April 20th Issue

Saudi Arabia: In The Driver’s Seat

Obama’s making nice. But it may not be enough to salvage his track record in the Gulf By Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla At the beginning of his first term, U.S. President Barack Obama’s regional tour targeted Egypt in 2009, just one year prior to the outbreak of the Arab Spring. He wanted to engage in dialogue with the Arab world and thought that Cairo was the right place at that time. Even White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated that Egypt was chosen because “it is a country that in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world.” Egypt was a key player in the Middle East peace process as well as a major recipient of U.S. military and economic aid. On his way to Cairo, Obama stayed overnight at the late Saudi King Abdullah’s ranch, outside Riyadh. While there, the two leaders discussed peace and economic affairs. The next day, Obama gave a speech at Cairo University. Obama (Read More)

Inside Cover

Bangladesh: Poisoned Chalice

Bangladesh has a water problem: Arsenic. And the government isn’t helping By Aarti Betigeri For decades, villagers in large parts…

Features

Ethiopia: Wild South

Ethiopia’s newest entertainment channel reclaims its audience from Arab competitors By Habiba Hamid It’s said that fortune favors the bold;…

Marrakesh: Rites of Passage

The Marrakesh Declaration marks a new chapter in religious freedom BY Asma Uddin In the 13th century, when the Mongols…

Witnessing OPEC’s Demise

BY Dr. Nasser Saidi With oil prices down by some 70 percent from mid-2014 and touching multi-year lows, economies across…

The Libya Effect

North Africa and  Europe are threatened by Libya’s instability By Nicholas Noe Five years on from the start of the…

Down Time

UAE: Lighting the Way

A UAE-based lamp maker finds inspiration in pipes, wood and glass BY Leila Hatoum “Larry just sits around all day,…