Post Tagged with: "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
A Land of Traumatized Historians

A Land of Traumatized Historians

By David Tejer, Cinematographer
Location Israel Israel

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 […]

March 5, 2013 · 1 comment · Israel, Politics
Syria: From a Peaceful State to a Volcano of War

Syria: From a Peaceful State to a Volcano of War

By Farooq Yousaf, Research Analyst
Location Pakistan Pakistan

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 […]

The Rise of Yair Lapid

The Rise of Yair Lapid

By David Jano, Middle East Analyst
Location Denmark Denmark

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 […]

January 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Israel, Politics
Targeting Terrorists Pockets

Targeting Terrorists Pockets

By Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Attorney and Director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center
Location Israel Israel

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 […]

January 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Israel, Politics, Shurat HaDin
An Insight on Human Rights Work from the Arab Region

An Insight on Human Rights Work from the Arab Region

By Elie Abouaoun, Executive Director of the Arab Human Rights Fund
Location Lebanon Lebanon

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 […]

January 13, 2013 · 1 comment · Arab League, Arab Spring, Economics
Will Jordan and Egypt Play a Greater Role in Palestinian Affairs in 2013?

Will Jordan and Egypt Play a Greater Role in Palestinian Affairs in 2013?

By Michael Sharnoff, Founder and Editor of Sharnoff's Global Views
Location United States United States

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. […]

December 31, 2012 · 2 comments · Palestine, Politics