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Wanted: Affordable Homes

Saudi Arabia seeks PPP to find a solution for its affordable housing shortage By Farha Abdelhaq The lack of affordable homes available to rent or purchase has been a major concern for Saudi’s burgeoning populace. Over the past 15 years, the population of the capital city, Riyadh, has increased by over 50 percent to 6.5

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In the Line of Duty

Pakistan’s new Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has to deal with the challenges left behind by Gen. Raheel Sharif By Ejaz Haider Sometime ago, before writing an article on civil-military relations, I decided to do a simple experiment. I asked whoever I met that day to name Pakistan’s air force and navy chiefs. Except one, a

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UAE’s Minister of Tolerance

Advocating tolerance: H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi sits down for an exclusive interview with Newsweek Middle East By Irene Hell “Sometimes I think it is mindboggling… when all of a sudden you find a teenager who left home because he wanted to fight in Syria, and you think what have I done to my child? Why

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The Men Behind Modi’s Demonetization Policy

By Arfa Shahid India made a major economic move by demonetizing 500 and 1,000 Rupee notes and introducing a new 2,000 Rupee note, but what many don’t know is that this policy was created and presented to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Arthakranti Sansthan, an NGO, founded by social activist and mechanical engineer Anil Bokil.

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Narendra Modi’s Black Money Move

Could India’s demonetization cause more harm than good? By Jyoti Malhotra India is either in the throes of a man-made cash crisis or on the verge of a new economic dawn. Depending on whom you speak to in the days following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on November 8 to demonetize the Rs 500 and Rs

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Haya Bint Al Hussein: A Princess on a Mission

EXCLUSIVE: HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein talks of her humanitarian efforts, family and memories. Leila Hatoum I feel good when we are able t0 bring in the aid to those in need says HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, when asked about her humanitarian initiatives and her interest in helping people from all four corners of the

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Americans Elect Trump President – HOW?!

America votes unorthodoxly By Susan Modaress and Leila Hatoum What started as a joke for many, when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency of the world’s strongest nation, has turned into a shocking reality, not only to tens of millions of Americans, but also to hundreds of millions of spectators across the globe. It

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Lebanon’s 13th President

How General Michel Aoun won the presidency  By Marlene Khalife  With a majority of 83 votes, 36 white papers, and cameo nominations for Zorba the Greek and Lebanese Forces MP Strida Geagea, MP Michel Aoun, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement’s (FPM) parliamentary bloc became Lebanon’s 13th president since its independence from France, seven decades

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The Battle for Mosul

Daesh’s leadership flees as the Iraqi army pushes to regain the city By Suadad Al Salhy The policy to fight militant group Daesh in Iraq and Syria was a key part of the third and last U.S. presidential debate, held in Las Vegas on October 19. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made fun of the ample public warning

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Education: Is It Just A Business?

Parents in the UAE believe many schools have turned education into a business, especially in light of steep tuition fees. By Majdoline Hatoum In a bustling emirate that has unquestionably turned into the Middle East’s main business hub over the past two decades, a growing number of private investors are tapping into Dubai’s education sector—a move

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