21/12/2014 - 1:19 pm
US sends Apache helicopters originally frozen and new ambassador; Sisi meets with Hamas-backer Qatar signalling rapprochement.

Reuters: over $30 billion in illicit funds flowed out of Saudi Arabia in 2012, a recent study revealed, making the oil-rich kingdom among the worst hit countries in the world.

Beirut, Dec 21, IRNA – Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan has expressedthe the hope that negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia will start soon.

IT has been four years since the Arab Spring sprung out of Tunisia and had a domino effect on other countries like Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria. There seemed to be a breath of freshness, excitement and hope.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Iranian Armed Forces' Strategic Studies Center said the sharp reduction in oil prices is the result of a plot hatched by the US and exercised by Saudi Arabia.

In 1970, with British help and support, Qaboos bin Sa‘id overthrew his father and took the reins of powers in the Sultanate of Oman. Sultan Qaboos was an enlightened monarch, and firmly guided the xenophobic and isolationist state back into the modern world. Oman has since been a model of neutrality and tolerance, often acting as a bridge between regional adversaries (it is no coincidence that Oman served as the initial go-between for U.S.-Iran talks). Nevertheless, when push came to shove, Oman has done what is needed to combat terrorism. U.S. aircraft based in Oman launched some of the initial airstrikes against the Taliban during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Wong is just 18 and has emerged as the face of the Hong Kong protest movement; Al-Kishi is 19 and is serving prison sentence in Bahrain for organising poor Shia demonstrators; Poe, 25, is one of the mobilisers of black minorities in Missouri, US

This is not really true. You can’t say all Saudis are like that because my mother is a kafeel (sponsor) and doesn’t impose upon her workers. I agree that there are many Saudis who get a lot of money from their workers and treat them badly, but still there are many Saudis who fear Allah. Kareem Al-Sharef

Some reports recently spoke about the intention of the Cabinet to increase the price of a litre of petrol from 65 fils to 110 fils, raise the price of bread from 50 to 100 fils and raise the price of electricity from 5 to 7 fils per kilo watt. Whether this information is a rumor or a real intention by the government, it only shows what many have warned this country from – of depending on a sole resource which is oil, with no diversification plans.

Open Discussions Gulf Cultural Club Imam Hussain’s revolt: The Quest for Universal justice Dr Oliver Scharbrodt* Dr Kamal El-Helbawy** Dr Hassen al-sader***

Transition, stability and humanitarian conditions Steven Zyck * **Dr Aly El Kabbani Recent events in Yemen have surprised many and caused a furore in the Arab echelons of power. It is assumed that the “Arab Spring” had been brought to a leafy Autumn and that the old status quo had been re-instated. What do the recent events in the South Western Arabia represent? Will they alter the balance of power in the Arabian Peninsula? Has this sudden uprising renewed the people’s drive to achieve democratic transformation in the region? The Yemeni change deserves closer attention with objectivity. 8th October, 2014

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.