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'Stand Up for What You Care About': The Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.28.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, in its second edition, is going to be phenomenal, mark my words. The six-day event will kick off with the world premiere of Amber Fares' Speed Sisters, a documentary featuring the stories of Marah, Mona, Betty, Noor and Maysoon -- the first all-woman rally-racing team in the Middle East.

Oil - A Question of Economics

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Luay Al Khatteeb

The recent debate over falling oil prices has become an over simplified economic question of supply and demand, ignoring other interrelated economic theories.

Middle East and North Africa: A Fatal Attraction

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

My Misery Index allows us to obtain a clear picture of the current economic situation. The Index is the simple sum of the inflation rate, unemployment rate and bank lending rate, minus per capita GDP growth.

'The Cannes Diaries': A Pre-Festival, Last-Minute Checklist

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

If you're looking for reviews, there are brilliant men and women out there who do it all beautifully. But if you're looking for highlights, fun tidbits and a slightly different way of looking at the grandest film festival in the world, you're in the right place.

Mother's Day From Near and Far

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

On the approach to Mother's Day, there's the frivolous smell of flowers in the air, the spur of reservations abound and the light giggle of moms antic...

The Gulf Should Pivot East and Build the 'New Silk Road'

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

A new multi-polar world has emerged over the past 30 years that has shattered the post-WW II paradigm and structure, and the near hegemony of the US whose economic, financial and military power is waning.

'Middle East Now': Changing the World, One Film at a Time

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Personally, I feel that the elusive "peace" -- along with inseparable companions, justice and equality -- in the region will come out of what one filmmaker calls "artistic resistance."

Fran Mires Talks Rayhein ala Fein, Egypt's Popular Reality Show, at DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I was a bit skeptical, but in just under ten years, Al Hurra has achieved a great deal in the MENA Region and a grand part of that has been due to the presence of Fran Mires, program developer and television executive for the network.

How to Move Up in Egypt

Kamal Abdoun | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Kamal Abdoun

My name is Kamal Abdoun and I am 24 years old. I was born in Sharkia, Egypt. I live with 5 family members, and have a younger brother and sister.

How Do You Get A Job After A Revolution?

Ibrahim Sobhi | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Ibrahim Sobhi

I am Ibrahim Sobhi, 24 years old, born in a city in the middle delta of Egypt called ElSanta.

Catalyzing Employment Opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa: Enhanced Interventions by the Private Sector

Samer Khoury | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Samer Khoury

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suffers from severe youth unemployment that is further compounded by a talent mismatch between the demands of job creators and the supply of human capital that is too often trained with irrelevant content and outdated methods at stagnant centers of higher education.

What University Doesn't Teach: Making Our Education Meaningful in Tunisia

Zied Dahmani | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Zied Dahmani

My name is Zied Dahmani. I am a Tunisian Civil Engineer. Actually, I am working with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) in Qatar as a site civil engineer in Lusail Stadium Project for the Handball World Cup 2015.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Impossible to I'M POSSIBLE: What Can Happen When Yemeni Women Work

Haifa Almaqtari | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Haifa Almaqtari

My name is Haifa Almaqtari and I am 26 years old. I was born in Hodeidah in Yemen, in a big family of nine members. In a city like Hodeidah, life is difficult.

The Real Arab Spring Is About Women and Economic Development

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Despite much improvement in women's status over the last few decades, women still own only 1 percent of the world's wealth, earn only a 10 percent share of global income, and occupy just 14 percent of leadership positions in the private and public sector, despite making up more than half of the world's population.

A Woman's Work: Powering Up in the MENA Region

Leena Al Olaimy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leena Al Olaimy

The Middle East and North Africa region represents a wildly diverse variety of cultures, customs, religions and political groups. And the relationship...

MENA Healthcare Needs to Go Mobile

Jamil Wyne | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Jamil Wyne

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should take advantage of its mobile penetration and entrepreneurial activity to improve its healthcare systems.

Ousted Egypt President Detained

AP | By SARAH EL DEEB and TONY G. GABRIEL | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian doctor at a field hospital says at least 16 supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been killed near a Cairo dem...

Taking the Scare out of Scarceonomics

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.25.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

So, what does the scarceonomics of food, water, energy, and other critical commodities mean for governments, economies, investors, and consumers? If we apply some lessons learned and a little ingenuity, the prospects could be positive.

Tackling the crux of the matter

Nafez Al Dakkak | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Nafez Al Dakkak

Let me state the obvious. The employment process is broken. It is especially broken in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where the region continues to lead the world in the percentage of youth not on the path to a stable career.

The Israeli in the Middle (East)

Narkis Alon | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Narkis Alon

I am shouting this statement for the entire world to hear: It is so bizarre to be declared the enemy of someone you have never met, just because of where he was born.

Aflamnah: Looking for Crowdfunding in the Arab World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Started in July of 2012 by husband and wife team Vida Rizq and Lotfi Bencheikh, Aflamnah -- which simply translated means "our films" in Arabic -- is a platform much like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but with a simple twist.

Is CSR the Substitute for Government?

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

While corporate Social Responsibility programs might actually tackle important problems, like health, education, or telecommunications' infrastructure development, does this blurring line between citizen and consumer give large corporations a louder voice too?

Women in the Middle East Take Control of Family Businesses

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Rahilla Zafar

During Dubai's financial crisis, unlike many other companies, Diamond Line didn't let any staff go or try to renegotiate lower salaries.

Courageous Community Broadcasters Get Push in Cairo

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Young, courageous and entrepreneurial Arab broadcasters are not waiting for government change.