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

Tunisias tourism

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

automotive industry in Morocco

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

egypt ميدان التحرير Moving beyond street protests Building social accountability in the Arab world

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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Alert over spike in Middle East flu-like virus
Science & Health

Alert over spike in Middle East flu-like virus

Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu-like bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA.

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To diversify the economy - Algeria investing in the downstream energy sector
Global Arab Network - - Amal Hasson
Economics

Algeria pushes ahead with petrochemicals plans

The location of a new petrochemicals facility and industrial zone in Bejaia has been finalised, signalling progress in the Algerian government’s plan to invest in the downstream energy sector as part of a broader goal to diversify the economy.

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Morocco looks to be financial services gateway to Africa
Global Arab Network - - Ahmed Gamal
Economics

Bank al-Maghreb

As part of a broader push to boost Morocco’s links with fast-growing frontier markets in West and Central Africa, in mid-February the Moroccan parliament adopted a law which formalises the status of Casablanca’s international financial centre and adds new measures to attract investors.

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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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