September 23, 2012

Will shale gas drive the Tunisian economy forward?
12:41 GMT

Tunisia is considering producing shale gas in an effort to cope with rising demand coupled with a drop in traditional oil stock, although the Industry Ministry has denied claims that permits have already been granted.

September 20, 2012

The Tunisian economy is facing increased fragility
10:34 GMT

The Tunisian economy is becoming increasingly fragile, warned the Board of Directors of the Tunisian Industry and Handicrafts Union (UTICA), citing recent events and declining confidence from foreign investors.

The Saudi King and the Egyptian President have met several times since Morsi's election, as the oil-rich Kingdom offers substantial financial aid packages
09:21 GMT

The oil-rich Saudi Kingdom illustrated it's financial might by supporting post-Arab Spring with financial aid, as other nations in the region also receive substantial packages.

September 18, 2012

Pope won't be dragged into Lion's Den: May 2001 saw Pope John Paul II congregating with Bashar al Assad - that very fellow of the murderous dynasty. While the crafty host tried to seduce the Catholic Pontiff into taking an anti-Israel stance, the Pope wasn't playing ball, staying clear of 'Anti-Semitic' remarks dredging up bad Holy Land memories.
14:57 GMT

Papal Middle Eastern tours across the ages: How have the reigning Pope Bennedict XVI and the late Pope John Paul II fared in the Holy Land? The Pope pontificates from Lebanon to Morocco as we take a look at papal Middle East tours past and present.

Tourism is helping to revive the Tunisian economy, but reform is needed, says World Bank
08:43 GMT

The Tunisian economy has recently posted improved indicators in several areas of the economy, although the World Bank has suggested that the situation could be better if reforms are carried out

September 16, 2012

The Voice judges.
14:20 GMT

The hotly hyped new Arab talent show is set to begin but contestants will be heard, not seen.

September 15, 2012

Protest in Tunis
06:51 GMT

Tens of thousands of Muslims demonstrated Friday across the Arab world to denounce anti-Islamic film, made in the United States. At least six people were killed in Tunisia, Sudan and Lebanon.

September 11, 2012

Saba Mubarak during a scene from 'Mamlakat al-Naml' (The Kingdom of Ants).
14:05 GMT

Director Chawki al-Mejri's new film Mamlakat al-Naml (The Kingdom of Ants), is set to share the deep-rooted traditions of Palestinians with Lebanese audiences.

September 4, 2012

Tunisian women of the revolution - is it really 'V' for victory nearly two years on?
13:12 GMT

We take a look back to see how the revolutionary pioneers have fared after the dust has settled and their new government has had time to make changes.

August 31, 2012

Kuwait: The Gulf state won't be arranging mass tweet-ups anytime soon. Even the ruling family aren't spared from the arrests as the Kuwaiti government cracks down on politically critical tweets. Sheikh Meshaal al-Malek al-Sabah was the latest victim, detained for his "outrageous views" online.
15:05 GMT

The Middle East's internet crackdown: For Arabs those wild days of internet freedom to blog boldly may be counted. As we write, countries in the region are clamping down on their citizen's right to surf with abandon as they introduce laws to censor and curb their online enthusiasm.

August 30, 2012

Dorra Zarrouk
12:25 GMT

Giving up a career in economics and political sciences was a gamble that has certainly paid off for Dorra Zarrouk. The Tunisian actress, who is commonly known by her first name only!

August 28, 2012

Libya: It was all going so well as elections ended on a post-Gaddafi-high of optimism for the liberal future. But then the Salafis started bulldozing moderate Sufi mosques. Facebook extremist groups popped up to congratulate the Salafis but most Libyan were unimpressed and the interior minister was forced to resign.
15:23 GMT

As the Arab Spring's rallying cry for change seems to have been answered with Islamist power-takers, we look at how the Arab world has responded, particularly over the last couple of weeks. Was the clean sweep of Islamist governments what the Arab people wanted? Arabs seem to be fighting back with a resurgence of protests, and an Islamist backlash. The people are generally unhappy with the free-for-all chaos of unbridled Salafi mayhem and destruction that has arisen in the power vacuum left by non-Islamic dictators.

August 21, 2012

Tunisia has achieved remarkable results in term of production of wheat.
09:57 GMT

Global financial lenders are advising countries to prepare for the possibility of higher food bills in the coming months.

August 20, 2012

El-Seed says his minaret project makes art visible as an actor in the process of Tunisia's cultural and political change
11:35 GMT

A number of recent attacks on creative freedom and the scope of artistic expression have sparked substantial debate in Tunisia. French-born Tunisian graffiti artist El-Seed has attempted to relieve the tension by completing Tunisia's largest mural on the Jara Mosque.

August 16, 2012

Jordan has a handful of cafes that stay open during the fasting hours of the holy month and those who need to, usually make it their business to find them. Shops are open, but you are offered a black bag to conceal your illicit day time groceries. Drinking water in public carries a penalty or prison sentence. At best a ticking off by a policeman.
12:57 GMT

The Middle East region presents varying challenges to these Ramadan victims, who are either not required to partake or who chose to opt out of their religious obligations. Here is Al Bawaba's cross-section of the Arab world's various approaches toward Ramadan - from the strictest to the more lenient and free-fasting.