SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – Afghans are under attack in Iran. The war in Afghanistan left many without a home. Having no choice but to flee their country, they sought asylum in Iran, where about 2.5 million, documented and undocumented, live today. They have not found a new home. On May 1st,…Full Article IRAN: BRUTALITY AGAINST AFGHANS
NAJLA ALWAQAYAN WRITES – From localized disease to global pandemic, the rapid spread of COVID-19 has revealed how some governments are capable of protecting their citizens—and how some are not. China took this pandemic very seriously during its early stages and has, as a result, successfully contained it. On the…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: ‘I HAVE NEVER BEEN PROUDER TO BE A KUWAITI’
ERIC ANDERSON WRITES-The Olympic Council of Asia has a mission: to promote cultural awareness, equality, respect, and clean and fair play through the latest sports and trends. The Council controls all sports in Asia and is one of five continental associations recognized by the International Olympic Committee, headquartered in Kuwait. …Full Article CHINA: FUN IN THE SUN AT SANYA 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
JASEM ALQINAI WRITES-Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah recently celebrated his 14th year of rule. The fifteenth Emir of Kuwait was sworn in on the 29th of January 2006. He is the fourth son of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Prior to his rule he served as Prime Minister as well…Full Article KUWAIT: NOT EVEN THE GREATEST EMIR CAN DO IT ALL
NAJLA ALWAQAYAN WRITES – This created a crisis. Since Qaboos had no children, he had no heir to whom he could pass on his wisdom or his throne. The constitution states that a successor is to be determined by the royal family of Oman within three days of his passing. If they…Full Article THE MAN WHO RULED THE SULTANATE OF OMAN FOR 50 YEARS HAS NO HEIR
Asia Media warmly congratulates Roula Khalaf on her ascension to the premier Editorship of the Financial Times, one of the world’s great newspapers. She becomes the first woman editor of the FT in its 131-year history. Khalaf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up there during the civil war. She…Full Article LONDON: BEIRUT-BORN KHALAF ASCENDS TO EDITORSHIP OF FINANCIAL TIMES – FIRST WOMAN TOP EDITOR IN 131-YEAR HISTORY
LORI DEMIRJIAN WRITES- Make way for women’s empowerment in Lebanon. Since October 17 they have been on the frontline of the revolutionary movement, keeping the peace between the military and protesters. Such empowerment is a true feat, considering women’s usual underrepresentation in government and politics. What’s more, the female heroines…Full Article LEBANON: WOMEN ON THE FOREFRONT OF THE REVOLUTION
KHALED ALSABEEH WRITES— The 2019 Lebanese Revolution has been a series of countrywide protests in response to the government’s failure to deal with the country’s economic crisis. The protests began 18 October, with a few activists in Riad al-Solh Square, in front of the Grand Serail, the official residence of the…Full Article LEBANON: THE FIRST SMART-PHONE/MESSAGING APPS TEA PARTY?
ABDULAZIZ ALABDULRAZZAQ WRITES—Where would Kuwait be without oil? Certainly not as prosperous. Half of its GDP, in fact, comes from oil. But now, it seems, this has become too much of a good thing. As oil reserves dry up and the world switches to greener sources of fuel, the economy…Full Article KUWAIT VISION: A SHARP MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
JOSEPH LITTAUA WRITES — Asian countries have never been considered powerhouses in the world of rugby. Of those that participated in the Rugby World Cup circuit, only Japan made it to the tournament—as the host country. So, when the pools were drawn and the preliminary qualifying tournaments finished, few expected…Full Article JAPAN RUGBY: PHENOMENAL WORLD CUP RUN SHOWS KENKI FUKUOKA RISING AGAIN
SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES — Last month, Arab leaders held an emergency summit in Mecca to address threats presented by Iran, following attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. While Saudi Arabia described the attacks as “naked aggression,” Iran denied having anything to do with them.…Full Article GULF GEOPOLITICS: WILL THE LACK OF UNITY ENTICE THE U.S. TO GO IT ALONE?
ANDREA PLATE WRITES – For 15 years, I was a senior staff social worker at the United States federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs—the country’s largest integrated healthcare system— in its largest branch, located in West Los Angeles, California. Each year, the system serves 9 million veterans nationwide. One summer…Full Article VETERANS OF ASIAN WARS: THE TERRIBLY SAD STORY THAT NEVER ENDS
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…Full Article Dubai: A Global Tech Leader
SARAH Al-MUWAD WRITES– Is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the fifth largest country in Asia, actually working towards female empowerment? And is this to advance the kingdom’s international reputation, which has recently taken a huge hit? The answer is yes. On February 23, history was made when the Kingdom of…Full Article Saudi Arabia: What Can A Princess Fix?
ABDULMOHSAN ALMUTAIRI WRITES– What do football and a sociopolitical blockade in the Middle East have in common? Many of us would say, “not much.” Tensions between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar were apparent during the 2019 Asia Cup, held between January 5 and February 1, when the UAE…Full Article QATAR: Asia Cup Reveals Just How Deep the Political Crisis runs in the Gulf
ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES – If you can’t stand scenes depicting violence against women, stay away from “Wajma: An Afghan Love Story.” Filmed in 2013 on a budget as small as they get, and now released on DVD, this was Afghanistan’s submission to the 86th Oscars for Best Foreign Language…Full Article MOVIE REVIEW: FROM AFGHANISTAN … NO WESTERN-STYLE LOVE STORY, FOR SURE – BUT ‘WAJMA’ HAS THE FEEL OF A MINOR CLASSIC