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You Can’t Please Everyone

The U.N. humanitarian mission in Syria is constantly scrutinized by the rebels and the regime. By Nour Samaha It is considered one of the most controversial United Nations’ missions in recent history, and over the last year it has come under the fire and scrutiny of opposition supporters, who claim it is no longer acting impartially, and is under the influence

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Bordering War: Pakistan-India Tensions Enter a War-Like Narrative

BY: Jyoti Malhotra A map of the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir lays bare the plain truth for all to see. As the crow flies, the distance between Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, and Uri in the northern part of Indian-administered Kashmir is a mere 211 km. The road from Islamabad to Baramulla, once

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Modi’s 56-Inch Chest Bind

The Pakistan-India tension enters a war-like narrative OP-ED by Ejaz Haider In the run-up to the 2014 national elections in India, one of the metaphors Narendra Modi, the Bharatya Janata Party’s (BJP) then-prime ministerial candidate, used to describe himself as having a 56-inch chest. Pooh-poohed by the opposition as a literal statement, Modi meant it metaphorically, contrasting

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Seeking Peace: GCC States on Regional Conflicts

Arab Gulf states express their frustration and envisage solutions to solve regional conflicts. By Elizabeth Dickinson Their voices were calm and measured, but as Gulf leaders addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, frustration was palpable. The Middle East today is in flames, and from Syria to Iraq to Yemen and Palestine,

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Debtors Shall Not Go to Jail, Unless…

UAE’s new Federal bankruptcy law to benefit debtors, creditors and the economy. BY H.E. Obaid Al Tayer Mature economies have proven the need to implement a modern bankruptcy law in each country that wishes to strengthen its economic status. The aim behind the federal bankruptcy law is to attract capital in a safe and attractive

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Dial 9-11 For JASTA

Fifteen years on, 9/11 victims’ families demand justice. By Roshanak Taghavi Justice and security are on the minds of many Americans commemorating September 11 this week, as newly de-classified documents re-ignite the debate over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the deadliest attacks in contemporary U.S. history — and congressional legislation is proposing to hold the Kingdom

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Mapping Kashmir’s Cycle of Discontent

By Asma Khan Lone Kashmir has erupted once again, engulfed by yet another cycle of conflict and violence—its Sisyphean bane. The trigger this time is the killing of rebel commander, Burhan Wani, the tech-savvy poster boy of the militant organization Hizb Ul Mujahideen. His killing led to an outpour of emotions and anger on the

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Is It Safe To Fly?

Recent crashes evoke fear over airline safety in the Middle East.  By Leila Hatoum The recent crash and burn of Emirates Airlines Flight EK521 on August 3 was the fourth flight-related incident in the Middle East this year. None of the 282 passengers and 18-crew members of EK521 were harmed, thanks to the quick reaction of the crew—who

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A Crisis At Hand

When governments don’t pay companies, salaries get delayed and migrant workers suffer By Leila Hatoum and Abdullah Alelyan Mohammed, a Lebanese man in his thirties, spends his days worrying about how he will repay the loans he has taken against his overdue salary payments. He has sold his car, his furniture, sent his wife back

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