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How Can Foreign Investment Become a Driving Force for Development in Tunisia? Ask My Brother
Opinion

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In any developing country, you’ll hear politicians and government officials talk about foreign investment as a solution, a priority and a need.

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Djibouti: What Happens When Women Control the Income?
Culture

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Imagine you are a mother of three in Djibouti, a tiny country on the Horn of the Africa with scarce farmable land or drinking water that is a frequent victim of devastating floods and droughts.

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Tunisian women fight for their say in politics
Tunisia Politics

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On October 26, Tunisians go to the polls for the first time under their new constitution to elect 217 new parliamentarians to govern their small Mediterranean country for the next five years.

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Two Scenarios for a Hotter and Drier Arab World—And What We Can Do About It
Economics

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If you think the summers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are hot—think again. Summers are likely to become much warmer.

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Sexual Violence against Egypt’s Street Children Can No Longer Be Ignored
Culture

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Violence against Egyptian women has received extensive coverage in the newspapers, accompanied by numerous online testimonials.

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Egypt’s Quiet Existential Crisis: Overpopulation
Economics

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Egypt faces a number of challenges but there is one in particular that is rarely discussed: overpopulation. A couple of decades back, the country had a good family planning system, but the recent surge in the population is a crisis of potentially epic proportions.

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Algeria expands fertiliser production with new plant
Economics

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Fertiliser production is increasing in Algeria, thanks in part to two new major sites already online and a third due to start early 2015.

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€45m investments bolster Morocco’s aeronautics sector
Global Arab Network - - Amal Hasson
Economics

New investments bolster Moroccos aeronautics sector

Two new investment deals in Morocco, totalling nearly €45m, offer the most recent sign of high investor interest in the North African kingdom’s aeronautics industry.

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Egypt expanding Suez Canal - Raising revenue in the longer term
Global Arab Network - - Ahmed Rashid
Economics

Looking to Suez expansion for economic growth in Egypt

Hopes are rising that a $4bn project to widen the Suez Canal will provide Egypt with a boost in construction activity,

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Arab Countries Import Half of their Food
Global Arab Network - Mohammed Tafraouti
Economics

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The 2014 annual report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on Food Security in Arab countries,

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EU launches project to foster cooperation in Southern Mediterranean cultural and creative industrie
Global Arab Network - - Maha Karim
Culture

EU launches project to foster competitiveness and entrepreneurial cooperation in Southern Mediterranean cultural and creative industries

The Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean has officially launched the UfM-labelled project “Establishment of a Regional Platform for the Development of Cultural and Creative Industries and Clusters in the Southern Mediterranean”.

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Libya aid push constrained by insecurity
Global Arab Network - - Jihad Taki
Libya Politics

Libya aid push constrained by insecurity

A wave of violence between militia groups vying for power is sweeping across parts of Libya, prompting international organizations to put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 people by the end of this year.

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Egypt: Release Arrested University Students
Egypt Politics

Egypt Release Arrested University Students

Egyptian authorities should release more than 110 university students arrested since the start of the school year on October 11, 2014.

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Irrigation expansion to support Algeria’s agricultural output
Global Arab Network - - Amina Murtada
Economics

Irrigation expansion to support Algerias agricultural output

External pressures in 2014 have left Algeria’s agricultural sector more exposed than usual, which presents a perennial challenge given the size of the country’s import bill.

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Phosphate companies target higher output in Morocco
Global Arab Network - - Amal Hasson
Economics
Phosphate companies target higher output in Morocco
While Morocco’s phosphate exports – a key revenue-earner – may have been impacted by declining commodity prices, the sector is anticipating general growth for the years ahead, with most analysts predicting a recovery in the global market by 2016.
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Egypt expecting tourism recovery by next year
Global Arab Network - - Adnan Kassar
Travel

Egypt expecting tourism recovery by next year

The government in Egypt is expecting a recovery of its tourism sector by next year after the latest data showed the tide may be turning for an industry that has been hit hard by domestic instability over the past three years.

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Tunisia’s tourism sector sees an increase in arrivals
Global Arab Network - - Asmaa Malik
Travel

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In line with some of the other encouraging developments in Tunisia, the announcement of last year’s tourism results indicates the sector is on a path to recovery, with arrivals and other indicators rising towards pre-revolution levels.

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Algeria to revive mining industry
Global Arab Network - - Ammar Shikhani
Economics

Algeria to revive mining industry

Hydrocarbons have long served as the backbone of Algeria’s economy, but in recent months, there has been a push to encourage activity in other extractive industries, following the introduction of new legislation aimed at increasing mineral production.

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Morocco looks to further boost automotive investments
Global Arab Network - - Amina Murtada
Industry

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The automotive industry in Morocco, alongside its aeronautical components sector, has seen significant growth over the past decade, with the country now hosting hundreds of manufacturing firms churning out everything from family sedans to airplane cabling.

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New technology changes the working day, offering a strategy for more jobs in the Middle East
Technology

New technology changes the working day offering a strategy for more jobs in the Middle East

Arne HoelIt’s no secret that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has the highest youth unemployment rate in the entire world: nearly 30% according to the International Labour Organization.

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Moving beyond street protests: Building social accountability in the Arab world
Culture

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At the heart of the upheavals that swept across the Middle East region during the Arab Spring was the call for more transparent, fair and accountable government.

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Youth Employment in Egypt and Tunisia vs. Jordan and Morocco Three Years After the Arab Awakening
Economics

Youth Employment in Egypt and Tunisia vs. Jordan and Morocco Three Years After the Arab Awakening

December 17 marked the third anniversary of the Arab Awakening. On that date, three years ago, Mohammed Bouzazizi set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid,Tunisia.

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Morocco: Turning a Commitment to Clean Energy into Reality
Energy

Morocco Turning a Commitment to Clean Energy into Reality

In 2009, Morocco adopted a visionary energy sector development plan that committed to increasing the country’s share of renewable energy to 42 percent of national capacity by 2020.

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Lingering psychological trauma three years after Libya’s uprising
Global Arab Network - - Asif Khalifa
Libya Politics

Lingering psychological trauma three years after Libyas uprising

In Hay El-Islami, a poor neighbourhood in western Tripoli, two groups of children are facing off. The first is led by a 10-year-old whipping a strip of plastic. About 30 metres down the dusty, unpaved street, their rivals wait with wooden sticks.

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