MIDDLE EAST: CAN CULTURAL DIVERSITY BE PROTECTED IN THE CRADLE OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION?

FRANCESCO FIMIANI WRITES — Recently, the Africa and Middle East Regional Forum on Conflict Prevention and the Protection of Human Rights of Minorities concluded its 2021 meeting. Hosted on a virtual platform by The Gambia, the goal of the two-day meeting was to provide “regional insights” to feed into the…

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MIDDLE EAST: CAN THE PLIGHT OF BEDOUINS TURN UP THE HEAT ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

FRANCESCO FIMIANI WRITES — Climate change continues to prove its catastrophic force. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), every year since 2014 has experienced record breaking heat, with 2020 the second hottest year on record and the 44th consecutive year during which global land and ocean temperatures were…

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MEDIA: THE WEST VS THE REST

SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – As both an American and Saudi Citizen, I have experienced first-hand how Americans view the outside world. The Western media tends to focus on the negative side when talking about Asia and the Middle East while overlooking positive aspects. For example, there is a common belief that…

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Middle East: SERIOUS WORRIES ABOUT US POLICY GONE SERIOUSLY ASTRAY

TIA CARR WRITES —For the past three years, US Middle Eastern policy has been unprecedentedly volatile. With ISIS leader Baghdadi now dead following a US military operation, the world, and especially the American public, is left confused — particularly considering America’s history of relatively low-involvement in the Syrian conflict. Clearly,…

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SAUDI ARABIA: How Closing Doors during Prayers is Costing Saudi Arabia

NAWAF AL SABAH WRITES– Islam, soon to become the most followed religion worldwide, currently second to Christianity, garners some of the most devout followers. Muslims are committed to daily prayers (salat) on schedule. In Saudi Arabia, for instance, Muslims are mandated to close businesses during prayer time. Unfortunately, this practice…

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Dubai: A Global Tech Leader

SARAH AL MUWAD WRITES– The world’s first operational robot policeman does not need a visa, insurance coverage or hours of training, and is ready to interact with residents and millions of tourists. This body of bolts and nuts, standing at 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, can determine a…

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Saudi, Non-Oil, Private Enterprises Rise Thanks to Vision 2030

FAHAD ALSUDAIS WRITES– Vision 2030: this ambitious socio-economic reform plan is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s brainchild. It has two primary goals: To foster growth in privately owned enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and to steer away from dependence on non-renewable, environmentally toxic oil. Launched in…

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FOOD: KUWAIT FOOD VISION 2030?

SARAH ALMUAWAD WRITES– Why does Kuwait, a small country in Western Asia, want to become the world’s food capital? Maybe, to boost tourism? To decrease the country’s reliance on oil? To take advantage of lower oil prices over the past three years?? To compete globally? To expand the economy? All…

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