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  1. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

    Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

  2. April 3, 2014

    US plays the crooked lawyer in an Israeli-Palestinian drama

    Washington’s attempts to shepherd Israelis and Palestinians into a so-called framework deal – yet another road map towards...

  1. February 28, 2014

    Palestinians weigh calls for successor to Mahmoud Abbas

    As US-sponsored peace talks with Israel proceed, Palestinians are broaching the sensitive topic of who will succeed Mahmoud...

  2. February 28, 2014

    William Duff, financial supervisor, 1922-2014

    A last official link between the Gulf’s colonial era and its commercially dynamic present, Bill Duff devoted his life to...

  3. February 20, 2014

    A World Not Ours – film review

    Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours is about a war without battles and a war without visible end. The filmmaker, born in Ain...

  4. February 2, 2014

    Kerry attempts the improbable with Middle East peace deal

    Just over 20 years ago, the declaration of principles that emerged from the Oslo peace talks opened up an alluring vista of...

  5. January 31, 2014

    ‘Faisal I of Iraq’, by Ali Allawi

    Faisal I of Iraq, by Ali Allawi, Yale, RRP£30/$40, 672 pages The Hashemites are the Bourbons of the Middle East; history...

  6. January 27, 2014

    Israeli settlers flex muscle to resist peace talks led by John Kerry

    Just off Highway 60, the Israeli road that slices through the West Bank, ferrying Jewish settlers from jobs in Jerusalem to...

  7. January 22, 2014

    Israel’s military kills two Palestinian militants

    Israel’s military killed two Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, one of whom it blamed for firing rockets...

  8. January 1, 2014

    Israel to extend Jordan Valley settlement as peace talks resume

    Israel’s interior minister will on Thursday inaugurate a new neighbourhood in a Jewish settlement in the Jordan Valley, in a...

  9. December 20, 2013

    Herzl, by Shlomo Avineri

    Herzl, by Shlomo Avineri, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£20, 288 pages There is a passage in Theodor Herzl’s 1902 romance of a...

  10. December 10, 2013

    Brussels criticised for paying non-working Gaza civil servants

    The EU has been paying the wages of thousands of civil servants in the Gaza Strip who have not worked for up to six years,...

  11. The A-List

    November 18, 2013

    Time for Obama to deploy his cunning in the MidEast

    Sadly, the political correctness that has swept western societies has smothered an appreciation of the virtues of cunning....

  12. November 7, 2013

    Swiss team say findings ‘moderately support’ Arafat murder claims

    Swiss scientists who examined the remains of Yassir Arafat have said new evidence “moderately supports” the position that...

  13. October 28, 2013

    Palestinians fire rockets at Israeli port

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at a southern Israeli port city on Monday and Israel’s Iron Dome...

  14. October 8, 2013

    West Bank economy shrinks on falling aid and Israeli restrictions

    The West Bank’s gross domestic product shrank for the first time in a decade, the World Bank said on Tuesday, a drop it...

  15. September 29, 2013

    Bradford student uses theory and statistics in currency research

    The Palestinian pound, abolished in 1951 soon after the British mandate to govern the region, could possibly be revived...

  16. September 20, 2013

    Peace dividends

    Bashar Masri has a proposal for rich – and even modestly wealthy – Palestinians living in exile, away from the sorrows and...

  17. August 27, 2013

    The steps that Obama must now take on Syria

    The repugnant moral crime perpetrated against fellow Syrians, in all probability by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, gives...

  18. August 2, 2013

    The Palestine Strings at the Proms

    Strains of Vivaldi’s Summer concerto escape through the stained-glass windows of a graceful mansion near Jerusalem’s...

  19. July 28, 2013

    Middle East peace process to resume in Washington

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet in Washington on Monday to discuss restarting the peace talks that collapsed in...

  20. July 5, 2013

    Mastering the Alef- Bet: John Reed learns Hebrew

    “Ma ze?” (What’s this Ruti, my Hebrew teacher, was asking the class – 14 other mute, nervous foreigners and me. She was...

  21. July 1, 2013

    Bank of Israel’s Stanley Fischer warns of ‘dangerous’ populism

    Stanley Fischer, Israel’s outgoing central bank governor, warned that a “dangerous” mood of populism was developing in the...

  22. May 23, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian executives in Mideast peace initiative

    Israeli and Palestinian business leaders have been quietly holding talks over the past year, with the aim of pushing their...

  23. May 19, 2013

    John Kerry’s vaulting ambitions for US diplomacy

    Nobody ever accused John Kerry of lacking self-belief. Nor are they ever likely to. This week, for the fourth time since...

  24. May 8, 2013

    Stephen Hawking joins Israel academic boycott

    Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge university academic and the world’s most famous living physicist, has joined the academic...

  25. May 1, 2013

    Joshua, Grand Theatre, Leeds – review

    The Star of David is everywhere, as a symbol of Jewish unity. The senior Israelite wears a kippah, denoting respect for...

  26. April 21, 2013

    G4S to quit key contracts in Israel

    G4S, the world’s biggest security company by revenues, has confirmed it is planning to quit key contracts in Israel amid...

  27. April 11, 2013

    Another heave on Middle East peace

    One of the many questions surrounding Barack Obama’s second term was whether he would use it to try to secure a Middle East...

  28. March 25, 2013

    Israel to resume tax funds to Palestinians

    Israel said it would resume the transfer of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority in response to requests from the US,...

  29. March 21, 2013

    Khamenei raises prospect of nuclear talks

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has for the first time raised the prospect of bilateral talks with the US over...

  30. February 27, 2013

    Ooredoo moves forward with Maroc bid

    Ooredoo, the newly renamed Qatari telecoms group, is progressing with a bid for the controlling stake in Maroc Telecom, the...

  31. February 6, 2013

    Report cites military corruption in MENA

    Two years after revolutions raised hopes for political change, the armed forces of Middle East and North African nations...

  32. January 27, 2013

    Palestinians fleeing Syria are double refugees

    When air strikes shook Um Mazen’s home in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus last month, she and her children fled by...

  33. January 23, 2013

    Israelis clip Netanyahu’s wings

    Israeli voters have a wonderful knack of springing surprises that the people they elect only rarely match. While opinion...

  34. January 14, 2013

    Kurds’ way to peace riddled with spoilers

    It is almost a geopolitical cliché that, when a long and intractable conflict looks as though it might be soluble,...

  35. December 9, 2012

    Hamas leader takes tough stance on Gaza

    When Yasser Arafat arrived in the Gaza Strip in 1994 after almost three decades of political exile, the Palestinian leader...

  36. December 8, 2012

    Hamas leader hits out at Israel

    GAZA, December 8 – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in an uncompromising speech during his first ever visit to Gaza after...

  37. December 7, 2012

    Hamas leader makes first visit to Gaza

    Khaled Meshal, the political leader of the Islamist Hamas movement, arrived for his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip on...

  38. November 29, 2012

    Palestinians win UN vote for ‘state’

    The Palestinians won an overwhelming diplomatic victory at the UN on Thursday after 138 out of 193 member states voted to...

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