Libya: Off the Shoulder Slaughter

Deep in Libya’s Sahara Desert, in the sunbaked town of Sabha, a ragtag group of gunmen loyal to one of the country’s two rival militias agreed to show Timothy Michetti their most prized weapons. Michetti, an experienced investigator for a London-based company that tracks the sources of small arms in conflict zones, traveled there on… Continue reading Libya: Off the Shoulder Slaughter

Israel’s “Infiltrators”: African Refugees At Risk

Haftom Zarhum, a 29-year-old Eritrean, needed to renew his work visa. As an asylum seeker who had come to Israel through Egypt from his home country, he was one of the more fortunate of his compatriots as he had a job in Israel. On Sunday, Oct. 18, he went to the district town of Beer… Continue reading Israel’s “Infiltrators”: African Refugees At Risk

Pakistan’s Polio Crisis

Pakistan is one of two countries in the world where polio remains endemic, the other being its neighbor Afghanistan. Last year, Somalia became polio-free, and the World Health Organization (WHO) removed Nigeria from the polio-endemic list, thanks to government-led efforts in those countries to launch cross-nation immunization campaigns against the disease. Pakistan, however, faces several… Continue reading Pakistan’s Polio Crisis

GCC: The Free Visa Problem

Open borders and economic freedom, had, after all, paved the way for the United States’ rise to prominence, and today, the relatively open borders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) have contributed to the development of the Gulf states as well as the migrants’ original countries. Yet,… Continue reading GCC: The Free Visa Problem

Abdul Sattar Edhi: The World’s Greatest Humanitarian

It was the first state funeral since the 1980s. Inflected with pomp, a 19-gun salute and set in the imposing grounds of Karachi’s National Stadium. Pakistan’s elite and thousands of others had finally united for a brief moment to pay somber homage to one of their own. The crowd surged forward to bear his coffin.… Continue reading Abdul Sattar Edhi: The World’s Greatest Humanitarian

Venturing Out

Competition to supply the energy-hungry countries of East Asia is definitely heating up. In a market that is traditionally dominated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE— Russia has recently entered the fray, and Iran, as well as Iraq are keen to make up for lost time… Continue reading Venturing Out

Thirsty Gaza

In Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza, children and old women carrying plastic bottles gather near water taps to fill them with drinking water from a newly established artesian well set up by the municipality. Dalal Awwad, an elderly Palestinian woman, who lives alone in a nearby house, says she regularly uses the well to get… Continue reading Thirsty Gaza

Egypt: Our Daily Bread

A particular brand of urban entrepreneurship is keeping food on the table for millions, as a hard currency crisis has crippled Egypt’s business activity in recent months. Unregulated, untaxed businesses are operating in the shadow of the state, making up a large portion of what is broadly referred to as Egypt’s informal sector. It’s an… Continue reading Egypt: Our Daily Bread

Jordan: Learning From Scratch

Schools are widely recognized as being on the frontline of countering violent extremism. And a campaign is now underway to push the Jordanian government to reform the nation’s education system. Its principal target? A curriculum that has, for years, been taught in the kingdom’s schools—but now faces growing criticism. In June 2015, at a gathering… Continue reading Jordan: Learning From Scratch

Lebanon: Strained Ties

The sudden spat between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon over Riyadh’s suspension of $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon is much more than an awkward bilateral disagreement between two Arab countries. It is the political equivalent of what Saudi Arabia has done in Yemen using military power—the unstoppable force of newly decisive Saudi unilateral actions… Continue reading Lebanon: Strained Ties

Trump’s New Favorite College

If you voted in the recent presidential election, there’s a pretty good chance you spent some time pondering the qualifications of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There’s almost no chance you were thinking about David Ferriero’s résumé, but you should have been. As the chief archivist of the United States, Ferriero and his colleagues organize… Continue reading Trump’s New Favorite College

The Power of Gender Parity

Women’s workforce participation is vital for socioeconomic growth, yet gender inequality remains a critical issue worldwide. If women were to participate in the economy on par with men, their contribution would add $28 trillion, or 26 percent, to the global economy in 2025. This is roughly the combined size of the economies of the U.S.… Continue reading The Power of Gender Parity

When Did Journalism Become So Humiliating?

On June 15, 2015, Brendan Klinkenberg ate a burrito. It was a breakfast burrito packed with eggs, bacon, avocado, beans and cheese. Several hours later, he ate a burrito for lunch. For dinner, a carnitas burrito. Klinkenberg repeated the diet—skipping breakfast—the following day. And the next day, and the day after that. After a hellish… Continue reading When Did Journalism Become So Humiliating?

Ramadan Around The World

UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation.   PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City. The structure is adjacent… Continue reading Ramadan Around The World

Turkey: A Not-So-Cunning Plan

For Ayla Agit, the deal signed in March between Europe and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants and refugees was a prayer answered. “Finally, we have a chance to get a new life in Germany!” says Agit, who was driven from her home this past October by fighting. The twist: Agit isn’t a Syrian… Continue reading Turkey: A Not-So-Cunning Plan

Muhammad Ali: Rumble, Young Man

“Rumble, young man, rumble.” Muhammad Ali, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, lost his final fight to Parkinson’s on June 3, at the age of 74. Ali died at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had undergone treatment over a span of five days for respiratory complications. According to family spokesperson, Bob Gunnell, Ali died of septic… Continue reading Muhammad Ali: Rumble, Young Man

Yemen: Thirsty for Peace

It has been a year since the Saudi-led military campaign began in Yemen in an effort to return power to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and compromise the territorial gains made by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency in the country. The escalation of the conflict, following the 2011 uprising, that toppled the regime of former President Ali… Continue reading Yemen: Thirsty for Peace

Canada: A Helping Hand

For Mohamad Fakih, everything changed after his visit to one of the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. “My heart was shattered when I saw what I saw in that camp,” the Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur tells Newsweek Middle East. “Children had no jackets; they were playing out in the cold without shoes,” he recalls. But Fakih wanted… Continue reading Canada: A Helping Hand

Bangladesh: Poisoned Chalice

For decades, villagers in large parts of Bangladesh have been knowingly drinking arsenic—contaminated water—and slowly killing themselves in the process. In fact, it is estimated that 43,000 people die in the country each year  from illnesses related to ingesting arsenic. While the diseases themselves are not unique—often cancers and cardiovascular disorders—the victims sometimes develop black… Continue reading Bangladesh: Poisoned Chalice

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