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Dubai ports feed global appetite for dates

Source : CNN / 1 Jan 2013

Dates have been an integral part of the culture and identity of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since ancient times.

In the past four decades, production has increased nearly a hundredfold with dates carefully harvested by hand from more than 40 million palm trees across the country.

The UAE is currently the world's fifth largest producer of dates, but it's not just homegrown fruit that you will find in the country's souks.


What is New in the Israel/Palestine Conflict

By Richard Falk | Foreign Policy Journal | 28 May 2012

Undoubtedly transfixed by the extraordinary developments throughout the Arab world since Mohamed Boazizi’s self-immolation on December 17, 2010: from Tahrir Square, to the NATO intervention in Libya, to bloody confrontations in Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain, to the eerie quiet in Algeria, to the relative and temporary calm in Morocco, there has been a widespread few have noticed that the Israeli/Palestine conflict has changed its character in fundamental respects during the last couple of years.


Middle East is in a state of flux

By Abdullah Al Shayji | Gulf News | 28 May 2012

Last week major developments unfolded before our eyes. Some of those events were unprecedented, like the historic Egyptian presidential election that has raised the bar for other Arab republics by emboldening ordinary Arabs.


Free Speech Vs. Israel

By Mahmoud El-Yousseph | Iviews | 17 Apr 2012

On April 4, 2012, an 84-year-old German writer and Nobel literature prizewinner Gunter Grass published the poem: "What Must Be Said" ("Was gesagt werden muss") in several European newspapers. In this poem Grass expressed concern, that an Israeli military strike against Iran could "wipe out people of Iran". In response, Israel declared him persona non grata . Not welcome to Israel.


The 'Arab spring' and the west: seven lessons from history

| The Guardian/UK | 19 Dec 2011

There's a real sense in which, more than any other part of the former colonial world, the Middle East has never been fully decolonised. Sitting on top of the bulk of the globe's oil reserves, the Arab world has been the target of continual interference and intervention ever since it became formally independent.


Will Israel Attack Iran?

By Ronen Bergman : The New York Times | 25 Jan 2012

As the Sabbath evening approached on Jan. 13, Ehud Barak paced the wide living-room floor of his home high above a street in north Tel Aviv, its walls lined with thousands of books on subjects ranging from philosophy and poetry to military strategy. Barak, the Israeli defense minister, is the most decorated soldier in the country’s history and one of its most experienced and controversial politicians. He has served as chief of the general staff for the Israel Defense Forces, interior minister, foreign minister and prime minister. He now faces, along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and 12 other members of Israel’s inner security cabinet, the most important decision of his life — whether to launch a pre-emptive attack against Iran.


Russia vows to block Western intervention in Syria

By Arabtimesonline | 19 Jan 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's powerful allies in Russia are vowing to block any Western attempts to intervene militarily in Syria as Damascus fights off an increasingly chaotic 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad.


The Next War on Washington’s Agenda

By Paul Craig Roberts |Counterpunch| 12 Jan 2012

Only the blind do not see that the US government is preparing to attack Iran. Washington has deployed missiles directed at Iran in its oil emirate puppet states, Oman and the UAE, and little doubt in the other US puppet states in the Middle East. Washington has beefed up Saudi Arabia’s jet fighter force.


Islamist dilemma confronts Jordan

By Osama Al Sharif | Gulf News | 11 Jan 2012

Government's inability to find common ground with political opposition on the nature and pace of reforms is sowing the seeds for civil unrest.


US: Land of War

By Michael Carmichael |Informationclearinghouse|1 Jan 2012

December 28, 2011 “Planetary Movements” — Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here amongst all of you lovely people working together for peace. In fact, since we are the Elders for Peace, we are all veterans of the perpetual war against peace. Our side never wins, but we still keep working just the same. Never winning, because peace versus war is not a game. We are working for the survival of not only the human race, or even our tiny planet.


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