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  • Jan 29th, 2012 - 15:27 GMT

    Syria's external links: As the Syrian 'lion' rages and the regime's clampdown on opposition forces scores an alarming death-toll, the media is ridden with questions addressing the peculiar deadlock or impasse in this Arab Spring country. Since international players often seem to 'help' to determine the fate of Arab regimes, it may be prudent to examine who exactly is set to profit from this regime's seeming inevitable demise, or else retention of power should the Arab League's (shaky) Peace Plan be implemented. Which countries of the region and transregionally are praying for Al Assad's removal, and which would far rather he hung around?
  • Jan 24th, 2012 - 15:13 GMT

    On the eve of January 25th, the anniversary for Egypt's awe-inspiring "Jan 25" Revolution, we look back on a year ripe with burgeoning change and one long stop-starting protest: The road from Mubarak to SCAF to Islamists, and a revolution reaffirmed.
  • Jan 22nd, 2012 - 10:39 GMT

    Al Bawaba's pickings of some of the more colorful Tweeps operating in the Middle Eastern Twitter-sphere include friendly Lebanese politicians and singers to the actively engaged Emirs and Queens of the region. Which Arab politicians or celebrities are dominating the Twitter-verse?
  • Jan 16th, 2012 - 09:01 GMT

    Masses of Tunisians marched in peaceful triumph Saturday Jan 14, 2012, to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution that ended the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali — and indisputably sparked uprisings around the Arab world. Arab dignitaries too were out for the occasion of professing their pro-revolution stance, joining their hands in recognizing the momentous events that precipitated an Arab Spring. How far has Tunisia come along, and what is the legacy left behind for Arabs and the world?
  • Jan 10th, 2012 - 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...
  • Jan 8th, 2012 - 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.
  • Jan 3rd, 2012 - 14:15 GMT

    A preview of what the new year of 2012 holds in store for you, according to your star signs. Al Bawaba includes the additional feature, noting distinguished public figures or celebrities belonging to each Zodiac sign.
  • Jan 2nd, 2012 - 10:36 GMT

    Spectacular displays of an assortment of firework displays welcoming in the New Year of 2012.
  • Dec 31st, 2011 - 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.
  • Dec 29th, 2011 - 21:19 GMT

    A reminder in brief of the tumultuous news schedule of the year passed. 2011 saw news churned out globally at such a rate that had viewers transfixed to their TV screens, computers and phones for constant updates. In no order of importance or calendar chronology, Al Bawaba offers you its very own review in montage of the year in two parts.