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Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem
Dec06

Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem

The European Union’s response to US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem has been met with cold fury in senior EU echelons, with one political analyst in conversation with The Middle East in Europe describing the development as “yet another American own goal.” In private conversations shared with The Middle East in Europe, EU officials warned the United States in the event could be the ultimate loser if...

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Arabic fiction award goes to—a Briton
Apr27

Arabic fiction award goes to—a Briton

As art prizes go, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction is no ordinary trinket. It comes with $50,000 cash plus an unusual guarantee that the winning book will not just be rewarded but also be translated and published in English for a start, with translations in other languages no doubt to follow. This week (26 April 2016) IPAF’s 2016 edition was won by Rabai Al-Madhoun, a Londoner and a Briton via Palestine, for his novel,...

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Book Review: PARALLELS AND PARADOXES: Explorations in Music and Society
Oct04

Book Review: PARALLELS AND PARADOXES: Explorations in Music and Society

Few outside his immediate circle would have foreseen that soon after the publication of this highly original book on music, there will be requiems in mourning for Edward Said worldwide, writes Sajid Rizvi. The fighting philosopher died in New York in September 2003 after a long battle with leukaemia at the tender age of 67—tender in proportion to his intellectual rigour. The book’s seemingly innocuous title and its tentative subtitle...

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