“This region is not on my agenda. It is my agenda.”

“It is a common mistake among some Arab leaders to listen to their own voice.” By: Mohammad Salman Iqbal/Leila Hatoum IN 2004, one man stood firm in urging Arab leaders to introduce reforms within their states. Memorably, he advised them to “change or you will be changed eventually.” Six years later, a wave of national uprisings

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To Uphold an Oath

In an age of refugees, upholding medical ethics is no mean feat By Nicholas Noe Kos, Greece—At its zenith, Kos had once revolutionized the field of medical ethics. Hippocrates and his disciples had bestowed the world with a lasting gift: the pledge to do no “harm or injustice” to those in need of care. To

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Game of Isotopes: Are Iran’s prospects looking up?

A nuclear winter is (not) coming…just yet. Iran’s prospects are looking up By Roshanak Taghavi  LAST YEAR, the world of fantasy, much like reality, concerned itself often with the struggle for power: its use, abuse, and the mediation thereof. In the epic series Game of Thrones, petrified dragon eggs served as the weaponry of choice

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Pressing Matters: Media Coverage and the Arab Gulf States

Is the Western media biased in its reporting of Gulf affairs? By Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi   Over the past few years Western media’s negative coverage of the Arab Gulf states has increased so much that it is starting to look more like a rite of passage for some journalists and news organisations. Meanwhile, what’s notable

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The Curious Case of Yemen’s Alliances: Saleh Vs Houthis

Saleh described his skillful manipulation of Yemeni tribes as ‘dancing over the heads of snakes,’ but did the Snake Charmer finally run out of tricks? Or are the serpents still dancing to his flute? BY Ammar Aulaqi IN THE EARLY morning hours of May 10, 2015, Sana’a was rocked by five consecutive explosions. As clouds of

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Joanna Newsom’s High Dive

“Wikipedia is amazing,” exclaims Joanna Newsom. The harpist and songwriter likely won’t read the entry about herself, but she frequently dives down Wikipedia rabbit holes. “Reading something on Wikipedia will often send me off in a new direction,” she says. While living in New York’s Greenwich Village several years ago, for instance, Newsom found herself

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Russia Adds Crimean Cultural Sites to its Official Monuments List

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree to include more than 220 sites on the annexed Crimean peninsula on the list of monuments of cultural and historical significance to Russia. According to the document published on Tuesday on the Russian Cabinet Minister’s officialwebsite the Prime Minister has tasked the Ministry of Culture with

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How the World is Celebrating ‘Back to the Future’ Day

It’s Back to the Future Day and the world is very excited about it. October 21, 2015 is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in the sci-fi adventure film Back to the Future Part II, released in 1989. Celebrations have kicked off across the world and it’s not just avid movie fans

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Adele Confirms Highly-Anticipated Album ’25

British singer Adele confirmed that her highly-anticipated album will be called 25, in a statement published on her social media platforms on Wednesday. The singer, whose last album 21 sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, says 25 is about her transition into adulthood. “My last record was a break-up record,” Adele wrote in the message

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Comedian Chris Rock to Host Oscars Ceremony for Second Time

Comedian Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars ceremony in February, producers said on Wednesday, in his second stint at the helm of Hollywood’s biggest night. “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, who will produce the live telecast, said in a statement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer,

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