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What (Some) Women Want

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 02.24.2015 | Women
Rym Tina Ghazal

It probably applies to both genders. I should start by saying this is not a scientific sampling; it's just women I met from different religions and backgrounds. This is what I found from my own interviews:

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

WATCH: The Dirty Secret Behind the NYU, Louvre, Guggenheim Projects in Abu Dhabi

Human Rights Watch | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Human Rights Watch

Serious concerns about workers' rights have not been resolved for a high-profile project in Abu Dhabi that will host branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums and a campus of New York University (NYU).

Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

One of the highlights of last year's Government Summit, an annual international forum held in Dubai designed to help shape the future of governments, was the announcement that the UAE was set to introduce drones to help deliver ID cards, driving licenses and other permits to its residents.

Keen to Project a Progressive Image, the UAE Picks Its Battles

James Dorsey | Posted 02.08.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Projecting an image of being politically and culturally on the cutting edge, the UAE carefully picks its battles. Participation in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has projected the Emirates as a military force to be reckoned with. Soccer is the Emirates' next target.

A Field Guide to Jordan's Battle Against ISIS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Jordan's boundless generosity has provided a safe haven for the human tide of refugees that have been thrust upon it from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

Egypt Appoints Controversial UAE Hired Gun As Elections Monitor

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's efforts to lend legitimacy to parliamentary elections scheduled for this spring have gotten off to a murky start with the appointment of a controversial, reportedly United Arab Emirates-backed human rights NGO as one of five foreign election monitors.

Gulf-Iranian Proxy War Spills Onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran.

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

Angry Saudi Soccer Clubs Pinpoint Gulf Labor Market Contradictions

James Dorsey | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Mounting anger among Saudi soccer clubs at their subjugation to quotas designed to encourage employment of Saudi nationals and reduce dependence on foreign labour illustrates problems encountered by wealthy Gulf countries in balancing the contradictory demands of labour markets.

American Teacher Stabbed To Death In Abu Dhabi Restroom

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An American schoolteacher was stabbed to death in a public restroom at a mall in Abu Dhabi by a suspect wearing t...

Gulf Agreement on Improved Migrant Worker Conditions Unlikely to Fend Off Activist Pressure

James Dorsey | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf nations have agreed on measures to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers who constitute a substantial segment, if not the majority, in a number of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

Likely Qatar Deportation of Striking Workers Raises Concerns

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar is signaling rejection of demands by human rights and trade union activists to grant trade union and collective bargaining rights to its majority migrant worker population with the detention and likely deportation of more than 100 predominantly South Asian laborers.

Energy Drink Ads Still Reach Young Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Two very different studies crossed my desk this week and, when read together, they point to a disturbing problem.

Activists Expand Labor and Human Rights Campaign Beyond Qatar to Include All Gulf States

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Gulf Soccer Diplomacy Highlights Regional Divisions

James Dorsey | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf states have invited Jordan and Morocco to compete in future Gulf Cups as part of a bid to strengthen their fragile six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time that they have at best papered over deep rifts within the group.

Muslim Groups Seek Clarity On Being Labeled Terrorists By UAE

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

The United Arab Emirates designated two top U.S. Muslim organizations as terrorists groups on Saturday, drawing "shock" and confusion from representat...

Amnesty: UAE Persecutes Political Activists In Unprecedented Clampdown

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has quietly mounted "an unprecedented clampdown on dissent" since 2011, with more than 1...

Qatar's Hosting of GCC Summit in Further Jeopardy Following Gulf States' Handball Boycott

James Dorsey | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah travelled to Doha last week for talks with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in a failed bid to mediate between the feuding Gulf states. Sheikh Tamim has also met several times with Saudi King Abdullah.

Europeans Are Crushing Americans In Vacation Days

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel

Surprise! Europe is winning at life again. Expedia's annual Vacation Deprivation Study -- which randomly surveyed 7,855 employed people across 24 ...

Study Asserts That Controversial Gulf Labor Regime Reduces Global Inequality

James Dorsey | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
James Dorsey

With the absence of labor rights in the Gulf under fire as a result of Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Gulf states are likely to take heart from a recent study that asserts that authoritarian regimes in the oil-rich Middle East and China have contributed more to the eradication of global inequality than Western nations.

Sponsorship of FIFA: a new front in Gulf political rivalry

James Dorsey | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Lurking in the background of world soccer body FIFA's talks with Qatar Airways to replace its Dubai rival Emirates as a sponsor is the escalating hostility between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as a result of their divergent attitudes towards political Islam.

Saudi Women Leaders Reshape Early Education

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Rahilla Zafar

Education today clearly ranks as a top priority for Saudi Arabia. Early childhood education has also received government support and mainstream attention in recent years, due in part to two Saudi visionaries. Ilham Al-Dakheel and Samia Kazi have been a powerful force in helping to gain recognition of the importance of early education.

Bahrain rattled by UK court's opening of door to investigation of torture allegations

James Dorsey | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A failed effort by a public relations company representing Bahrain and a UK law firm acting on behalf of Prince Nasser bin Hamad a...