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Opinion: A New Middle East Doctrine

By Maktoum Bin Butti Al Maktoum The Qatar situation in the Middle East is not a crisis, but a disaster in broader terms. Unfortunately, even the recent American State Department mediation efforts seem to have underestimated the situation, looking at it as merely a family feud between the brotherly countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council

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Opinion: The Saudi Big Bet

By Fadila Al Jaffal Mohammed bin Salman, who appeared on the stage two years ago with all the charisma of a Hollywood Arab prince, is also the decision-maker who drives difficult issues in his country, boldly breaking old taboos along his journey toward becoming an expert statesman and king. The people revere him as a

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A Nuclear Affair

BY Muhammad Riaz Pasha No one should be a nuclear supplier or a member of a nuclear supplier group  On June 15, more than 130 nations reconvened at the United Nations for the final session of negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. While the U.S. and other nuclear-armed and nuclear-allied nations boycotted this process,

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Education in the UAE: A School Principal Pens Her Thoughts

By Sheikha Deemas Yohan Al Yeris Al Subosi My belief that the foundation of a strong state rests in the education of it’s youth and my passion as an educationist motivated me to start my career as a teacher in the UAE. I stepped into my role in education on September 18, 1973. It led me

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Why Devote an Entire Day to Honor Girlhood?

By Meera Damji October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl, which the United Nations began commemorating in 2011. Every year, this day is celebrated to honor the girl child.  But, have you ever wondered why it is so important to celebrate girls? Why do we dedicate an entire day just honor girlhood? Well,

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Lest We Forget: My Experience at the Muslim Jewish Conference

By Aleena Khan It is a part of ancient Jewish tradition to leave a small stone or pebble at a grave. While there are various perspectives on why one leaves a visitation stone, what everyone agrees on is that a stone will never die. Unlike flowers, a stone is permanent, something that signifies more than

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Cracking The Crisis

EXCLUSIVE TO NEWSWEEK MIDDLE EAST By Hala Fadel Technology can and must address the tremendous challenges posed by the worst refugee crisis in recent history Some problems are so big, you don’t even know where to start. The refugee crisis is a problem of this magnitude. With the refugee population reaching around 20 million, governments are

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From Reassurance to Shared Interests: Bridging the Gulf at the Riyadh Summit

President Obama’s visit to the Gulf region  should serve as a reminder of the important partnership between the two players By Muath Al Wari and Elisa Catalano Ewers President Barack Obama’s meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Saudi Arabia this week is a previously scheduled follow-up to last year’s Camp

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Leading From The Front

Our Muslim homelands are at stake. And we’re tackling the challenge head on  By Brigadier General Ahmed Hassan Al Asiri For the first time in history, 39 Muslim nations have come together to establish a broad global military coalition with the sole aim of countering terrorism. From a Joint Command and Coordination Center in Riyadh,

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