Lebanon launches tourism revival campaign

Lebanon is slashing airfares and hotel rates this week in order to revive its tourism industry, which is reeling from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Middle East Airlines, the national carrier, is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent on selected packages for a 50-day period starting on Tuesday, while Fadi Abboud, the […]

GCC recognises new Syria opposition bloc

The Gulf Cooperation Council said Monday its six member states have recognised the newly formed National Coalition of the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. “The states of the council announce recognising the National Coalition for the Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition… as the legitimate representative of the brotherly […]

US warns Israel against pre-emptive strike on Iran

US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.

Syrian influx is cold comfort for Lebanon

Many of the Gulf visitors so crucial to Lebanon’s tourism and hospitality sectors have stayed away this year as the turmoil in neighbouring Syria has sent tremors through nearby Lebanon. But you wouldn’t know it from walking into Cafe Hamra, a restaurant on one of Beirut’s main commercial thoroughfares. Almost every table is full.

Time for a New Revolution in Lebanon?

Lebanon, the tiny country on the eastern end of the Mediterranean basin may be small in size, yet it faces huge problems.

Iranians protest against Saudi-Bahrain union plan

Thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday against plans for union between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, state television showed, and an influential cleric denounced the idea as an “ill-fated plot” that will never be tolerated by Muslims. Tension between Iran and U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states has run high in recent months with Arab leaders accusing Tehran […]

Syria’s neighbors funding, arming rebels, report

Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by the Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.