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Mazen Darwish is imprisoned in Syria for speaking a language of freedom


I met my husband, Mazen Darwish, for the first time through friends, in a cafe in Damascus in September 2009. We started to work on a project about cultural censorship in Syria, but this project never saw the light of day.

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Syria: Putting a stop to Assad and his atrocities
Global Arab Network - Hadi Al Bahra
Syria Politics
Syria Putting a stop to Assad and his atrocities
Four years ago, thousands of Syrian men, women and children took to the streets peacefully to demand their right to basic human freedoms.
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UN has failed Syria: NGOs
Syria Politics

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The United Nations Security Council has “failed” the Syrian people, according to some of the world’s largest NGOs.
A "report card" compiled by more than 20 aid organisations working in and around Syria – including Oxfam,

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The technology behind Syria's lights out campaign

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Dramatic satellite images of Syria’s steady loss of night-time light during its four-year civil war have been released by human rights groups pushing for both a stronger humanitarian response to the crisis and increased efforts towards a political resolution.

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Syria four years on - an unimaginable toll
Syria Politics


As Syria's war enters its fifth year, the human toll is almost unimaginable.
210,060 people have died. That's 145 per day since the conflict began, or six every hour.

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Egypt, UAE ink deal to build brand new capital east of Cairo


Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday signed a deal to build Egypt’s new administrative capital, east of the existing capital Cairo.

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Gulf women and competing economies

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‘Arab Women’ are the subject of Western and Eastern curiosity and, often, fascination. However, most attempts to investigate ‘Arab Women’ reduce them to one entity, ignoring their multitude of experience. The fact is Arab women are very different from each other.

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Improving Mediterranean trade: project trains future experts in efficient maritime transport


A group of ten people from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia have undergone a specialized training dedicated to intermodal transport as a way to improve the efficiency of freight circulation between Mediterranean ports.

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Iraqi disputes over Iran’s role in fighting ISIS
Iraq Politics

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The nuclear deal that President Barack Obama insists on concluding with Iran has had negative repercussions within the United States but positive ones in terms of the Russian relationship with Middle Eastern countries.

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Lebanon’s March 14 coalition, ten years on
Lebanon Politics


This week we mark the creation of the March 14 coalition in Lebanon, and it will occur amidst the absence of some figures, either because they chose to be absent or because they were forced to be - it doesn’t make a difference.

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It’s time for an united Arab strategy
Global Arab Network - Eyad Abu Shakra

Arab League Countries Highlighted in Green

Several facts these days give the impression that the Arab world has no clear vision as to where it stands in the unfolding Middle East developments. Most Arab countries seem as if they are unable to respond rationally to these developments which now endanger their national unity, if not their very existence.

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Women entrepreneurs thriving in Gaza’s nascent start-up community

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It is amazing how often in crisis, new opportunities arise. Gaza is no exception. With its borders tightly controlled, the narrow strip (roughly twice the size of Washington, D.C.) is the last place one would think of looking for economic opportunities for young women.

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Qatar’s technological ambitions: The future is now

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With the announcement of another milestone in Qatar’s satellite programme coming at the end of last year, the body of material evidence suggesting significant recent ICT sector development in the state grew in both size and quality.

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Jordan moves to address energy crunch

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Rising demand for power and disruptions to gas supplies from EgJordan currently buys in around 97% of the energy it consumes. Primary demand continues to grow at an annual rate of around 5.5%.

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