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The Real War-Torn Yemen

A bleak future awaits Yemenis who’ve been impoverished by armed conflicts By Yasser Rayes  In 2014, Iran-backed Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) launched an offensive that took over most of northern Yemen, an event which was followed by a series of negotiations under pressure from neighboring countries to back off. One year later, on March

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Op-ed: GOA and BRICS Faultlines

By Waqar K. Kauravi Since the assumption of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s government (BJP) in New Delhi in 2014, India under the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist turned Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has experimented every tactic to cow down the government’s prime adversary Pakistan. Unlike in the past, India’s nefarious pursuit has witnessed

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Minority Report: The Tech Life

Advanced wearable devices make exchanging information easier By Leila Hatoum  Walking around Dubai’s GITEX exhibition this year, nothing from the wide array of “tech” products on display caught my attention, or enticed me enough to stop and ask questions. The event itself is the largest technology exchange and marketplace for Middle East and Africa, with

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MENASA Women: Breaking Glass Ceilings

The importance of male allies in the struggle for gender parity By Arfa Shahid “We don’t give women their rights in the form of charity. Women’s rights are not at the discretion of men—they are inherent,” said Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. I met Yousafzai ahead of his panel discussion at

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Business Outlook: GCC to Introduce VAT

VAT 101: The value added tax simplified BY Rakesh Pardasani News that the UAE and its Arab gulf counterparts will introduce a value added tax (VAT) by the year 2018 has generated heightened discussions on the topic. While some were skeptic that the move will ever see light, many companies across the Arab Gulf region

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The Plight of Kuwaiti Women

Will the upcoming parliament see more female MPs? By Abdullah Alelyan On October 17, Kuwait’s Ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah recently disbanded the country’s National Assembly, also known as Kuwait’s Parliament, following a letter by the government citing the legislatives body’s lack of cooperation. Al Sabah also called for early parliamentary elections to be

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Technology in Education

Don’t underestimate technology’s role in personalized learning By Andy Turner It seems that for every generation, schooling can be defined in its own unique way. Where the chalkboard and abacus once ruled, the whiteboard and calculator came along to replace them—a prime example of just how transformational technology can be. Today, change is taking place once

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Business Outlook: The MBA Gets Up Close and Personal

By Randa Bessiso The MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree is still the preeminent business/general management qualification and is highly valued by a wide range of employers and recruiters. It is a general management qualification that equips students for a career in business management, helping them acquire a broad perspective on a wide range of areas

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MENA’s Private Education Sector: A Burgeoning Market

By Mansoor Ahmed “Probably the greatest social challenge for all of us is our youth – because they are our future. Without appropriate education and guidance, they will be lost souls, easily manipulated, and prone to being turned into a destructive element in society,” Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation

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The Problem With Kuwait’s Higher Education

One public university, not enough majors, and few seats for Masters and PhD students By Abdullah Alelyan Twelve years ago, Kuwait took a decision to build a new public university known as the Sabah Al Salem University City, better known as Shadadiyah University, to cope with the rising number of students seeking higher education in Kuwait.

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