Noble acquires newbuild Paxocean jackup for Middle East contract

Noble acquires newbuild Paxocean jackup for Middle East contract

September 24th, 2018 Grant Rowles Europe, Offshore 0 comments UK-headquartered offshore driller Noble Corporation has acquired a Gusto MSC CJ46 design jackup rig from PaxOcean Group, and will use it for a new drilling contract in the Middle East. Noble is paying $93.75m for the rig, with $33.75m being […]

Israel orders Khan al-Ahmar residents to clear village by 1 October

Israel orders Khan al-Ahmar residents to clear village by 1 October

Israeli forces arrested dozens of people during a protest against the Khan al-Ahmar demolition earlier this month (AFP) Israeli forces have handed out notices telling residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, to clear their homes by 1 October or be forcibly removed.  Sunday’s notice addressed the “Inhabitants of Khan […]

Giuliani calls for new Iranian 'revolution' at anti-government rally

Giuliani calls for new Iranian 'revolution' at anti-government rally

US President Donald Trump’s close ally and lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, called time on Iran’s religious leaders (MEE/James Reinl) NEW YORK, United States – US President Donald Trump’s close ally and lawyer Rudy Giuliani spoke of “revolution” and the “overthrow” of Iran’s ruling clerics at a rally of anti-government Iranian Americans on Saturday as the administration […]

Salt Houses: Tackling Israel-Palestine with a poet's licence

Salt Houses: Tackling Israel-Palestine with a poet's licence

Hala Alyan’s debut novel, Salt Houses (2017), covers the wanderings of a Palestinian refugee family’s four generations across Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, France and the US, from the Nakba until the present day. Each slice of the artful narrative centres around a meaningful moment in a family member’s life. The interconnected vignettes create a three-dimensional artwork […]

Behind the scenes of the Turkey-Russia Idlib deal

Behind the scenes of the Turkey-Russia Idlib deal

Putin and Erdogan met in Sochi on 17 September ten days after their trilateral summit in Tehran with Iranian president Rouhani. (Reuters) A deal to prevent a Syrian government assault on Idlib, the last rebel-held province, has been hailed by all sides in the conflict for averting catastrophe for the local population of 3 million. […]

PM Imran offers role to heal Middle East conflicts

PM Imran offers role to heal Middle East conflicts

PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Saudi Arabia and offered to play a reconciliatory role to end all conflicts in the Middle East, which were ‘weakening us all’. “In the Middle East, we will like (to play a) reconciliatory role to bring the Muslim world together. This will be […]

The paranoid world of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

The paranoid world of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

“Just because you are paranoid does not mean they aren’t after you.” Fifty seven years after Joseph Heller wrote his anti-war classic Catch 22, this could be the motto of the man who runs Egypt. Paranoia has become more than a state of mind for the officer who once cringed before his superiors and who […]

Israeli forces fatally shoot Palestinian teenager in Gaza

Israeli forces fatally shoot Palestinian teenager in Gaza

Israeli forces fatally shot a Palestinian teenager in southern Gaza late on Wednesday, the health ministry in the besieged enclave said. A spokesperson for the ministry identified the victim as 15-year-old Mumin Abu Ayeda. Ayeda was participating in nighttime demonstrations as a part of the Great March of Return protest campaign. He was shot in […]

Here are the Oscar contenders from the Middle East

Here are the Oscar contenders from the Middle East

With Monday night’s Emmys already in the bag, the annual award season is underway, and while October 1 is the deadline for nominations for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, the nominations from the region are already flowing in. Sadly, the Gulf states have so far not nominated a film – countries are […]

The Broken Pieces of Middle East Peace

The Broken Pieces of Middle East Peace

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Camp David accords — the high-water mark of Middle East peacemaking. How far we have fallen since then. It makes you weep. Rather than a breakthrough, Israelis and Palestinians seem to be inching closer and closer to a total breakdown. Without some dramatic advance, there is a […]

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