museum’s new exhibition, Middle East Galleries, will open to the public on April 21. To celebrate, the museum will conduct a two-day-long Opening Weekend Festival. The exhibit will feature over 1,200 objects from a period spanning 10,000 years, according to the Penn Museum website. The exhibit is also the first […]

False alarm set off Syrian air defences: pro-Assad commander

False alarm set off Syrian air defences: pro-Assad commander

A false alarm led to Syrian air defence missiles being fired overnight and there was no fresh attack on Syria, a commander in the regional military alliance that backs the Syrian government told Reuters. Syrian state TV reported overnight that anti-aircraft defences had shot down missiles fired at an air base in the Homs area, […]

Siemens is expanding in the Middle East with a $500 million internet of things investment

Siemens is expanding in the Middle East with a $500 million internet of things investment

German multinational Siemens is expanding its already sizeable Middle East presence by investing in the digital sphere, to the tune of $500 million over the next three years. The engineering and software giant announced over the weekend its plans to develop digital innovations in the region with two internet of things facilities in the United […]

France 'convinced' Trump to keep troops in Syria, Macron says

France 'convinced' Trump to keep troops in Syria, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced US President Donald Trump to maintain troops in Syria, as he defended France’s participation in joint air strikes. In telephone calls before the Saturday air strikes, Macron said, he persuaded Trump not to pull US forces out of Syria. “Ten days ago, President Trump was […]

Joy Reid Mocks America's Invisible Man In The Middle East: 'Where's Jared?'

Joy Reid Mocks America's Invisible Man In The Middle East: 'Where's Jared?'

Americans haven’t heard a peep from Jared Kushner, whom President Donald Trump tapped to be his point man on Middle East peace. His disappearing act is now particularly remarkable in the wake of U.S. military action in Syria. “Where is Jared?” host Joy Reid mockingly asked Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” “Jared’s job was to solve all the […]

US, Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

US, Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” he said. [Read the full text of President Trump’s address »] But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who had urged caution in White House deliberations leading up to the strike, told reporters on Friday night that there were […]