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BBC's Safety of Journalists Symposium calls for Al Jazeera staff release in Egypt
Global Arab Network - - Asif Khalifa
Media

BBCs Safety of Journalists Symposium calls for Al Jazeera staff release in Egypt

BBC Global News and CFOM, the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield, in cooperation with the BBC College of Journalism hosted the BBC’s Safety of Journalists Symposium,

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Morocco looks to welcome 20 million tourists & generate $17bn
Global Arab Network - - Ahmed Gamal
Travel

Morocco looks to welcome 20 million tourists  generate 17bn

Morocco continues to pursue its plans under Vision 2020 to attract up to 20m tourists each year, bring total bed capacity to 375,000, create 17,000 new jobs and

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Egypt: Journalists, Protesters, Academics Charged over Speech Offenses
Global Arab Network - - Mohammed Almasri
Egypt Politics

Egyptian authorities in recent months have demonstrated almost zero tolerance

Egyptian authorities in recent months have demonstrated almost zero tolerance for any form of dissent, arresting and prosecuting journalists, demonstrators,

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Libya and the legacy of an unfinished coup
Global Arab Network - Ramzy Baroud
Libya Politics

Libya and the legacy of an unfinished coup

On Feb. 14, 92 prisoners escaped from their prison in the Libyan town of Zliten. 19 of them were eventually recaptured, two of whom were wounded in clashes with the guards.

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Open letter from BBC and news organisations to the Egyptian authorities concerning Al-Jazeera journalists
Media

Egypt Peter Greste reporting for al-Jazeera Cairo

Open letter from BBC News and international news organisations to the Egyptian authorities concerning foreign correspondent Peter Greste.

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Arab Women’s Day: What needs to be done in the Middle East and North Africa
Culture

Arab Womens Day What needs to be done in the Middle East and North Africa

Almost everyone has heard of the annual International Women’s Day, but have you heard of the Arab Women’s Day? Despite having grown up in Syria, I have not heard of it.

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Beyond the law: Protecting Morocco's women
Culture

Beyond the law Protecting Moroccos women

At a conference on gender violence held in Rabat, Morocco in late January, UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo commended the country on its recently introduced draft bill protecting women against violence.

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EU and Algeria: moving forward together
Global Arab Network - - Adnan Kassar
Economics

EU and Algeria moving forward together

The Delegation of the European Union to Algeria is organising an event devoted to the EU-Algeria partnership on 24 February in Algiers.

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Tracking Tunisia's stolen assets - the balance sheet three years on
Economics

Tracking Tunisias stolen assets - the balance sheet three years on

On January 14, 2011, Tunisia’s President Zine El Abbedine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in the wake of a popular uprising against his 24 year-long rule.

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Algeria: Decline in hydrocarbon sector slowing the economic growth
Global Arab Network - - Amina Murtada
Economics

Algeria Economic performance

Economic performance last year was satisfactory. Inflation, which reached 8.9 percent last year, has decelerated significantly in 2013 thanks to fiscal consolidation and prudent monetary policy,

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MENA youth refuse to step down despite setbacks
Culture

MENA youth refuse to step down despite setbacks

The glow of the Arab Spring wore off in the media a while ago. Violence, internal division and widespread frustration have replaced the hopeful scenes of youth standing up to demand change.

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High-Speed internet and the Values of the Arab Spring
Technology

High-Speed internet and the Values of the Arab Spring

I remember once at a conference in Tunisia being asked by a young member of parliament why it made sense to invest in a fiber optic cable to a remote village in Djerba instead of improving more basic services such as electricity grids or water irrigation.

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Can MENA Break the Vicious Cycle of Low Growth and Political Instability?
Global Arab Network - Lili Mottaghi
Economics

Can MENA Break the Vicious Cycle of Low Growth and Political Instability

Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail announced last week that spending on petroleum subsidies is expected to increase by 10 percent in the current fiscal year ending June 2014.

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The Egyptian revolution still grinds on
Opinion

The Egyptian revolution still grinds on

What does it say about the state of Egypt's revolution when Ramy Essam, the "singer of the revolution", the artist most identified with Tahrir Square, couldn't risk going anywhere near Tahrir on the third anniversary of its outbreak - for fear of getting arrested, beaten by roving mobs of pro-Sisi celebrants, or worse?

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€205 million from EIB to fund energy project in Egypt
Global Arab Network - - Adnan Kassar
Energy

electricity million from EIB to fund energy project in Egypt

The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a loan agreement for an amount of €205 million to fund El Shabab power plant project in Egypt.

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Lowering Barriers to High Speed Internet in the Arab World
Economics

 Lowering Barriers to High Speed Internet in the Arab World

On affordability grounds alone, millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could be excluded from today’s information revolution.

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Morocco: Key financing deal to boost phosphate production
Global Arab Network - - Asmaa Malik
Economics

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The long-term outlook for Morocco’s phosphate production received a major boost last month, when the state-run Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) secured a key financing deal for its development strategy.

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Tunisia considering a $1.1 billion recapitalisation of state-owned banks
Finance

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Authorities in Tunisia are considering a $1.1bn recapitalisation of state-owned banks over the next two years in an effort to help reduce risk in the country’s financial sector and reassure investors.

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Algeria: New routes and bigger fleets expanding airline industry
Global Arab Network - - Adnan Kassar
Aviation

Algeria airline industry

A combination of new routes and bigger fleets is paving the way for a significant increase in capacity for Algeria’s airline industry, itself part of a broader government push to boost revenues from the tourism industry and drive up visitor numbers.

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There is no justice in Egypt any more
Opinion

Gika stencil at a protest in Tahrir Square

No parent should have to bury their child. But a year ago, the parents of teenager Gaber Salah Gaber Ahmed – also known as “Gika” – told us they had to do just that.

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Mainstreaming Citizen Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa Region
Culture

Mainstreaming Citizen Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa Region

Citizen Engagement (CE) is a means to empower citizens and enable them to participate—constructively and effectively—in public decisions.

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Will a return to political stability solve the economic problems in the Arab world?
Economics

A young Egyptian holding a flag

In the three years since the Arab Awakening of late 2010, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has seen an increase in conflict and political instability, on the one hand, and a deteriorating economic situation on the other.  Given the vicious cycle between economic hardship and conflict, it is natural to ask whether a return to political stability will restore prosperity in the region.

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Libya calls for EU help to tackle illegal immigrants
Libya Politics

Libya calls for EU help to tackle illegal immigrants

At the end of the Libyan civil war two years ago, Ben Suleiman’s militia brigade moved from fighting pro-Gaddafi forces to looking after more than 200 species of animal, including lions, crocodiles and hippopotami, in Tripoli’s zoo.

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Patient Feedback in Tunisian Public Hospitals: Sowing the Seeds of Accountability
Science & Health

Patient Feedback in Tunisian Public Hospitals

It started with the first cries of “degage” that resonated across southern and central Tunisia to the streets of the capital in the winter of 2010. Through the ups and downs of Tunisia’s transition, one constant has been the citizens’ demand that the government listen to their voices, in other words, the demand for greater accountability.

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