Instagram Attracting More Advertising than Twitter: Survey

SAN FRANCISCO, June 10 – Advertising agencies are for the first time turning to Instagram more frequently than Twitter for social media ad campaigns, a survey released Thursday showed, a further indication of weakness in an ad sales operation that has been one of the few bright spots for Twitter. The survey, from a unit… Continue reading Instagram Attracting More Advertising than Twitter: Survey

Our Man In London?

For a site that has served as a historical symbol of christian influence for over a thousand years, Southwark Cathedral in central London took on a new meaning this week. Standing next to a large table where Bishops offer sermons and couples sometimes exchange their marriage vows, a slight 5-foot 4-inch tall Asian man began… Continue reading Our Man In London?

Palestine: Childhood Lost

It took 12-year-old Dima Al Wawi’s parents some serious persuasion to get their daughter to talk. But even then, Dima would only utter a few hardly audible words that failed to form complete sentences at times. “She is still in shock from the experience she lived through during her arrest,” Dima’s mother, Sabha Al Wawi,… Continue reading Palestine: Childhood Lost

Yemen: War-Zone Babies

One Thursday in February, Rasha Al Shwafi began to feel sick. Heavily pregnant with twins, she initially passed it off as a mild indigestion. But as the day wore on, she found that she could no longer endure the pain. Still some weeks away from her due date, the pain steadily intensified; and along with… Continue reading Yemen: War-Zone Babies

Yemen: The Abandoned Animals of Taiz

THE citizens of Yemen’s Taiz city have been dealt many blows in recent months. Conflict, hunger, isolation and struggle dominate the city’s streets. But they are not the only ones affected by the conflict, which escalated in March 2015. Yemen’s animals, too, are the silent victims of airstrikes, sieges and the internecine conflict that continues… Continue reading Yemen: The Abandoned Animals of Taiz

Saudi Arabia: The End of Oil

“The wake-up call has arrived. The politics of waste must end,” Khaled Al Maeena says in his 27th floor office in the Saudi city of Jeddah. He was referring to a transformation plan that has shaken Saudi Arabia—the biggest in decades. At the turn of the year, a newly-consolidated Ministry of Economy and Planning announced… Continue reading Saudi Arabia: The End of Oil

Captain Emirates: Flying High

Sitting behind his desk checking his computer, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has little time to spare. The dynamic sheikh is, after all, the head of numerous high-profile government conglomerates in Dubai, prompting him to stay up to date with the latest news in order to be on top of his game. The chairman… Continue reading Captain Emirates: Flying High

Somewhere They Belong

Ali, not his real name, wakes up every day at dawn to pray and rush to the wholesale marketplace. He buy fresh produce with the little money he has, before touring the streets of Kuwait to sell them under a scorching summer sun or during an unforgiving winter, when the temperature drops to freezing levels.… Continue reading Somewhere They Belong

Nimr Al Nimr: Anatomy of a Man

SINCE RETURNING TO HIS VILLAGE in eastern Saudi Arabia in 1999, after having spent over a decade studying, teaching and preaching abroad (namely in Iran and Syria) Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al Nimr’s fiery speeches were causing considerable frustration to the Saudi government. Saudi Arabia hoped that with his execution in the first week of January… Continue reading Nimr Al Nimr: Anatomy of a Man

Sleeping With The Enemy

Pablo Neruda once wrote: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” And so it was, that 21-year-old Rami Qedra, a Muslim Palestinian MAN from Beit Lahia, a town north of Gaza, fell in love with Galit Popok, a 17-year-old Jewish Israeli girl from upper Nazareth, where he worked as… Continue reading Sleeping With The Enemy

Unmasked Happiness

They say laughter is the best medicine. It may not be a medicinal cure for those suffering from certain psychological ailments, but it alleviates the pain of those who have endured the trauma of war. To that end, laughter is as necessary as food, water and shelter. For the large number of Syrians who fled… Continue reading Unmasked Happiness

Yemen: Girls With Guns

By most measures, Amal Al Wafi is like most college students. She wakes each morning at 7, boards the bus and studies hard to earn her administration degree at Taiz University, hoping it will earn her a position as a manager someday. But since renewed fighting caused her school to close in April, Amal Al… Continue reading Yemen: Girls With Guns

“This region is not on my agenda. It is my agenda.”

IN 2004, one man stood firm in urging Arab leaders to introduce reforms within their states. Memorably, he advised them to “change or you will be changed eventually.” Six years later, a wave of national uprisings swept across the Arab world toppling several regimes, along with leaders who had refused to acknowledge the needs and… Continue reading “This region is not on my agenda. It is my agenda.”

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