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Saudi Arabia’s Quiet Policy Shift

Saudi Arabia’s Quiet Policy Shift

By Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdel Aziz, London-Based Writer, Journalist, Humanitarian and Businesswoman
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

Saudi Arabia feels kept in the dark and then demoted by the nuclear deal with Iran, and their major ally, the United States, was responsible. The result will be that a resurgent Iran, now better placed to exert influence in the region, is met with a more assertive Saudi foreign policy. The official voice of the King tells us that he is happy with the Iran nuclear deal and Syrian compliance with the destruction of […]

Zero Hunger Through Sustainable Solutions

Zero Hunger Through Sustainable Solutions

By Daniel Balaban, Director and Representative of the WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil
Location Brazil Brazil

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger promotes sustainable solutions to attain food security and nutrition. Using the Brazilian experience as reference, the Centre’s record in the past few years evidences an increasing number of countries moving towards the Zero Hunger goal. Brazil’s strategy to combat hunger In just over a decade, Brazil has made outstanding headway to overcome hunger and promote food security through its Zero Hunger Strategy (ZHS). Since the launch of the […]

January 27, 2015 · 1 comment · Health
The Ukraine Crisis: No End in Sight?

The Ukraine Crisis: No End in Sight?

By Catherine Lefèvre, Co-founder of Global Public Policy Watch
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

So far, despite their clear economic effect, additional sanctions have done little to de-escalate the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Much has happened over the past few months in Ukraine. One of the main events was the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine in July. This incident affected the relationship of the West with Russia, leading to additional sanctions imposed by the EU and the US […]

January 27, 2015 · 0 comments · Politics, Ukraine
Exploring The Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands

Exploring The Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands

By Ubaidulla Thangal, Management Professional
Location India India

Lakshadweep is a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea off the southwestern coast of India. India has witnessed new economic and political contours with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Lakshadweep group of islands, consisting of 36 coral islands spread across the Arabian Sea of which 10 islands are inhabited and the rest are uninhabited, are arguably one of the most beautiful unexplored terrains in the world. The groups of islands are geographically situated at the […]

January 26, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, India, Travel
King Salman, Empowered Citizens Can Save The Country

King Salman, Empowered Citizens Can Save The Country

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Saudi Arabia can be saved if the current Saudi rulers see the world for what it is as opposed to clinging to their skewed version of reality. Former Crown Prince, now King Salman, stated recently that Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf monarchies) is “… passing through the most delicate situation in its history as a result of highly dangerous challenges.” The unprecedented and unexpected sudden mass revolts in the Arab world (“the Arab Spring”) caught […]

January 23, 2015 · 1 comment · Politics, Saudi Arabia
Military Tribunal Courts in Gilgit Baltistan: A Suicide Attack on Local Autonomy

Military Tribunal Courts in Gilgit Baltistan: A Suicide Attack on Local Autonomy

By Senge Sering, President of Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies
Location United States United States

Gilgit Baltistan is pressing for autonomy as part of a larger push towards democracy. The Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, long under dispute with India, operates without a constitutional framework. This lack of rule of law has meant that all judicial matters have been guided by political motives. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent establishment of military tribunal courts in the region is a continuation of the policy to rule Gilgit Baltistan as a modern […]

January 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

By The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) Group
Location Israel Israel

Israel must decide on its future from a position of strength and not to be dragged along by events. [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles examining the Israeli Peace Initiative.] The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) is a nonpartisan movement whose 800 members come from left, center and left—and represent business, hi-tech, academic, security, diplomatic, civil society and media communities. We are the first to propose a regional initiative to end […]

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

Why The Media Neglects Baloch Missing Persons

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Domestic media in Pakistan and international media omit proper coverage of the plight of Baloch missing persons. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an association of peaceful protest formed by the families of those missing, claims there are 18,000 unsolved cases of missing persons. Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest of its four administrative provinces, is a resource-rich territory where thousands of innocent Baloch civilians and political activists have allegedly been abducted since President Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. Locals […]