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Israel-Palestine: The Unattainable Peace

Foreign brokers seem unwilling to pressure Israel BY Ben White October 2015 was one of the bloodiest months in Palestine/Israel since the Second Intifada, with 69 Palestinian fatalities (including some 40 attackers or alleged attackers) and 7,392 injuries, along with eight Israeli fatalities and 115 injuries. The number of Palestinians injured mainly during anti-occupation protests across the

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In The Eye Of The Storm

BY Safa Joudeh Over the past month, two separate attacks on on scores of tourists have taken place on Egyptian soil. The tragedies should have kicked off some serious soul-searching, and counter-terrorism tactics ought to have come under scrutiny. But the unexpected has happened. An accidental military airstrike on a convoy of Mexican tourists, and

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Health Concerns Rise with Garbage Piles

Sounding the Alarm As Lebanese Streets Drown in Trash BY Mostapha Raad Until mid October 2015, the Health Ministry registered 460 cases across Lebanon versus 364 cases in 2014. Lebanon’s waste management crisis is approaching its four-month mark with no end in sight. Following the first rains, tons of trash bags which have been piling

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How The UAE’s Model Works

Emirati Tolerance: A Necessary Role Model for a Beleaguered Middle East BY Habib Al-Mulla Wherever one looks in the Middle East region, it is difficult to see beyond the impact of extremism on religion, culture, education, and politics. Hatred, wars, anarchy, sectarianism, instability, and crises define perceptions both within and outside the area; extremism seems

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Saudi Arabia: The Bold And The Dutiful

Saudi Arabia Shuffles its Geopolitical Card BY Leila Hatoum Over the past century, three countries have led the Middle East’s political hegemony: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran. But never, has the Kingdom, since the days of King Faisal —who cut off Saudi oil from the West—  been as assertive and firm in its stand and

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Kuwait’s Christian Citizens

Some 264 Kuwaiti Christians live in Kuwait to date BY  Abdullah  Alelyan It is rare for anyone to speak of non-Muslim minorities who are citizens of the Arab Gulf states. The homogeneous Muslim fabric of this oil-rich region remains the only media-portrayed image which the world sees. In 2008, Houda Nonoo was appointed as Bahrain’s

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Arab Youth, Arab Fathers: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan on Parenting

An Arab father imparts his thoughts BY H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan IN ALL CULTURES, fathers are important figures. In our region especially, children are expected to listen to their wisdom so that they may be guided toward more fulfilling lives. These days, I suspect that many a father in our region is uncertain about

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The Cradle Rocks the Vote

Umm al-Dunya, the “cradle of civilization” as the Middle East has it, heads to the ballot box By Safa Joudeh   Traffic flowed seamlessly through the streets of the middle-class Dokki district near Cairo on Monday evening.  The initial round of voting for Egypt’s first parliament in three years had come to an end in

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Palestine: A Third Intifada?

Jerusalem on the brink By Ben White It was just after midday on Oct. 5, 13-year-old Abd Al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah was standing with friends in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. Young Palestinians had been throwing stones at the Israeli occupation forces stationed nearby when, without warning, a soldier fired two live bullets. Abd Al-Rahman was

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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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