Spotify launches streaming service in the Middle East

Spotify launches streaming service in the Middle East

Image copyright Getty Images Music streaming powerhouse Spotify has launched its service across the Middle East, hoping to tap into millions of digitally-connected consumers. Rumours about the service’s launch had been circulating for months. Spotify will face stiff competition from rivals already in operation. Executives from the company hope the service’s launch could cut down […]

Libya leaders arrive in Italy for peace talks

Libya leaders arrive in Italy for peace talks

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) meets with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj (R) for peace talks in Palermo (Reuters) The rulers of Libya’s rival east and west gathered at a summit for the first time in more than five months on Monday, a week after the United Nations buried plans to hold an election […]

Khashoggi's fiancee calls for worldwide funeral prayers on Friday

Khashoggi's fiancee calls for worldwide funeral prayers on Friday

Cengiz had waited for Khashoggi outside the Istanbul consulate which he had entered to obtain papers necessary to marry her (Reuters) Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz called on Sunday for Muslims across the world to say funeral prayers for the murdered journalist in all mosques this Friday. Cengiz especially called for the Janazah prayer to […]

Book explores mobile media disruption in Middle East

Book explores mobile media disruption in Middle East

How mobile media are changing the communication landscape in the Middle East is explored in a new book published under a research grant at Northwestern University in Qatar ( NU-Q). The book, Mobile Disruptions in the Middle East, co-authored by John V Pavlik, Everette E Dennis, Rachel Davis Mersey and Justin Gengler and published by […]

A new power broker in the Middle East

A new power broker in the Middle East

Oman is uniquely placed to prevent a seemingly inevitable march to war across the region, Richard Spencer reports new Sultan Qaboos’s foreign policy initiatives have set his country apart from his Gulf neighboursGetty Images The Times, November 9 2018, 5:00pm The Sultanate of Oman, a country whose geopolitical significance has always belied its palm tree-lined image […]

Deputy UN envoy to Middle East Peace Process arrives in Gaza

Deputy UN envoy to Middle East Peace Process arrives in Gaza

Jamie McGoldrick, UN Deputy Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, arrived in Gaza yesterday morning, passing through the Erez crossing, Quds Press reported. It is not clear whether his arrival is to arrange for a visit for the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, as part of the ongoing truce talks between […]

The Wedding Director Sam Abbas on What It's Like to Screen an LGBTQ Film in the Middle East

The Wedding Director Sam Abbas on What It's Like to Screen an LGBTQ Film in the Middle East

Earlier this year, the 25-year-old Egyptian-American filmmaker Sam Abbas made waves at the Berlin International Film Festival with the launch of his production company, ArabQ Films (pronounced “Arabic Films”), the first Arab-based production house solely dedicated to providing a platform for queer narratives within the Muslim and Middle Eastern communities. In and of itself, the […]

Future of the Middle East depends on justice for Jamal Khashoggi

Future of the Middle East depends on justice for Jamal Khashoggi

The most important question in the case of Jamal Khashoggi is whether Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, will be held accountable for what his regime acknowledges was a premeditated act of murder. Much of the available evidence points to the prince. We cannot find a Middle East expert who believes the official story […]

PA could collapse if Israel deducts martyrs' funds, UN warns

PA could collapse if Israel deducts martyrs' funds, UN warns

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov has warned Israel that the Palestinian Authority(PA) could collapse if stipends paid to Palestinians killed by Israel are deducted from tax revenue Israel collects on behalf of the PA, Israel Hayom reported yesterday. In May, the Israeli Knesset approved a law that allows the government to deduct the stipends the […]

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