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Two killed in Bahrain car explosion: Interior Ministry

An explosion in a car killed two people and wounded a third in a mostly Shi’ite village in Bahrain on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.The ministry said on its Twitter account the explosion was in the village of al-Maqshaa’, along the Budayya highway, outside of the capital Manama.”Initial inspections uncovered two burnt bodies and a third with burn wounds was taken to hospital,” the ministry said.There were early signs the car contained explosive substances, it added.The U.S.-allied Gulf kingdom, which is seen as a bulwark against nearby Shi’ite Iran and is home to the U.S. 38 more words

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If Kerry fails, what then? by Sam Bahour and Tony Klug

Suppose the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, fails to cajole the Israeli and Palestinian leaders into finally ending their conflict. What would happen next? 1,123 more words

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Amman's new hotel

This week saw the launch of what is being touted as the first new hotel in Downtown Amman since 1927 – the Art Hotel. 298 more words

Middle East

Arab Appropriation

Hummus, Falafel, the Kaffieh and the ‘Hamza hand’ are but some of the most common cases of Arab cultural appropriation. Fashion houses are regular culprits and you only have to spend five minutes in one of Paris’ quarters to find Israeli Hummus and Falafel for sale. 927 more words

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Afghanistan take 2

Oh yeah, this is definitely going to end well! No repeat of Afghanistan whatsoever, what with the overthrow of the dictator followed by the massive civil war between different factions and then the rise of an even bloodier dictator. 123 more words

Air strike kills 13 suspected militants in central Yemen: sources

An air strike killed 13 suspected al Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda on Saturday, security and tribal sources said.Tribal sources said a drone had been circling the region for days. 90 more words

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The Schizophrenia of Near Eastern Fashion

For centuries the link between local culture, heritage and fashion was tight and strong. Local fashion was an expression of cultural identity. However, I am not going to dedicate this post to bashing the forces of globalization or imperialism instead I am going to channel my criticism towards the submissive cultures of the Near East. 462 more words

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