January 13th Issue

Nimr Al Nimr: Anatomy of a Man

Why is the death of one person stirring all this tension? BY Ibrahim Fraihat SINCE RETURNING TO HIS VILLAGE in eastern Saudi Arabia in 1999, after having spent over a decade studying, teaching and preaching abroad (namely in Iran and Syria) Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al Nimr’s fiery speeches were causing considerable frustration to the Saudi government. Saudi Arabia hoped that with his execution in the first week of January this year would close the chapter on its tense relationship with the cleric but it only added strain to diplomatic tensions with Iran, seen as a strong supporter of Nimr, even though the cleric had denied holding ties to the Iranian regime. Following Nimr’s execution, the Arab Gulf region witnessed an instant division of political and diplomatic views. Much as he did in life, his death too saw a polarity in views. News of his death led to demonstrations and clashes across the region and world—namely by supporters in Iran in Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq an (Read More)

Inside Cover

Venturing Out

Gulf joint ventures in North East Asia: Will past investments bear fruit? By Omar Alubaydli Competition to supply the energy-hungry…

Features

Truth and Lies

Israel’s unwillingness to dismantle the settlements, crushes the ‘Palestinian State’ solution BY Ben White Ever since the the Israeli military…

Blurred Future

Golan residents find their loyalties being tested BY NOUR SAMAHA Earlier this month, under the cover of rain and thick…

Down Time

Totally Covered

Emaar chief: Insurance to cover loss of revenue due to the Address Downtown fire BY LEILA HATOUM Dubai’s real estate…

India’s Gatekeepers

Facebook’s battle for primacy in India has its detractors BY Padmaparna Ghosh Since mid-December, Indian newspapers have sported full-page advertisements…