Features

The Real Victims

Daesh attacks civilians, including children fleeing Mosul By Cathy Otten Through a cloud of dust, Esme Jasim, 30 and her two children are carried from a black humvee and laid out on stretchers to be treated in a field clinic on Mosul’s eastern edge. Esme, a biologist from Mosul, can hear her 4-year-old daughter, Shahd screaming

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The Great Wilderness

Wildlife in Lebanon suffers from excessive hunting and human ignorance Pictures and story by Mostapha Raad Baloo the Syrian brown bear, does not know if it had any relatives living in the Lebanese wilderness. In fact, Baloo, 18, and his wife Teddy, 13, have been living alone for over a decade now, in a small house

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The Cave People of Palestine

Many Palestinians are forced to live underground By Maher Abukhater On a remote, barren hill overlooking Jordan Valley in the south of Palestine, Fadel Hamamdeh had set up a home in a cave. Hamamdeh, his wife and five children had been living in the cave since the Israeli military authorities told them that their two-room metal

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Business Outlook: Sustainable Energy Finance

Sustainable energy finance is an untapped potential in the MENA region By Mouayed Makhlouf For the people of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), climate change isn’t some abstract concept. It’s happening now. Drought, rising temperature, and dwindling water supplies have already begun to affect the region and, as global temperatures continue to rise, things are

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Along Calmer Frontlines

Can Daraa be a model for the rest of Syria? By Nour Samaha   The recently asphalted main government highway from Damascus to Daraa City is lined with high sand berms to limit any incoming sniper fire. At several intersections, the road has been diverted by large mounds of dirt or cement blocks, blocking travelers from accessing

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Fidel Castro: Farewell Comandante

The man who defied America, defeated by death BY Leila Hatoum At the age of 90, the man who defied 11 U.S. presidents, reportedly overcame over 600 assassination attempts by U.S. intelligence agencies, and brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war, finally succumbed to his death on November 25. With 49 years

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What Lies Beneath

Daesh’s underground tunnels derail the retake of Mosul By Suadad Al Salhy When Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi signaled the launch of the offensive to regain Mosul, the last and largest Iraqi city held by the terrorist militant group Daesh on October 16, Iraq’s military general involved in the operation were fairly optimistic. They did

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Seven Emirates, One Nation

The United Arab Emirates turns 45 on December 2nd By Arfa Shahid and Leila Hatoum In early February 1968, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, agreed to establish a union between their emirates. The idea had been debated long before 1968, and

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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The Trump Effect: Possible Recession

By Christopher Dembik Trump as President Could Surprise on the Upside The question that many investors have is whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory constitutes a real breach from the perspective of financial markets. Until now, the answer is no. No one has been able to predict the exact measures that Trump will implement once

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