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What next after the Millennium Development Goals?

  /  December 18, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Bjorn Lomborg If you could come up with goals for the world to aspire to over the next 15 years, what would they be? What should we focus on? The United Nations is currently read the rest…

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Government and fans battle in court and on the pitch in Egypt and Turkey

  /  December 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian and Turkish football pitches are set to re-emerge as battlegrounds between militant, street battle-hardened fans and authoritarian leaders in a life and death struggle that involves legal proceedings to brand read the rest…

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Egypt looking to mend economy with energy moves

  /  December 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

  By Oxford Business Group Egypt has been making impressive progress in straightening up its balance sheet in recent months. Steep cuts in energy subsidies coupled with a drop in world oil prices have given read the rest…

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Egypt between mediocrity and suspension of disbelief

  /  December 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Wael Eskandar Very little has changed with regards to Egypt’s trajectory of descent into a social and political abyss ever since its security forces dispersed the Islamist sit-ins using great force and even much read the rest…

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What about Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians?

  /  December 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In order to discuss Al-Sisi’s relationship with politicians and get to the root causes of this apparent acrimony between the president and those working in politics in Egypt, we must review how the heads of read the rest…

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Militant football fans reassert their key role in protest with storming of Cairo stadium

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Militant, street battle-hardened football fans stormed a Cairo stadium in advance of the second leg of crowned Al-Ahly SC’s African Confederation Cup final against Ivory Coast’s Séwé Sport in a reassertion read the rest…

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Will Mubarak’s acquittal push Al-Sisi in a specific direction?

  /  December 7, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The vast majority of people were struck with the impression that the judgment acquitting Mubarak was not simply a court ruling issued by an independent judge acquitting Mubarak from specific crimes, but instead served to read the rest…

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Which is better for Al-Sisi: Strengthening Egyptian society or neutering it

  /  December 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

  By Mohammed Nosseir President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is perceived as the strongman of Egypt, constantly claims that his goal is to lead a strong country – yet he is actually working on neutering read the rest…

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Angry Saudi football clubs pinpoint Gulf labour market contradictions

  /  December 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey Mounting anger among Saudi football clubs at their subjugation to quotas designed to encourage employment of Saudi nationals and reduce dependence on foreign labour illustrates problems encountered by wealthy Gulf countries read the rest…

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Egypt and Gulf security equations

  /  December 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khaled Okasha At the end of last week, a statement was issued by the King of Saudi Arabia announcing the Riyadh supplementary agreement, whose goal is to clear the air in the Gulf. He read the rest…

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Messi’s other side

  /  December 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala When almost everybody thought that Lionel Messi’s best times were in the past, the Argentine player became the top scorer both in the Spanish and in the Champions League – an read the rest…

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Gulf agreement on improved migrant worker conditions unlikely to end activist pressure

  /  December 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

  By James M. Dorsey Wealthy Gulf nations have agreed on measures to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers who constitute a substantial segment, if not the majority, in a number of read the rest…

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Likely Qatar deportation of striking workers raises concerns

  /  November 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Qatar is signalling the rejection of demands of human rights and trade union activists to grant trade union and collective bargaining rights to its majority migrant worker population with the detention read the rest…

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The camera and the gun: Khaled Abol Naga

  /  November 30, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa In Egypt, the Al-Sisi regime wants opposition pens dry and artist’s mouths shut. Many Egyptian viewers expected Khaled Abol Naga to be more reticent after recently saying “we may soon need to read the rest…

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Will Al-Sisi reproduce the Mubarak regime?

  /  November 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Mubarak’s regime entered into decline when contradiction and conflict reached their peak among the ruling class and junta, as with what happened previously within the 1952 family. The contradictions and conflicts were the main motivation read the rest…

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Israeli raid on Palestinian football club signals dangerous hardening of battle lines

  /  November 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey A football brawl in Israel’s politically most loaded derby and an alleged subsequent raid by the Israeli military on the offices of Israel’s foremost Palestinian football club reflects a hardening of read the rest…

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Empower women to end world hunger

  /  November 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala A new report from the Bread for the World Institute entitled “When Women Flourish…We Can End Hunger” states that women and girls are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty because of read the rest…

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A rural community calls for an end to FGM

  /  November 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ignacio Artaza I recently visited the village of Beir Anbar in the district of Koft, Qena governorate, and listened to the powerful statement this community is conveying to the rest of the country to read the rest…

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Activists expand labour and human rights campaign beyond Qatar

  /  November 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system, and have expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the read the rest…

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Another way of ending FGM

  /  November 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr César Chelala Female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely practiced in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. More than 125 million women have been subjected to different forms read the rest…

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Innovation in Developing Economies

  /  November 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Michael R Czinkota and Ilkka Ronkainen Innovation in developing economies is evolving rapidly, but can still improve in terms of marketing. Businesses in emerging economies can make profits and can positively affect the livelihoods read the rest…

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How does Egyptian culture influence its politics?

  /  November 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Mohammed Nosseir Culture matters! And when it comes to Egyptian politics, it matters enormously. In the absence of a proper political structure, where the existing structure is often altered to better serve the ruler, read the rest…

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A woman fights against oppression in India

  /  November 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala One can fight oppression with violence or with education. Hema Konsotia, a 34-year-old Indian woman, has chosen the latter. She is helping to change a situation affecting an estimated 165 million read the rest…

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How does Sisi control the reins?

  /  November 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Within the “1952” – or “army” – family, power is transferred from president to president when the regime arrives at a crisis. For this reason, a new president must confront the causes that led to read the rest…

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Gulf football diplomacy highlights regional divisions

  /  November 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Wealthy Gulf states have invited Jordan and Morocco to compete in future Gulf Cups as part of a bid to strengthen their fragile six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time read the rest…

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Encouraging signs for Egypt’s economy

  /  November 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Oxford Business Group After years of uncertainty and turbulence, Egypt’s economy is beginning to show some signs of recovery, with a marked rise in business confidence helping to strengthen indicators in both capital markets read the rest…

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Moroccan refusal to host African Cup rooted in fear and prejudice

  /  November 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Morocco’s refusal to host next month’s 2014 African Cup of Nations football tournament out of fear that it could import the Ebola virus from West Africa spotlights complex relations between the read the rest…

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The Bank of 20XX

  /  November 15, 2014  /  Business, Opinion  /  No Comments

It started with the ATMs because they broke many banks’ assumption that their customers transacted all their bank business in their own branch.

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Terror at sea: Doomyat

  /  November 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Amr Khalifa The Mediterranean turned red last Wednesday. What we know is far less than we should: eight Egyptian sailors are missing, five are injured, reported the Egyptian army, in a battle with ‘terrorists’ read the rest…

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Has a transfer of power within the 1952 family led to drastic changes?

  /  November 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Power transition within the 1952 family occurs if the regime’s crisis reaches an impasse and “change” must take place to overthrow the president and the group or oligarchy surrounding him. This leads to new regime read the rest…

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