Mubarak and Sisi: two sides of the same coin?

More than a million Egyptians took to the streets in the 2011 revolution to protest against autocratic governance, poverty, unemployment and government corruption. It was hoped that the fall of Mubarak would herald in a new democratic and free era in Egypt. Several years of...

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North Korea: should Trump be thanked for clearing his own mess?

Friends and enemies often swap sides and end up respecting each other. It is an age-old theme in Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars and Enemy at the Gates. This is because aggression, unlike indifference, establishes a relationship between two individuals who can often end up...

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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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