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Jordan releases jihadi cleric and Isis critic after group’s murder of pilot. Jordan has released an influential jihadi cleric and fierce critic of Isis in the wake of outrage over the group’s brutal killing of the air force pilot who was captured while bombing targets in Syria.

Jordan releases jihadi cleric and Isis critic after group’s murder of pilot

Security sources in Amman confirmed to Reuters that Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi had been freed from prison – triggering immediate speculation that the intention is to encourage him to speak out against Isis, which now controls large areas of neighbouring Syria and Iraq. Maqdisi is to be interviewed on the local TV channel, Roya TV, on Friday, the channel said on Thursday night.

Reuters said the release had been ordered by the state security prosecutor. Jihadi sources said that he had in fact been freed before news emerged of the pilot’s death. Maqdisi, a Palestinian-born preacher who is seen as a spiritual mentor of al-Qaida, was detained last year and denounced Isis publicly for creating its so-called caliphate.

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What it’s like for an Arab to go on vacation. I have a full-time job.

What it’s like for an Arab to go on vacation

By Jordanian standards I have a decent job – as a presenter on the drivetime programme of a local radio station. Once a year I feel entitled to go on a summer vacation and for a week or two forget about everything else that matters. And why shouldn’t I? Oh right, cause I’m an Arab… Your average hard worker with a first world citizenship will pick a destination, purchase a plane ticket, book a hotel (maybe), go on holiday and return to their routine feeling fulfilled. As an Arab – a Jordanian at least – it’s a little more complicated: Step 1. Step 2. Step 4. Step 3. Step 4. Ifikra : Twitter user kidnapped 12 hours...

Arab Spring - Le Printemps arabe

Saudi Arabia - Arabie Saoudite. United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Émirats arabes unis. La géostratégie expliquée aux blondes - L'Orient c'est Moyen. Amie blonde, tu sais qu'il existe d'autres pays que celui où tu résides.

La géostratégie expliquée aux blondes - L'Orient c'est Moyen

Si tu le sais, quand même, n'exagères pas. Notamment certains qui sont situés entre l'occident et l'orient. C'est pour ça qu'on appelle la région le Moyen-Orient. Non j'explique pour les cas avancés. Prends deux des pays de cette région au hasard. Et l'Egypte, celui ou vas faire youpilalala dans des hôtels clubs maritimes avec boissons incluses. Imagine qu'à la tête de ces deux pays, il y a un gros méchant dictateur tout vilain. Pour que tu ailles faire youpilalala dans des hôtels clubs maritimes avec boissons incluses du pays sans trop te poser de questions.

Et que même ton ministre des affaires étrangères t'affirme que le dictateur est un mec vachement sympa. Ca explique beaucoup de choses. Donc en Tunisie, les gens en ont assez de voir les touristes faire youpilalala en maillot de bain alors qu'on leur interdit justement de le faire.Et il s'énervent et virent le dictateur. Oui, mais non, ça ne va pas du tout. Where to Buy Booze in the Middle East - Elizabeth Weingarten - International.

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council are notorious for their stringent alcohol laws.

Where to Buy Booze in the Middle East - Elizabeth Weingarten - International

But while you can't legally sip a gin and tonic in Saudi Arabia, you can in Dubai -- if you have a license, and you're not Muslim. In Qatar, it's trickier still: You can only order that glass of Pinot Grigio in one of Doha's glossy four or five-star hotels. Confused? The Gulf Blog, written by David Roberts (a Qatar specialist and foreign policy Ph.D. candidate at Durham University in the UK), offers this informative map and guide to the region's alcohol policies:

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Information in the Middle East. Iraq / Irak. Egypt - Égypte. Iran, you ran, they ran... Israel. Palestine. Israelo Palestinian conflict de canard. Liban - lebanon. Syrie - Syria. Yémen - Yemen. Turkey - Turquie. Kurdistan. Tunisie.