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Public health challenges in the Middle East

By Dr Cesar Chelala Despite modest growth and poverty reduction, some important gains in the health status of the population have been achieved in the Middle East, thanks to improvements in technology, health service delivery and public health programmes. However, the whole region still faces important public health challenges. For example, although the region has decreasing …

Daily News Egypt

Who supports terrorist forces in the ongoing wars?

There is a war, or rather wars, taking place in the Middle East between political Islam and ruling regimes, and most observers note that on one side of these wars stands a group of states and governments while the other includes religious, extremist, and militant groups and organisations. The current scene may bring to mind …

Farid Zahran

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE leads the counterrevolution

By James M. Dorsey War planes from oil-rich Gulf states play a supporting role in the US-led air campaign to counter the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Despite their massive weapons acquisitions in recent years the Gulf states’ participation may make little military difference in the war against the jihadists, but it serves everyone’s …

Daily News Egypt

Middle East Realism – How power completely overcomes values

By Mohammed Nosseir What matters in the Middle East is the reality on the ground. Having good ideas and some moral values – but no power – makes you a useless entity, while possessing power but no ethical values can sustain your presence for a lengthy period and enable you to gain more ground. This …

Daily News Egypt

The need for a peace narrative in the Middle East

Dr Cesar Chelala Growing up in Tucuman, a town in the North of Argentina, I had the opportunity to see a small example of peaceful coexistence and collaboration between Arabs and Jews. I was reminded of that experience after reading an article by Uri Avnery, one of the leading peace activists in Israel. Tucuman, a medium-size city …

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Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?

By Fadi Elhusseini The new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout previous aggressions Israel launched on the Gaza strip, several military goals were declared. This time, the “Protective Edge” operation comes in a different …

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Mideast consortium agrees $500m National Petroleum Services buy

Reuters – A consortium of Gulf-based investors including Fajr Capital and Arab Petroleum Investment Corp (APICORP) have agreed on a deal to acquire Dubai-based oilfield services firm National Petroleum Services, Fajr said on Tuesday. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, is valued “in excess of $500m”, it said …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt court sentences four gays to prison

AFP – A court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison on Monday for practicing homosexuality, a judicial official said. Prosecutors had accused the men of holding “deviant parties” and dressing in women’s clothes. Three were sentenced to eight years and the fourth to three years in prison. Prosecutors have …

Daily News Egypt

Middle East grain buyers avoid Ukraine, import bills could rise

Reuters – Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills. The Black Sea region, mostly Ukraine and Russia, has become the major source of wheat and barley for Middle East importers …

Daily News Egypt

South Africa’s youth employment bill

In May of 2012, a violent clash erupted between protesters and the opposition. Although this sounds like a fairly common news report from Egypt these days, the incident in fact took place in South Africa. The Democratic Alliance (DA), the main opposition to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), took to the streets to march …

Iris Boutros