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1548, Section: Opinion


Foreign aid: development or ‘de-development’?

Published on 17 April 2014 by Hani Mahmoud / / First published April 13 in Opinion

The idea of foreign aid is rather attractive—at least theoretically. However, when examined carefully, foreign aid in its very nature entails a process of injecting large sums of money into developing countries otherwise gripped by poverty, war, and conflict. While in theory, that money should improve people’s lives and alleviate poverty leading to sustainable growth and development, the stark reality is that foreign aid has often presented more challenges than opportunities.

Bringing Muslims back to science

Published on 17 April 2014 by Mohamed Ghilan / / First published April 11 in Opinion

The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualizing it.“ To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle. However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable rule for correct judgment is paradoxically the most disregarded one.

The Arabs smitten by the Israeli lobby

Published on 15 April 2014 by Mohamed Elmenshawy in Opinion

Israel and the Gulf states sometimes tend to adopt a united regional vision regarding various issues, especially in the last three years

How to stabilize Yemen

Published on 15 April 2014 by Alastair Sloan in Opinion

In today’s fractured Yemen, the solution is not with Hellfire missiles, it is with fixing the economy.

Tunisia’s promise and strategic potential

Published on 15 April 2014 by Lara Talverdian in Opinion

After a year of heightened tensions, growing divisions, and two high-profile assassinations, Tunisians launched a national dialogue that culminated in the adoption of a progressive constitution in January 2014. This

Yemeni Discussion Forums: It is Good to Talk!

Published on 15 April 2014 by Murad Alazzany in Opinion

An internet search of al-montdiat al-Yemniah (translated as ' Yemeni forums') will return many sites.

What Yemen’s youth got out of the National Dialogue Conference

Published on 10 April 2014 by Rafat Al-Akhali in Opinion

After ten months of extensive negotiations and discussions, Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) concluded on the January 21, 2014. It is critical to analyze the NDC outcomes and assess whether it addresses the calls for change that Yemeni youth initiated in 2011.

The Repercussions of the GCC Tension in Yemen

Published on 10 April 2014 by Khaled Fattah in Opinion

The falling out between Riyadh and Doha leaves Yemen divided over which patron to follow.

When the CIA was an outpost of Arabism

Published on 10 April 2014 by Hugh Wilford in Opinion

From Cold War-era coups to “enhanced interrogation” in the “war on terror,” the CIA has courted the suspicion and hatred of the Muslim world.

Yemen’s ‘Muwaladeen’: The struggle for equal citizenship

Published on 8 April 2014 by Atiaf Alwazir / / First published April 5 in Opinion

A Yemeni activist and I were talking while walking in downtown Sana'a one hot morning. An old man kept turning back to look at us and eventually asked him with curiosity: "where are you from?" my colleague simply responded with a smile. "Ethiopia, Somalia?" asked the old man.