27/01/2015 - 4:59 pm
Open Discussions/Gulf Cultural Club Tunisia: from activist public to the re-founding of the republic Professor Charles Tripp* Tunisia was the cradle of the Arab Spring that blossomed this time four years ago. The region erupted in unprecedented popular revolutions after a young Tunisian man, Mohammad BuAzizi, immolated himself at a moment of outrage at the way he had been treated by one of the municipality officials at the Town of Sidi BoZaid. For the first time in decades the public claimed back the streets and forced several head of states to quit their positions in disgrace. How does the situation in Tunisia appear today? And what future is there for democratic transformation in the MENA states? Professor Tripp has spent two years of field research for a new book on Tunisia.

Amnesty International warned on Monday of the "seriously" deteriorating health condition of a detained Omani human rights defender on hunger strike since his January 21 arrest in the city of Salalah.

AMMAN, JORDAN — Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal, arguably Qatar’s most famous resident, has lost his base of political operations in Doha, the departure marking a deeper geopolitical shift taking hold in the region.

Louise Mensch has launched a furious Twitter tirade over human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia after the British Government ordered all UK flags to be flown at half-mast following the death of King Abdullah.

CNN: President Barack Obama defended Tuesday the need to maintain a close alliance with Saudi Arabia, a strategic U.S. ally with a poor human rights record, shortly before leaving India for a short visit to the Gulf Kingdom.

Sorry to return to my old Middle Eastern stamping grounds, but further developments in the region this week deserve note. Last Friday, the public flogging in Jeddah of blogger Raif Badawi attracted deserved worldwide condemnation. Badawi received 50 strokes of the cane, the first weekly instalment of 1,000 lashes to be delivered along with a 10-year prison sentence for ‘insulting Islam’.

The financial debacle that has befallen Russia as the price of Brent crude dropped 50 per cent in the last four months has overshadowed the one that potentially awaits the U.S. shale industry in 2015. It’s time to heed it, because Saudi Arabia and other major Middle Eastern oil producers are unlikely to blink and cut output, and the price is now approaching a level where U.S. production will begin shutting down.

Op-ed: As the Gulf states are left with no money to spend and are experiencing internal shocks, the era of destructive Arab power is coming to an end; the Israeli mind and innovation era, on the other hand, is just beginning.

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.

Open Discussions/ Gulf Cultural Club / Christian Muslim Forum Mercy, compassion and love in Christianity and Islam Sheikh Mohammad Ali Shomali, Director of the Islamic Centre of England* Rev Maggie Hindley; Community &Public Affairs Specialist, Christian Muslim Forum** Robin Marsh; Secretary General of Universal Peace Federation*** Mahera Ruby; Researcher at Goldsmith University****

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***

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.