Middle East

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 […]

What Do We Know About Iran?

What Do We Know About Iran?

By Gabriel Glickman, Doctoral Candidate in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

Iran’s goal is to further entrench the repressive Islamic regime and Western leaders are falling for it by continuing to engage Iran in dialogue. Revolutions are cumulative affairs. And, because they are premised on a notion of constant change, they rarely reach a cessation after achievement of the original goal. Therefore, we may presume that a revolution requires consistent measures of reform in order to adhere to the strict code of improvement that subjects come […]

May 7, 2014 · 0 comments · Iran, Middle East, Politics
Will the Middle East Default on its Sovereign Debt?

Will the Middle East Default on its Sovereign Debt?

By Chia-an Chan, Graduate Student in International Relations at New York University
Location United States United States

The price of oil peaked in 2009 at $140 per barrel but hovers around $105 per barrel today. Middle Eastern countries are still wealthy, but in the long-term, the relatively low oil price will create budget deficits, which can destabilize the region. The darkness ahead is big and scary. Middle Eastern countries need high oil prices to sustain economic growth, and this is the way it used to work. The high GDP growth rate can create jobs, […]

April 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Business, Economics, Middle East
Hurdles Managing Trash in the Middle East

Hurdles Managing Trash in the Middle East

By Salman Zafar, Founder of EcoMENA
Location India India

Though Islam puts great stress on waste minimization, it is unfortunate that Arab countries in the Middle East are among the world’s highest per capita waste generator. In the Middle East, waste management is bogged down by deficiencies in legislation and poor planning. Many countries lack legislative framework and regulations to deal with wastes. Insufficient funds, absence of strategic waste management plans, lack of coordination among stakeholders, shortage of skilled manpower and deficiencies in technical […]

June 2, 2013 · 1 comment · Environment, Health, Middle East
Tweeting the Egyptian Revolution: Part 2

Tweeting the Egyptian Revolution: Part 2

By Gillian Kennedy, PhD Candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at King's College, London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

It seems as if the spirit of January 25 lives on. Though the enemy has changed it colors the same familiar authoritarian response continues. Police tanks, tear gas, and an intransigent state regime reflected through its negligence of the reality of the opposition. If you were to believe the news emerging from Ikhwanweb, you’d think that today’s protest was nothing more than a meager bunch of teenagers getting carried away with themselves on a cold […]

November 27, 2012 · 0 comments · Egypt, Middle East, Tech
Israeli Media Face Crises, Cry Foul

Israeli Media Face Crises, Cry Foul

By Alan Abbey, Director of Media and Internet Services at Shalom Hartman Institute
Location Israel Israel

The evolving global media climate – from news websites, to social media, to free metro daily newspapers – is having as much impact in Israel as elsewhere, with the country’s traditional media all suffering or, in some cases, potentially closing. Plus, the country’s small size and language limit the boundaries in which these media perform.

November 7, 2012 · 0 comments · Culture, Israel, Media, Middle East, Tech
Anghami Will Win Mideast Music Market

Anghami Will Win Mideast Music Market

By George Audi, Anghami Business Development Manager
Location Lebanon Lebanon

Tell anyone that you’re launching a music start-up and their first reaction is one of skepticism – how can anyone build a sustainable business from an industry in decline, eaten away by piracy and hindered by ever-more complex regulations? Yet, here at Anghami, we breathe music. And we’re confident that our oxygen is not about to stop flowing.