The Manager’s Guide to Conducting an Effective Employee Review

What makes an excellent employee? Indeed, there has never been a study conducted to find the answer to this question. What we know is that an outstanding employee contributes completely to their workforce. Employees are valuable assets to the company. The art of employee reviews involves communicating what qualities make an employee good. Conducting effective… Continue reading The Manager’s Guide to Conducting an Effective Employee Review

Diabetes, A Bitter Illness

The number of people suffering from diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) may more than double by 2040, but we can prevent that. People with diabetes lose their ability to properly regulate their blood sugar, and the illness can lead to nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb… Continue reading Diabetes, A Bitter Illness

New Big Shot on the Block

Three brothers in present day Lebanon embark on a career shift from drug dealing to movie production in Very Big Shot—the directorial debut from 26-year old Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya—and the result is a dark comedy. Much like American comedies like Wag The Dog and Meet John Doe, Lebanon’s Very Big Shot opens with a series… Continue reading New Big Shot on the Block

Gaza: No Way Out

In Khan Younis, south of Gaza, empty cages in the city’s sole zoo have been overtaken by untrimmed grass and dirt. An eerie silence fills the once bustling tourist attraction, home to a wide variety of wild animals, including lions, tigers, hyenas, crocodiles, zebras and monkeys. With a decade-long Israeli siege, visitors from other parts… Continue reading Gaza: No Way Out

Safe Bases: UAE’s Military Expansion in Africa

Two overseas Arab military garrisons are being established to secure a hold over one of the world’s most crucial chokepoints, right across the waters from Arabia. The military expansion is a clear reflection of a need felt across the Gulf Arab capitals to regain control of their own security, due to the deteriorating security situation… Continue reading Safe Bases: UAE’s Military Expansion in Africa

Beyond The Scars

“I saw my dad, I hugged him and his entire shirt got burned, even after twenty buckets of water were poured on me,” says Laxmi Agarwal. Agarwal was attacked with acid in 2005 while she was on her way to Delhi’s Khan Market. The reason? She dared to reject the advances of a man who… Continue reading Beyond The Scars

Farming Without Soil Seen as Solution in Land Without Water

CAIRO, Dec 14 – Growing lettuce in the desert is not most people’s idea of how to make a success of farming, but Amr Bassiouny believes he is on to something. The 30-year-old chief executive of Egyptian Hydrofarms says he is growing salad greens at his farm on the outskirts of Cairo using 90 percent… Continue reading Farming Without Soil Seen as Solution in Land Without Water

Explosion at NATO Air Base in Afghanistan Causes Casualties

KABUL, Nov 12 – A Taliban suicide bomber dressed as a labourer blew himself up at the NATO air base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least four people and wounding 18, officials said. “An explosive device was detonated on Bagram Airfield resulting in multiple casualties,” the NATO-led Resolute… Continue reading Explosion at NATO Air Base in Afghanistan Causes Casualties

Mafia Politics

In 2011, according to the ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, “living in a democracy” was the most important desire for 92 percent of respondents. A mere four years later, however, 39 percent of Arab youth believes democracy would never work in the Arab world, and perceive Daesh, not dictatorships, as their most pressing problem. Powerful… Continue reading Mafia Politics

Dutch Retailers Paying “Starvation Wages” to Indian Textile Workers

CHENNAI, India, Sept 27 – Dutch fashion retailers are paying “starvation wages” at factories in a major hub for the global garment industry in southern India, forcing many workers into crippling debt, a report on Tuesday showed. Workers surveyed at 10 garment factories in and around Bengaluru in the southern Indian state of Karnataka took… Continue reading Dutch Retailers Paying “Starvation Wages” to Indian Textile Workers

Gay Qatari’s article provokes backlash over World Cup “values”

DOHA, Aug 9 – An opinion article about life as a gay Qatari has stirred debate about the limits of tolerance in the conservative Gulf Arab country which is due to host the 2022 soccer World Cup. The unprecedented public insight into homosexuality in a country where gay sex is punishable by jail, was published… Continue reading Gay Qatari’s article provokes backlash over World Cup “values”

Oil Over Troubled Waters?

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully,” said Dr Samuel Johnson. The same is true of a major oil producer when the price falls below $28 per barrel, as happened on Friday. Saudi Arabia’s economic reform plans, revealed in an Economist interview with the Saudi… Continue reading Oil Over Troubled Waters?

Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

“The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even came into the field, and we’re still comfortable.” A… Continue reading Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

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