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AM attends European Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on Yemen Internal News Policy Recommendation Press Release 

AM attends European Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on Yemen

On Thursday 3rd August, our Senior Adviser, Lawrence Joffe, represented Arab Millennial at an ECFR roundtable on Yemen. Other attendees at ECFR’s London address included human rights lawyers, journalists, ambassadors and regional business stakeholders. The discussion centred on the extent to which foreign trade should be conducted with Yemen in light of human rights abuses in the country. AM had contributed to the discussion, liaised with potential partners and hopes to influence policy – albeit indirectly – in the region.

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9 disruptive tech predictions for 2027 Opinion 

9 disruptive tech predictions for 2027

In the last 10 years, a lot has changed. In 2007, the idea of a smartwatch that could tell you if you have an irregular heartbeat, or that knows the best time to wake you up in the morning, seemed like science fiction. Now it is science fact. The lines between science fiction and realistic predictions for the future are blurred. So, what about the next 10 years? Sure, you can’t always make future projections based on historical trends – but we can try our best! Here are some of…

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Can “confirmation bias” ever be beneficial? Data & Statistics 

Can “confirmation bias” ever be beneficial?

What is confirmation bias? Confirmation bias is a tendency for individuals pursuing research or debate to (consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously) select evidence and research that promotes their initial arguments and inclinations. In other words, instead of pursuing genuine, open and honest research and formulating a sincere conclusion based on the evidence amassed, “confirmation bias” tells us that we have a tendency to begin with our conclusion and end with a selective research methodology that explains why our conclusions are valid. Standard research methodology: (1) Research > (2) Conclusion Confirmation bias: (1) Conclusion >…

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Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” Book Review 

Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

4/10 Originally written in Portuguese, Paulo Coelho’s book follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd  from Spain through North Africa to the pyramids of Egypt. This had become a highly popular book during my time at university – and still is – so I became inclined to read it. However, without sounding like too much of a Hipster, the last time I read a popular book (The Kite Runner) I was left very disappointed. In some ways, I shouldn’t have been surprised. I previously read Paulo Coelho’s Veronica Decides to Die which…

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Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin Book Review 

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin

6/10 I have never read a book full of so many enigmas. It is interesting, for example, that Lenin should come from an elite family and aspire to expose capitalism and the bourgeoisie. At the same time, doing so propelled him into further international attention and advanced Lenin’s power as leader of the USSR. So perhaps this book is not as selfless as it appears to most Leninists. Leninism vs Marxism One of the stand out features of Imperialism is the path through which Lenin takes the Marxist vision. Whereas Karl…

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Arab Millennial invited by Facebook for talks in Chicago Press Release 

Arab Millennial invited by Facebook for talks in Chicago

Arab Millennial’s General Manager was invited by Facebook to join its first Communities Summit. Shatha Sbeta, Arab Millennial’s General Manager, will be representing Arab Millennial at the Facebook Communities Summit which will take place in Chicago, IL, from June 21 to June 24. The Summit is part of Mark Zuckerberg’s humanitarian manifesto (https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/building-global-community/10154544292806634) that he wrote on February of this year. The manifesto outlines his desires as Facebook’s founder and CEO to create a world where community leaders are empowered. The manifesto explains the tools that Facebook aims to create…

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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli Book Review 

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

8/10 Machiavelli. A historian, diplomat, writer, politician, activist, philosopher. What an incredible life this individual lived, fortunate enough to be a part of the Renaissance period. Born in 1469, Machiavelli was made Secretary to the Second Chancery of Florentine in 1498 after the infamous Medici family were forced out of power due to an invasion of French troops belonging to King Charles VIII. In 1512, the Medicis returned to Florentine with the backing of Pope Julius II, displacing the current government and forcing Machiavelli once more out of his position. *** It is…

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The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 by E. H. Carr Book Review 

The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 by E. H. Carr

9/10 This book is incredible – in fact, many people suggest that it should be required reading for all politics students. Edward Hallett Carr was an English diplomat, historian and journalist, and lived an incredible life. After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, he joined the Foreign Office to pursue diplomatic work, getting particularly involved in Anglo-Russian relations. His notable books are What is History?, A History of Soviet Russia and The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939. For many, The Twenty Years’ Crisis is a neoliberal book, though I seriously beg to differ. In the book, Carr analyses the “peace” between World War…

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3 (slightly better) alternatives to the CIA World Factbook Data & Statistics 

3 (slightly better) alternatives to the CIA World Factbook

When we source data, we should ask ourselves the following questions: How credible is the information provided? What is the context of the organisation/individual providing the information? Why is this information being provided by the organisation/individual? What implications does this information hold? What is the significance of the information being provided? *** 1. Factual Errors The CIA has a cleverly labelled website and publication called the World Factbook. Cleverly labelled because it is the CIA’s – and thus the US government’s – attempt to define for us what is “correct” information…

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Author Lawrence Joffe Takes on Advisory Role at Arab Millennial Internal News 

Author Lawrence Joffe Takes on Advisory Role at Arab Millennial

For those of you that follow Arab Millennial closely, you may already be aware of our good relationship with author, editor, writer and journalist Lawrence Joffe. Today, that relationship has taken a more formal capacity. Lawrence Joffe writes articles for the Guardian, has edited a variety of books on Middle Eastern politics, and has authored his own Illustrated History of the Jewish People. In his advisory capacity at Meretz UK and the Arab-Jewish Forum, and as a writer at BBC News, Lawrence has always been an active advocate for equal rights for Arabs and…

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