Iran takes legal action against the US

Iran has struggled to contain the spread of Covid-19 and has accused Washington of cutting off access to a life support system. Consequently, it is the hardest hit country in the Middle East. The latest figures show that the country has had 907,000 confirmed cases and 46,689 deaths, according to WHO. It was with great interest that I read that Iran...
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10 Growth Opportunities for Media and Entertainment Industry During the COVID-19 Crisis

This article looks at the intersection of COVID-19 with the media and entertainment industries. It is by Dr. Mohamed Abdulzaher, an academic and artificial intelligence journalism pioneer. He is based in Dubai. Media has played a major role over the last entire year in raising awareness of the pandemic, by reporting news, features and updates on 24...
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How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the Middle East

Transitioning between the Trump and Biden administrations in the US is not easy.  President Donald Trump refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. Consequently, he has been trying to overturn election results, especially in key states such as Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, and resorting to all sorts of conspiracy theories. Most of his c...
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How I see Covid-19 from a place that is Covid -19 free

Lucia Dore writes about her experience living in a largely Covid-19 free country. While the rest of the world suffers, she feels she is living in a "bubble". The weather is also getting hotter. The world is in a turmoil. Most people are waiting for the world to return to "normal"- that is, the way we did things pre-Covid-19. So many people have sai...
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UNRWA cares for Palestinian refugees

This interview took place in 2017 when UNRWA was still funded by the US. It is no longer, as my previous blog explains. UNRWA is 100 per cent funded by donations (the largest donor was the US) followed by the EU, some other European countries, Japan, and to some extent Australia and some smaller countries. Lucia Dore writes. A case study of UNRWA w...
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How the USA makes UNRWA's work impossible

"A healthy land comes out of a healthy society. No job, no electricity and no water. Without these things we cannot reach a healthy society." These are the words of Dr Akihiro Seita on the humanitarian disaster in last year's Israeli-Gaza war. Dr Seita is Director of Health at United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). In a wide-ranging interv...
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Will Israel's Netanyahu ready for a Biden presidency?

By Ben Caspit for Al Monitor If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were eligible to vote in the United States, he would naturally and logically have voted for President Donald Trump and convinced all his acquaintances to do so, as well. On the other hand, one school of thought believes Netanyahu has squeezed all he can out of this US preside...
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Water: Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

I have been following the US elections, as most people have, so my interest in this article is not to do with the US elections, though it is US-related. It explores the very difficult and fraught relationship between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and the murky issue of water. CAIRO —Al Monitor- Three days after US President Donald Trump's statements a...
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Coronavirus- why life has changed forever.

Life has changed enormously in the past year for most of the world. People can't travel abroad; they can't meet other members of their families or friends, with the number of people allowed to meet being limited- to about six in some countries, like the UK. It's been interesting living in a part of the world where there are very few cases and where...
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Will US foreign policy change much if either the incumbent, President Donald Trump, or Joe Biden is elected?

Will US foreign policy change much if the incumbent, President Donald Trump, or Joe Biden is elected? Much has been written about the US election and whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will make a difference to how the US conducts its foreign policy with the Middle East, Iran in particular, especially since the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear ...
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What do the American elections mean for the Middle East?

The American elections have dominated international media for a number of months. But will the election of Donald Trump or Joe Biden make a great deal of difference for the Middle East? It may herald some change in the direction of policy, but not much. Donald Trump is clearly the preferred candidate in the UAE and Bahrain, hence the so-called "nor...
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How the world looks upon Israeli expansion

The talk in the West, especially by President Trump, are the deals he says he has struck between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain. How these deals will pan out is not what the USA, or other parties in the West, will anticipate, I'm sure. Already, the Arab-Israeli faction in the Israeli Knesset has voted against the deal and not everyone is...
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A deeper insight into 7G journalism and the future beyond artificial intelligence technologies

What the next wave of journalism will look like is outlined by Dr Mohamed Abdulzaher, an Egyptian academic based in Dubai, the UAE. He specialises in artificial intelligence journalism and Dubai's Gulf Today carries his column regularly. Have you ever imagined what the world would be after the Fourth Industrial Revolution, after Artificial Intellig...
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Arab Youth: pragmatism over religion; UAE is shown to be the best country in the region

The number of Arab Youth- that is people who are 24 yearsor under - is about 200 million. The aim of opening education institutions in DubaiMedia City, and elsewhere was to ensure that the youth were well educated.   Asdaa BCW's 2020 Arab Youth Survey shows how Arab youth see their future. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a favoured dest...
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NZ Superfund releases report on Climate Change

NZ Super Fund releases Climate Change Report - First report prepared in accordance with TCFD framework - NZ Super Fund doubles carbon reduction targets - $800 million benefit to Fund from carbon reduction policy The NZD47 billion NZ Super Fund has released a Climate Change Report into how it manages and assesses climate-related risk and opportuniti...
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Adjusting to Kuwait's new reality

Kuwait not only has to adjust to having a new ruler but, like most countries, has to adjust to a new reality, especially economically, according to commentators. Since the death of Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the swearing in of the new emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Kuwait has a lot of readjusting to do. This art...
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The UAE reaches for the moon

The Middle East is in turmoil but so too is the US, if the first debate between Trump-Biden is anything to go by. What a mess. No one wants politics as low as that. There is no doubt that the Middle East is a mess for different reasons. It's not just politics but the level of corruption within society that is a problem for people living in the regi...
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What do Israeli-Arabs think of the UAE-Israel "normalisation" deal?

The "normalisation" deals between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain have been rejected by some Israeli Arabs, while others embrace them. Whether Palestine will be better off remains to be seen; for now the annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel is off the agenda. And the two Palestinian factions- Hamas (Gaza) and Fatah( Mahmoud Abb...
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Has the UAE bitten off more than it can chew?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always tried to punch above its size. It's a small Gulf country but has always had a lot of ambition. Why, for example, did Dubai, an UAE emirate, build the world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa? Orwhy does Abu Dhabi, UAE's capital, have some of the world's top museums? But the UAE also features highly in the in...
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UAE gets American drones from the US

The UAE-Israeli "normalization" deal makes sense when put in the background of an arms deal with the US and possibly with Israel. Will Chinese influence diminish, even though it has been supplying drones to the country for years? This story from Aljazeera explains how the UAE might benefit from the deal. UAE gets American drones as China ramps up s...
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