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Israel Says “No” to Middle East Peace Conference in Paris

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, Nov 7 – Israel on Monday formally rejected France’s invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying it was a distraction from the goal of direct negotiations with the Palestinians. At a meeting in Jerusalem with Israel’s acting national security adviser and Prime

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MENA Transfer Pricing in a Post BEPS World

By Istina Delivan Historically, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been perceived as a region where taxation and transfer pricing initiatives are not high up on government agendas. Although this has been the case for a significant period of time, recent changes in the region such as decreases in global oil prices

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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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Lebanon’s Angel of Mercy

The man who shelters strays By Mostapha Raad Stray dogs approach you as you walk by the Zahrani Bridge’s underpass, in south Lebanon. They sniff the air from a distance, trying to make sure you are not there to harm them. Most of these dogs suffer from physical disabilities, namely blindness and missing limbs, but they

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Lebanon’s Aoun Elected President, Ending 29-Month Vacuum

BEIRUT, Oct 31 – The Lebanese parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum as part of a political deal that is expected to make Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri prime minister. Aoun, who is in his 80s, secured the presidency by winning the support of 83

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Protests Erupt in Morocco After Fishmonger Crushed to Death

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT, Oct 30 – Thousands of outraged Moroccans held protests in several cities on Sunday after a fishmonger in the northern town of Al-Hoceima was crushed to death inside a garbage truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by police. The death on Friday prompted a frenzy of angry postings

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Education in the UAE: A School Principal Pens Her Thoughts

By Sheikha Deemas Yohan Al Yeris Al Subosi My belief that the foundation of a strong state rests in the education of it’s youth and my passion as an educationist motivated me to start my career as a teacher in the UAE. I stepped into my role in education on September 18, 1973. It led me

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Business Outlook: The MBA Gets Up Close and Personal

By Randa Bessiso The MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree is still the preeminent business/general management qualification and is highly valued by a wide range of employers and recruiters. It is a general management qualification that equips students for a career in business management, helping them acquire a broad perspective on a wide range of areas

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