March 25, 2012

Carmen Suleiman: Winner takes all did not apply. Both finalists wished each other the prize in a saccharine  display of graceful sportsmanship combined with Arab warmth, ahead of the final showdown. Consensus agreed that both girls, the Moroccan talent voicebox, and the Egyptian young starlet were deserving winners that did the Arab world proud.
10:41 GMT

The final show-down for Arab Idol was not without all the drama and Arab sentiment that such a show fittingly warrants. Egypt's deserving winner was Carmen Suleiman. Here is a round-up of the best bits in pictures.

March 23, 2012

Ahlam gets judged at trouser-gate: The UAE judge got the Arab judging treatment, with viewers all trouser talk! Her unseemly tighter than tight 'Cameltoe' trousers (pants) got more mentions than the singing stars. Her answer to the media the morning after: 'Are you here to watch & vote for the talented contestants or to comment on my clothes?'
10:30 GMT

Here are some reminders of the talking points, ahead of today's final showing of Arab Idol.

March 15, 2012

North Moroccans protest
11:14 GMT

Morocco's sleepy awakening could be about to get its caffeine fix and join in the revolution of its North African brothers and Levant rebels.

February 28, 2012

Credit cards
06:49 GMT

At the end of 2011, the number of credit cards in circulation in Morocco rose by 13.6 percent compared to 2010, reaching 8 million cards issued,

February 23, 2012

07:41 GMT

The Moroccan tourism sector remained stable in 2011 in spite of the Arab Spring and the instability it has created.

February 18, 2012

As Bashar al Assad follows in father's footsteps (the late Haafez al Assad had blood on his hands from Hama '82), keeping a deathly watch over his people as they are slaughtered, we ask what became of his Hippocratic oath. Assad Junior trained to save lives & sight as an eye doctor: medical care not military devastation was his calling.
22:31 GMT

Firmly into 2012, how are the Arab revolutions developing? We check in with some of the Arab protest pictures to gauge to what extent they have reached revolution saturation, or on the contrary are just getting started.

February 6, 2012

Sabeen Atallah, the hot Lebanese act, is dazzling the fans and seducing 2012 already with her music. She has in the past been professionally involved with the Rahbanis (Ghassan and Elias) and has also collaborated with Marwan Khoury.
15:08 GMT

The latest happenings from the celebrity circles of the Middle East in pictures and words!

January 10, 2012

A Moroccan man of science -  Head of the Moroccan Institute of Studies and Research - no less, this year put out the fatwa (a shade on the morbid side of life) that a husband may still sleep with his wife even if she’s dead...We can only imagine what he has to say about marital rape then.
14:09 GMT

Here's a look back at some of the year's bizarre and controversial fatwas. Weird is the word! Some are a source for debate, others an invitation for mockery or bashing, and still others, fit into a class of their own as 'bogus' fatwas. Like the Saudi Muslim Sheikh who tried to ban an airport on account of its phallic design...

January 8, 2012

Mike Feghali: Keeps his telling eyes on Lebanon: 2012 sees electricity surge - better prices, less cuts. A Jewish heritage site will be discovered in Aqar; A religious miracle brings wondrous visitors to Lebanon; Even Liban is not immune to the smoking ban's reach. He foresees an international crime, on a scale bigger than 'Harriri'.
13:30 GMT

A run-down of the top predictions from the prominent men and women in their field of regional 'predicting' and fore-casting. These Arabian 'predictors', primarily for the Arab world but also for the global future, share some of their ominous foresights for the year ahead.

January 3, 2012

Abdelilah Benkirane
15:24 GMT

As expected, the King of Morocco appointed on Tuesday the members of the new government following the win of Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) in elections held late November.

December 31, 2011

The Syrian crisis has been escalating, and the last Friday of 2011 saw a climactic spate of protestor killings, using nail bombs. The opposition is defiant, and as the death toll rises so does the volume of protests - fortified in the knowledge that the Arab League (following sanctions) are in town on their mission to halt the regime crackdown.
16:41 GMT

As the year comes to close, many are relieved that a year of stormy clouds and unabated anger is behind us. Things can only get better or is there still worse to come? In 2011, it turned out that we could not forecast the range of violent weather, nor could we predict the rage of people. From the Gulf to the Caucuses, and from the USA to Japan the world felt pain in 2011.

December 27, 2011

Morocco king
08:25 GMT

The Central Bank of Morocco expects an economic growth of 4% to 5% next year.

December 18, 2011

07:16 GMT

Since the outset of this year, small French and Spanish firms have raided the Moroccan market.

November 26, 2011

06:39 GMT

The turnout at the first parliamentary elections in Morocco following the approval of a new constitution in July reached 45%

August 30, 2011

Morocco king
07:37 GMT

The 2012 fiscal law may be ready before the early legislative elections which are expected to take place on 25 November.