Tag Archives: Middle East

Yemen Crisis: Is the Damage Permanent?
By admin June 22, 2018

Yemen is still facing the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, and it is not getting better. Mass killings and displacements have taken place since the start of war in 2015, and the country has become a playground for national and international powers. The ongoing conflict in Yemen intensified in March 2015 when Houthi rebels—a minority

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Amidst Global Refugee Crisis: Establishing Financial Security
By admin April 3, 2018

Photo Source: Al Jazeera   Despite progress around humanitarian intervention and the improved living conditions of refugee camps around the world, many refugees continue to face limited access to social and economic opportunities to integrate into a new country and live prosperous lives. Evidence from Consultative Group to Assist the Poor’s (CGAP) working paper on

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MENA: The Final Mobile Money Frontier
By admin February 8, 2018

  The mobile money industry has had a fantastic decade. We have seen how one connected handset can transform the life of not just its owner, but also the lives of his or her family and broader community. A mere ten years after M-Pesa launched in Kenya, the mobile money industry now celebrates an impressive

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The Political Implications of US Recognition of Jerusalem
By admin December 13, 2017

Last week, President Trump announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Trump justify the move as a method to advance the peace process in the Middle East. Immediate reactions included Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lambasting Trump’s announcement, warning that such a decision actually poses insecurity

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Palestine Begins Process of Unification
By admin November 2, 2017

Yesterday marked another major step in the unification of Palestine, as the Palestinian Authority took control over Gaza Strip crossings from Hamas. This was a primary step in the historic peace agreement struck in mid October between Hamas and Fatah. Although the agreement has held steady so far, the future will bring considerable difficulties that

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Yemen: “A Bus Racing Towards The End of a Cliff”
By admin August 7, 2017

Since civil war broke out in Yemen almost three years ago, a dire humanitarian situation has unfolded, and appears to only be getting worse. Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, has been left devastated by two warring factions of the countries leadership. The civil war has killed more than 10,000 people,

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Iran Nuclear Deal, Is It Still “The Worst Deal Ever”?
By admin July 24, 2017

  On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump criticized many of his predecessor’s deals, some of which the US President has begun dismantling. Alongside the Paris Climate Agreement, the international nuclear agreement with Iran was scorned by Trump as being insufficiently tough and going as far to say it was “the worst deal ever.” Now, for

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Morocco’s Growing Discontent
By admin June 8, 2017

As Samuel Huntington claims in his essay titled “The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century,” every movement happens in waves. There appear to be trends in the way that countries move towards democracy and globalization. Many people have called the Arab Spring a fourth wave considering the number of Middle Eastern countries that

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Palestine on the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis
By admin April 11, 2017

The Gaza Strip is on the verge of a “humanitarian crisis”. According to the United Nations, a top commander in the Israeli army had written to them to warn about the lack of water and electricity being supplied in the Gaza Strip, thus to prepare for such crisis. Not only did the top commander write,

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Is History Funding the War?
By admin January 10, 2017

Artifacts and antiquities are slowly disappearing as the ongoing war continues in the Middle East. The destruction and obliteration of areas leave the world stunned as to wondering what will happen to critical archaeological and historical sites. Some of the world’s most ancient artifacts lie in the Middle Eastern area. Technological advancements such as social

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To be in Solidarity is to be Human
By admin November 30, 2016

Tuesday marked the United Nation’s International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People. From Yemen to Syria to Russia and Ukraine, there are struggles for power and domination taking place around the world. World powers and international organizations are stretched thin as they work to manage the political, economic and humanitarian effects of these situations.

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Middle Eastern Development Needs More Public Health Workers
By admin September 26, 2016

Better health is central to human happiness and well-being, the WHO affirms; it is a fundamental variable influencing people’s ability to exit their poverty traps and contributes to economic progress as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more in the long-term. When talking about the Middle East, experts tend to stress the

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China and the Future of Development in the Middle East
By admin May 4, 2016

  China’s meteoric economic rise this century has naturally attracted the attention of Middle Eastern countries which face many of the challenges that China claims to have overcome, including pressure form a young and growing population, non-democratic models of governance and the issue of legitimacy, and perhaps more importantly – development. Xue Qingguo, head of

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