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Cracking the Fake State

Can hackers and Western security services win the online war against Daesh? BY Mirren Gidda One day after the attacks in Paris on November 13—in which young men affiliated with Daesh killed a total of 130 people at six locations across the French capital—a video began making the rounds online. With its dramatic theme music

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For Freedom and Honor

Grief prevails despite victory as Yazidis mourn loved ones BY Mohammed A. Salih With a pistol hanging from his belt, Dilkash Murad walks into his own house on the eastern side of Sinjar, an Iraqi town that was occupied by the terrorist group Daesh last year. The ceiling is covered in smoke caused by repetitive battle

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First Among Equals

BY Omar Mohamed THE ANCIENT Chinese philosopher Mencius once said,  “A state without an enemy or external peril is absolutely doomed.” Today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is not faced with one enemy but a growing number of enemies. We have had to rethink our security architecture, our allies, and our integration in the wake

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Les Misérables

Are aid agencies in Lebanon profiting off the back of refugees? BY Martin Jay Huddled under makeshift ‘tent houses’ nestled in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are braced for a winter of bitter cold. Night falls on land bequeathed by the United Nations, where the tents are pitched. But the organisation itself appears to be

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Robotic Surgery

A Lebanese immigrant leads U.S. OB-GYN robotic surgeons BY Mostapha Raad Despite growing up in a troubled country where chances of having a better living and work standards are limited, Gaby Moawad managed to overcome his background and achieve new heights in the medical field outside his homeland. Moawad, a 39 year-old immigrant from Lebanon,

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The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The turf war over Tuz Khurmato won’t let up BY Suadad Al Salhy On Nov. 12, as Kurdish and Yazidi forces backed by the U.S.-led military coalition and Iraqi air force attempted to retake the northern city of Sinjar from Islamic militants, violence erupted between two traditional Iraqi allies in Tuz Khurmato, 108 miles north of

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Prison Break

The city of Taiz in Yemen has turned into a veritable prison for its residents BY Nasser Al Sakkaf After Houthi rebels had ousted the government in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa last year, they set their sights on the provinces, confident of victory. But the rebels have faced stubborn resistance in many of these

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On Solid Ground

Kashmir promotes promising investment opportunities BY Arfa Shahid Dubai’s real estate developer, Emaar, is eyeing possible investment opportunities in India’s Kashmir region, a top Kashmir official told Newsweek Middle East. In an exclusive interview with the Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (Jnk), Haseeb Drabu, the minister said he held “talks” with Emaar’s chief over

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Music from a Bygone Era

An archivist turns his love of ancient music from the region to an institute that is dedicated to preserving songs and sounds from the past BY Nour Samaha Nestled deep in the mountains of Lebanon, hidden almost completely out of view, is an old house with a lush garden that overlooks one of the valleys

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Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

Russian involvement in Syria welcomed by Hezbollah BY Nour Samaha “The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even

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