Syria Reaps the Rewards

Syria Reaps the Rewards
Asad is entitled to feel confident when the two main sponsors of his armed opponents turn on each other   By Abdel Bari Atwan   Syrian President Bashar al-Asad was recently reported to have admitted that corruption is a major problem in Syria. He told Amina ash-Shammat, head of the Central Commission for Inspection, that it had become rampant and needed to be eradicated by ensuring that the law is applied equally to all.   This admission coincided with a number of developments on the ground and on the battlefield which confirm the advance of the Syrian army and the weakness of both the political and armed wings of the opposition, as well as the loss by Islamic... المزيد
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Sidi Maarouf It is a beautifully designed Moroccan restaurant

Sidi Maarouf  It is a beautifully designed Moroccan restaurant
By : Riyad AL Kadi \ IRAQIBBC - LONDON -  Sidi Maarouf  is part of Maroush group and it is situated a stone throw away from Marble Arch. It is a beautifully designed Moroccan restaurant with a very authentic interior with billowing silk curtains and dark wood furniture. As you set foot into the restaurant you come under the illusion that you are entering a magnificent Arabian tent. Every evening while dining, your guests will be entertained by our live band (Arabic and international songs) and belly dancing performance on weekends and during weekdays upon guests request, which indeed are the perfect complement to the delicious food. The menu... المزيد
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Saudi Arabia’s New Outreach

Saudi Arabia’s New Outreach
yadh’s wooing of Iraqi Shia leaders won’t be credible without a radical change of strategy   By Abdel Bari Atwan   It came as a surprise to many in the Middle East – specifically in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran – to see Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rife about the timing of the visit, and about its possible impact – for better or worse – on relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are currently more tense than they have ever been. The significance of the visit is that it came at the invitation of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin-Salman, as part of a new Saudi policy of... المزيد
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Finding a Way Out

Finding a Way Out
  The longer the Yemen war continues, the worse it will get for the Saudis and their allies   By Abdel Bari Atwan   Last week, the UAE announced that four of its soldiers were killed when their helicopter was downed in Yemen where they were deployed as part of the Saudi-led coalition. A few days previously, an Emirati warship was attacked in Yemeni waters in the Red Sea off the port of Mocha, apparently by Houthi forces. These incidents suggest that for the first time in months, the war in Yemen is entering a fresh stage of escalation, this time at the hands of the alliance between the Houthis and the former ruling General Peoples Congress (GPC),... المزيد
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Why have The Killers written a song about Mike Tyson?

Why have The Killers written a song about Mike Tyson?
It's 9am on 11 February, 1990. Mike Tyson enters the ring at the Tokyo Dome as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. His opponent, Buster Douglas, is a textbook underdog. Most bookmakers refused to take bets for the fight. The Mirage Casino in Las Vegas was one of the few that did - and they made Tyson the 42-1 favourite. But then, in the 10th round, Tyson was  taken down  by a furious four-punch volley - right, left, right, left. He was left scrabbling around on the floor, badly disorientated and searching for his gum shield, as referee Octavio Meyran counted him out. Back in Tyson's home town of Las Vegas, an eight-year-old Brandon Flowers watched the... المزيد
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Charlie Gard parents announce death of 'beautiful boy'

Charlie Gard parents announce death of 'beautiful boy'
Charlie Gard, the baby at the centre of a legal row over his treatment, has died, a family spokesman has confirmed. The 11-month-old was moved to a hospice following a High Court ruling. He suffered from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness. His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, fought a lengthy legal battle with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to allow him to be taken to the US for treatment. But on Monday they dropped their legal battle after Prof Michio Hirano, the American neurologist who had offered to treat him, said it was too late for it to work. The tragic case of Charlie Gard In a statement... المزيد
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Game of Thrones season 7 episode 3 plot predictions: Jon meets Daenerys, Greyworm dies, Arya arrives at Winterfell and more

Game of Thrones season 7 episode 3 plot predictions: Jon meets Daenerys, Greyworm dies, Arya arrives at Winterfell and more
And so it is  Game of Thrones   season 7 's third episode this week, which promises to be a meaty one.   'Stormborn'  set up some juicy plot points that should come into fruition in 'The Queen's Justice'. Here are our predictions based on the  trailer ,  episode synopsis  and the fact we've been covering this show until our eyes bled Weirdwood sap. Jon meets Daenerys at Dragonstone, it doesn't go swimmingly   READ MORE What is going on with the Starks and what are their motives?   The meeting itself is actually a certainty, given the closing shot in the trailer of Jon entering the Targaryen throne room. The King in the... المزيد
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Milking Gulf Coffers Trump has made a killing from the Saudi-led alliance’s spat with Qatar, and intends to continue

Milking Gulf Coffers   Trump has made a killing from the Saudi-led alliance’s spat with Qatar, and intends to continue
By Abdel Bari Atwan   Thank God that US President Donald Trump cannot stop himself from talking. From time to time, he says things in his interviews and tweets which betray attitudes and secrets that are truly revealing. They go a long way to explaining his behaviour towards the Arab world and its people and politics, and the seemingly divergent views within his administration and its many institutions about the region’s problems, most recently the Qatar crisis.   A lengthy interview with Trump was broadcast at the weekend by the US TV channel CBN. Among other things, he touched on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s four-day shuttle in which he tried to... المزيد
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Retired MI5 Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘I Killed Princess Diana’

Retired MI5 Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘I Killed Princess Diana’
An 80-year-old retired MI5 agent, John Hopkins, has made a series of astonishing confessions since he was released from hospital in London on Wednesday and told he has weeks to live. Hopkins claims to have been involved in 23 assassinations for the British intelligence agency between 1973 and 1999, including Princess Diana.  Mr. Hopkins, who worked for M15 for 38 years as an operative, claims he was often used as an hitman by the agency, to discreetly assassinate individuals considered a threat to the domestic security of the United Kingdom. Trained as both a mechanical engineer and munitions expert, Mr. Hopkins claims he also has extensive experience of less... المزيد
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The Arabs Group Acheivement Awards 2016

The Arabs Group Acheivement Awards 2016
The winners specialties for Best Arabs in the World ranged this year (2016) from Science, invention, innovation to art, literature and fashion design. List of the winners included the following: 1.         Noureldin Mohamed Abdelaal Ahmed (Egypt) has won “Best Arab Young Innovator in the World 2016” for his creation of the fastest internet on Earth (The parallel network) which exceeds the current internet speed by 32 times and impossible to be hacked. 2.         Fawzi Berrahma (Algeria) has won “Best Arab Young Inventor in the World 2016” for his invention or the solar wireless mobile phone charger. 3.... المزيد
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