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Aurora Prize

All the world needs is more love and compassion By Anna Yazijyan “All of us here tonight, are the result of someone’s act of kindness,” a captivating man in a sharp black suit on stage—just a few meters away from me—said. Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian, George Clooney, added that his “family fled a famine in

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Yemen: Thirsty for Peace

War isn’t the only problem facing Yemen. A water shortage is adding to the country’s misery. By Sarah El Shaarawi It has been a year since the Saudi-led military campaign began in Yemen in an effort to return power to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and compromise the territorial gains made by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency

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Bangladesh: Poisoned Chalice

Bangladesh has a water problem: Arsenic. And the government isn’t helping By Aarti Betigeri For decades, villagers in large parts of Bangladesh have been knowingly drinking arsenic—contaminated water—and slowly killing themselves in the process. In fact, it is estimated that 43,000 people die in the country each year  from illnesses related to ingesting arsenic. While

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Canada: A Helping Hand

A Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur has pledged jobs for Syrian refugees By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours For Mohamad Fakih, everything changed after his visit to one of the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. “My heart was shattered when I saw what I saw in that camp,” the Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur tells Newsweek Middle East. “Children had no jackets; they were

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Turkey: A Not-So-Cunning Plan

The EU’s deal with Turkey  to stem the flow of refugees and migrants is deeply flawed BY Owen Matthews For Ayla Agit, the deal signed in March between Europe and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants and refugees was a prayer answered. “Finally, we have a chance to get a new life in Germany!”

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Gaza: No Way Out

Animals need food, but money is scarce and the borders are blocked By Sami Abu Salem In Khan Younis, south of Gaza, empty cages in the city’s sole zoo have been overtaken by untrimmed grass and dirt. An eerie silence fills the once bustling tourist attraction, home to a wide variety of wild animals, including

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The Power of Gender Parity

Global and regional economic advancement starts with equality between the sexes BY Rima Assi Women’s workforce participation is vital for socioeconomic growth, yet gender inequality remains a critical issue worldwide. If women were to participate in the economy on par with men, their contribution would add $28 trillion, or 26 percent, to the global economy

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Libya: Off the Shoulder Slaughter

Daesh has Qaddafi’s deadly anti-aircraft missiles. Will it target civilian planes? By Jonathan Broder With Jeff Stein in Washington Deep in Libya’s Sahara Desert, in the sunbaked town of Sabha, a ragtag group of gunmen loyal to one of the country’s two rival militias agreed to show Timothy Michetti their most prized weapons. Michetti, an

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Jordan: Learning From Scratch

A campaign has mounted a challenge to Jordan’s education system By Maysa Zureikat Schools are widely recognized as being on the frontline of countering violent extremism. And a campaign is now underway to push the Jordanian government to reform the nation’s education system. Its principal target? A curriculum that has, for years, been taught in the

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Lebanon: Strained Ties

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon reflects a wider regional one By Rami G. Khouri The sudden spat between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon over Riyadh’s suspension of $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon is much more than an awkward bilateral disagreement between two Arab countries. It is the political equivalent of what Saudi Arabia has

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