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Egypt joins the military effort against ISIS
Opinion

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Egypt entered officially – and in real terms – the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through the Libyan gateway this week, after Jordan stepped up its military operations against ISIS last week through the Syrian path. Iraq has pledged to crush ISIS on its territory, which has seen intensive airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led international coalition.

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Libya, a new terror theatre in a larger arena
Global Arab Network - Eyad Abu Shakra
Libya Politics

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The horrifying seaside slaughter of 20 innocent Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian opens a new chapter in the war against wanton terrorist violence, whose perpetrators are hell-bent on pushing Islam—as a whole—on a collision course with world civilizations.

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For Egypt not to fall in the ISIS trap
Global Arab Network - Jamal Khashoggi
Egypt Politics

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The U.N. Security Council and international community saved Egypt from falling into a trap which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) set for it. The international community did so by rejecting President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s call for an international military intervention in Libya.

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Algeria Year in Review 2014
Economics

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Hydrocarbons-rich Algeria benefited from steady growth in 2014 even amid declining crude prices, thanks in part to strong public spending and increased manufacturing activity.

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Egypt ready to roll out massive project to build homes
Economics

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Construction is soon to begin on the first phase of a long-awaited government plan in Egypt to develop one million new homes, adding to a building boom and infrastructure projects already under way across the country to spur economic growth.

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What next for Libya?
Libya Politics

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If any further evidence was needed of the importance of ending the power struggle that has plunged Libya into chaos since last summer, it was the reminder this week that sympathisers of the so-called Islamic State (IS) are keen to exploit the resulting power vacuum.

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Automotive and electronics exports increasing - Morocco’s economy expanding
Economics

Morocco - Diversified economy keeps the growth up

Morocco’s economy is estimated to have expanded by around 3% in 2014 on the back of automotive and electronics exports increasing by more than a quarter in the first 11 months of the year and the government reining in public spending.

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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
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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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