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The Problem With Kuwait’s Higher Education

One public university, not enough majors, and few seats for Masters and PhD students By Abdullah Alelyan Twelve years ago, Kuwait took a decision to build a new public university known as the Sabah Al Salem University City, better known as Shadadiyah University, to cope with the rising number of students seeking higher education in Kuwait.

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Arab Youth and the Bleak Future That Awaits

By Amro Zakaria Abdu Twenty-five years ago the Berlin Wall fell, ushering an end to the Soviet Union and the genesis of a “New World Order” as described by George Bush Sr during his address to the U.S. congress in 1991. As a result, many countries, particularly in the Arab region, lost significant political stature and

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Of Women and Business

Women bring virtues and skills of soft power to leadership in the workplace BY: Randa Bessiso It’s a new and emerging global economy which increasingly relies upon and values the virtues of ‘soft power’—the natural leadership style of women. As the world of business becomes friendlier to women, there is also a significant economic premium to

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The Frustration of a Comedian

A tiny house in Canada did not appeal to Aida Sabra BY Mostapha Raad World renowned Lebanese singer Fairouz never imagined that after decades of singing her song “A Tiny House in Canada,” that someday, another Lebanese woman will hate residing in the cold Northern American country, after getting used to living in Lebanon’s chaos. Sitt

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Spotlight on Syria as World Leaders Gather at United Nations

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 – The spotlight will be on Syria when world leaders gather at the United Nations next week as the United States and Russia try to shore up a fragile truce deal and President Barack Obama pushes for a boost in global refugee aid. Some 135 heads of state

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BUSINESS OUTLOOK: Volatility is on the Rise Again

BY Noureldeen Al Hammoury Crude Oil Rally Fades Since the beginning of the year, when oil producers decided to discuss the intention to freeze their oil production, crude oil prices recovered dramatically, moving from as low as $26 per barrel during January trading sessions to crossing the $50 threshold towards the end of May. However, the

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BUSINESS OUTLOOK: So Long To Oil Dependency

GCC states must diversify their economies BY Mohamed Zidan More than two months ago, a natural disaster hit Alberta, the oil-rich Canadian province, causing interruption in production for weeks. The wildfire witnessed by the state was devastating to the extent that 90,000 people were evacuated and human activity was completely halted. At the same time, large

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UK, France Stick to Calais Migrant Deal “Now and When” Britain Leaves EU

PARIS, Aug 30- British and French interior ministers agreed on Tuesday to develop cooperation “now and when the United Kingdom leaves the EU” to address challenges posed by flows of migrants to the European Union. Britain’s new interior minister, Amber Rudd, came to Paris to meet her French counterpart, seeking assurances on a deal which

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Middle East, North Africa Conflicts Threaten Two Decades of Health Gains

By Magdalena Mis LONDON  – The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, jeopardizing two decades of health gains, experts said on Wednesday. Between 2010 and 2013, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt lost some 3 months of

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