Amazing art project brings graffiti art to Tunisia’s tallest minaret.

French-born Tunisian artist eL Seed is currently suspended 57 meters in the air in an effort to paint Tunisia’s largest graffiti mural on the country’s tallest minaret, located at the Jara Mosque in the south-eastern industrial city of Gabès. Reacting to the recent clashes between religious sects and the art community in Tunisia, the artist embarked…

Barjeel Foundation in Sharjah hosts important discussion on artists and nationalism.

The Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is fast developing a reputation not only for great art exhibitions, but also for stimulating discussions where the message behind the art is discussed and analysed. On Saturday it hosted a discussion on the theme “Drawing Nationalism. Where do Artists belong?” Dennis Sammut attended the event and shares…

The issue of religious minorities in Muslim countries causes controversy.

Senior Sunni relgious leaders in the Muslim world have clashed over the role of Christian communities in Muslim countries. Mehmet Görmez, Head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, has sharply criticized Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh of Saudi Arabia, for comments the latter made during a meeting with a delegation from the Kuwait-based Society of…

Graphic pictures from the “Arab Spring” greet NATO MPs at their meeting in Marseille

Members of Parliament and experts from NATO countries and partner states in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe started a three-day meeting in the French Mediterranean City of Marseille today, during which they will consider ways to engage with changes that have been happening in the Arab region since January of last year. Graphic pictures from events in…

Bahrain hosts large war games amidst internal and external tensions

One hundred jet fighters from 10 countries screamed across the Bahrain’s skies yesterday as part of the “Initial Link” exercise 2012, organized by the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF). The major military exercise is part of the Royal Bahraini Air Force’s (RBAF) training programme.  This year’s drill is the biggest since 1988.  Participating countries include Saudi Arabia, the…

A decision on an American Missile shield for the GCC is expected in June, but not everybody is happy.

The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the United States have agreed to build a regional missile defence architecture, Bahrain’s foreign minister has said. Details of the agreement and the final decision by the GCC member states and the US will be taken in June, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said in remarks published by…