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Rough Landings: Ethiopia’s Jews

Thousands of Ethiopian Jews are waiting to emigrate to Israel—but earlier migrants warn of growing discrimination BY: Conor Gaffey and Jack Moore For five years, Avishai Baruch served proudly as an officer in the Israeli military. Since leaving active duty in 2003, he has been a willing reservist, ready to be called up whenever necessary.

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Kuwait’s Activists Risk Jail for Pushing the Limits on Social Media

  By Abdullah Alelyan Earlier this month, Sheikh Abdullah Salem Al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for slandering the ruler of the country in his tweets. A few days later, Kuwaiti social activist Sarah Al Idriss was detained based on the orders of the Public Prosecutor,

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Syrian Superbugs: The End of Antibiotics

Bashar Al Assad’s war in Syria could produce something far more deadly than DAESH: the end of antibiotics BY Peter Schwartzstein Mohammed Abu Ara is the face of a grave new threat, but propped up on his bed in an airy segregated hospital ward in Jordan, there’s not a hint of menace about him. With his

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Grand OId Party Pooper

An open letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on why backing Trump will gut the Republican Party for decades By Kurt Eichenwald Speaker Ryan: This presidential campaign has raised a few crucial questions, ones you are uniquely qualified to answer: What does the Republican Party stand for? And how much damage is it willing to inflict

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When Did Journalism Become So Humiliating?

All stunts and no brains! BY Zach Schonfeld On June 15, 2015, Brendan Klinkenberg ate a burrito. It was a breakfast burrito packed with eggs, bacon, avocado, beans and cheese. Several hours later, he ate a burrito for lunch. For dinner, a carnitas burrito. Klinkenberg repeated the diet—skipping breakfast—the following day. And the next day, and

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Much Ado About Culture

Dubai Opera to enrich the cultural scene in the emirate and the region BY Aida Al Busaidy In a week’s time from now, on August 31 to be exact, Arab and perhaps international opera enthusiasts are set to enjoy the very first show at the inauguration of the Dubai Opera. Tickets for the opening night

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Thirsty Gaza

Pollution, salinity and rationing are threatening Gaza’s water supply By Sami Abu Salem In Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza, children and old women carrying plastic bottles gather near water taps to fill them with drinking water from a newly established artesian well set up by the municipality. Dalal Awwad, an elderly Palestinian woman, who lives alone in a nearby house, says

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Strong Men in Love

A failed coup is pushing Turkish President Erdogan back into Putin’s arms By Owen Matthews Did Vladimir Putin’s spies save Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s life in the recent attempted coup? The theory first surfaced when Iran’s official Fars News Agency claimed that Russian security services tipped off their Turkish counterparts after picking up “highly sensitive army

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Egypt: Our Daily Bread

Egypt’s hive of small, unregulated businesses are keeping the nation afloat By Safa Joudeh A particular brand of urban entrepreneurship is keeping food on the table for millions, as a hard currency crisis has crippled Egypt’s business activity in recent months. Unregulated, untaxed businesses are operating in the shadow of the state, making up a large

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Thumbay Hospital: Fortune Favors The Bold

ADVERTORIAL The Thumbay Group’s meteoric growth has advanced the region’s health standards By Thumbay Moideen When we first set foot in the UAE in 1998, the outlook was very different for newly arrived entrepreneurs. The country was facing its first challenges; it was an unfamiliar environment for anyone seeking to contribute to the life of the

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