Morocco, Algeria and the Western Sahara conflict: who’s right and who’s wrong?

The Western Sahara remains a disputed territory and the host of one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. The region, known as the “Southern Provinces” in Morocco, was colonised by Spain in 1884 and became the object of dispute between Morocco and Mauritania in...

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The challenge of true secularism in Israel

The Israel and Palestine conflict has spanned various decades. However, despite efforts from both parties to facilitate the peace process, a two-state solution and peaceful co-existence does not look likely to occur in the foreseeable future. One can attribute this to the many obstacles...

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5 fantastic funding opportunities for Arab entrepreneurs

Whether you are a part of a budding startup or a fearless social enterprise, we’ve got exciting  news for you. Here are 5 hotly anticipated funding opportunities across the MENA region to kick start your business. *** 1. Dubai Startup Hub Smartpreneur Competition 3.0...

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Can Tunisia be considered an example of Arab Spring success?

January 2018 saw the eruption of protests, demonstrations and violent clashes with police in cities and towns across Tunisia. A fitting date, as it marked seven years since the overthrow of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23-year authoritarian reign. These protests bring into...

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Egypt’s political prisoners: who they are and why they should be released

In October 2017, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi claimed in an interview with France 24 that ‘there are no political prisoners in Egypt’. Domestic and international rights organisations paint a very different picture of the situation for incarcerated government opponents and critics amidst an...

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