middle east

Fly With Me

A young woman with a popular YouTube travel channel recounts how her decision to quit her job to pursue her dreams helped her lead an authentic life  By Haifa Beseisso  I didn’t expect the feedback on the video or the messages from people asking me how I did it; that they wished they could do

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The Loss of Yemen

The Tragic state of a Great Nation  By Tamara Khamis Once known as the Arabia Felix, Yemen has now been reduced to a place of regional armed conflict, rebel fighting and destruction. The relatively vibrant life that once filled the streets of the capital has been replaced with fear, violence and an eerie silence. The

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Fashion Forward Dubai

A new contender in the ring By Arfa Shahid  Dubai is aspiring to fashion heights. But the occidental gaze of the fashion world has oft-viewed the emirate as a tasteless, money-driven, brand-conscious city, lacking in its street-style. Now, some are beginning to question that. Can Dubai lay claim to its own independent fashion sense –

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Of Hope, and of IVF

One woman’s story of her struggle to conceive BY Jumana Al-Darwish In solitude, I await my turn calmly. I am in a state of trance. I sit staring out of the blinds in my hospital room. There’s not much longer to go; in less than 20 minutes, the miracle of science will allow three embryos

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Arab Youth, Arab Fathers: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan on Parenting

An Arab father imparts his thoughts BY H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan IN ALL CULTURES, fathers are important figures. In our region especially, children are expected to listen to their wisdom so that they may be guided toward more fulfilling lives. These days, I suspect that many a father in our region is uncertain about

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Palestine: A Third Intifada?

Jerusalem on the brink By Ben White It was just after midday on Oct. 5, 13-year-old Abd Al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah was standing with friends in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. Young Palestinians had been throwing stones at the Israeli occupation forces stationed nearby when, without warning, a soldier fired two live bullets. Abd Al-Rahman was

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To Uphold an Oath

In an age of refugees, upholding medical ethics is no mean feat By Nicholas Noe Kos, Greece—At its zenith, Kos had once revolutionized the field of medical ethics. Hippocrates and his disciples had bestowed the world with a lasting gift: the pledge to do no “harm or injustice” to those in need of care. To

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Game of Isotopes: Are Iran’s prospects looking up?

A nuclear winter is (not) coming…just yet. Iran’s prospects are looking up By Roshanak Taghavi  LAST YEAR, the world of fantasy, much like reality, concerned itself often with the struggle for power: its use, abuse, and the mediation thereof. In the epic series Game of Thrones, petrified dragon eggs served as the weaponry of choice

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The Curious Case of Yemen’s Alliances: Saleh Vs Houthis

Saleh described his skillful manipulation of Yemeni tribes as ‘dancing over the heads of snakes,’ but did the Snake Charmer finally run out of tricks? Or are the serpents still dancing to his flute? BY Ammar Aulaqi IN THE EARLY morning hours of May 10, 2015, Sana’a was rocked by five consecutive explosions. As clouds of

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Al Aqsa to be under 24-hour surveillance

Reuters/Correspondent 24/10/2015           AMMAN/JERUSALEM – An idea to install cameras throughout Jerusalem to ease rising tension between Palestinians and Israelis has been accepted by both sides through a joint effort by US and Jordan. Speaking in Amman after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, US Secretary of State

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