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Reuters - France has asked Qatar, which has close links with Hamas, to use its influence with the Palestinian Islamist group to reach a ceasefire in the conflict in Gaza, a French diplomatic source said on Friday.

“Bahrain’s Bad Decision” , about the expulsion of the American State Department official Tom Malinowski from Bahrain, is right to suggest that the Obama administration must go further to show that such behavior is unacceptable.

Kuwait: Violent protests in Kuwait City following Opposition Coalition (OC) leader Mussallam al-Barrak's arrest prompted his release on bail on 7 July; the OC launched the National Political Reform project (NPRP) in April, demanding restrictions on the power of the ruling family and movement towards a parliamentary system.

The procedures approved by the Cabinet in its meeting Monday are not aimed at taking revenge on those who participated in demonstrations, withdraw their citizenship randomly, and put an end to CHARITY works, charity societies and committees, reports Al-Sabah daily quoting governmental sources. This came after the spread of allegations in various social networking sites.

Reuters - Saudi Arabia's Islamic Affairs Ministry is investigating 17 mosque imams in the capital Riyadh for not using their Friday sermons to denounce an al Qaeda attack this month, the English daily Arab News reported on Saturday.

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“Despite reluctance of many people to document the torture, and cruel and degrading treatments that they have suffered from, fearing detention and pursuit, the Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD) in Al Wefaq was able to observe 144 caseof torture outside prisons in 2013, this included 28 children”, this is taken from the 2013 human rights report released by Al Wefaq National Islamic Society in May 2014.

Qatar has taken a sharp turn in fortune in the past year, going from influential regional power to almost complete isolation.

With ISIS on the border, Saudi Arabia is nervous about the terrorist incursion, but remains the source of its greatest support

Open Discussions/ Gulf Cultural Club Fasting as a cleansing spiritual process Dr Usama Hassan* Revnd Nadeem Nassar ** Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi*** There is general perception that materialism is not compatible with spirituality. Achieving material satisfaction does not necessarily lead to self-cleansing or spiritual uplifting.

Open Discussions/ Gulf Cultural Club To mark the 25th anniversary of the demise of Imam Khomeini Perceptions on Revolution, spirituality and change Dr Ali El Kabbany* Writer, commentator from Egypt Father Frank Gelli** Anglican priest and cultural critic and commentator Hojjatul Islam Sheikh Hossein Mohammadian*** Religious scholar, Lecturer of philosophy

After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts [Book] by John R. Bradley in Books - 20/03/2012

Book of Imam Ali (AS) Released in Turkey - 21/02/2012
According to the information center of Imam Ali Specialized Library, the book is the second volume of a series published by Revak in Turkey on the Prophet's House.

Gabriele vom Bruck F o r e w o r d b y F r e d H a l l i d a y Cover design by Eugene Kuo Cover photograph Muhammad b. Muhammad Zabarah, historian (right), and his son Ahmad, the late Mufti of the Republic of Yemen, 1940s. middle eastern studies “This highly original book offers fresh insight into how traditional ideas of person, society, and responsibility, reworked in the cauldron of revolution and rapidly changing economic and political conditions, remain central to understanding contemporary society and identity politics.