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 […]
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Here’s a parable: I’m sitting on a pillow in a cafe in Kathmandu. Except for the Nepali waiters, I’m surrounded by Israelis. The bizarre factor is stepped up by several notches when my waiter places the cup of Turkish coffee I’ve ordered on the table and casually says “Here you go, my brother” in slightly tinted Hebrew. I whisper to my travel mate that I feel out of place. We are both Israeli, but around […]
Syria’s situation has worsened over the past few months. The civilians, opposition as well as the State have incurred heavy losses. There seems to be no intent from the opposition of forfeiting their demands, with the Qatari Prime Minister warning that the country could turn into a “volcano of war and violence.” Although there have been a lot of violations by both sides in the ongoing conflict, greater chaos in Syria would mean explosive conditions […]
Do you remember Menachem Sheinkin? He was the one who originally suggested that a new city on the Mediterranean shore was named Tel Aviv in the 1920s. In modern-day Tel Aviv there is a Sheinkin Street, known to be one of the busiest and hippest places in Israel. Whether it is summer or winter, this is the part of the city that never sleeps. An Israeli version of the famous 1980s band Bananarama, made the […]
As the world continues to learn the details surrounding the terrorist hostage crisis in Algeria, it is undeniably true that battling these militants will necessitate more than just military force. According to Israeli intelligence, the standard profile of a terrorist is not someone who suffers from mental illness. Rather, it is someone who has gone through long conditioning, with funding playing a decisive role at every turn. By learning to hate through massively funded schools […]
The Arab region has experienced a number of historical developments in the last two years, a dynamic of change unseen since the 1950s. Analyzing the whereabouts of this dynamic might be pretentious for a grantmaking organization like the Arab Human Rights Fund (AHRF); nevertheless, reflecting on how this reshuffling of the cards would affect the situation of human rights in the region is a much-needed exercise at this stage. Cautious as we are, adopting a […]
Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has remained elusive. The politically correct paradigm proffered by the international community including Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United States has been two states, two peoples: an independent Palestinian state including the West Bank and Gaza alongside Israel. A two-state solution will remain elusive as long as the Palestinians are ideologically and politically divided in the West Bank and Gaza. […]