Category: Business & Economics

As Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Not Everyone’s Happy

As Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Not Everyone’s Happy

[ 0 ] May 12, 2015 |

by SOPHIA REHM for THE MOSCOW TIMES on MAY 6, 2015:  BISHKEK — The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is poised to become the fifth member of the Russia-driven Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on May 9, but not all the country’s residents are thrilled about it. Alina, a teacher in Bishkek and a native of the city, is one of many feeling apprehensive. “I can’t imagine any positive […]

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Survey: What do 200 million Arab Youth Have to Say About their Future?

Survey: What do 200 million Arab Youth Have to Say About their Future?

[ 0 ] April 28, 2015 |

via ASDA’A BURSON-MARSTELLER ARAB YOUTH SURVEY 2015: The 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2015 was conducted by international polling firm PSB to explore attitudes among Arab youth in 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. PSB conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews from January 20th to February 12th, 2015 with Arab men and […]

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Manslaughter in the Mediterranean: Who are the Migrant Victims?

Manslaughter in the Mediterranean: Who are the Migrant Victims?

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2015:  Italian authorities said today that the captain of a migrant boat and his deputy have been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling — with as many as 800 feared dead when a ship loaded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday night. […]

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WATCH: Rethinking Global Cities — Infrastructure, Urban Development & Change in China,Turkey and Ghana

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 4, 2015:  A year-long Rethinking Global Cities project at Duke, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  is investigating the complex, hybrid and contested cultural and human geographies of the following world cities — Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Cairo, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mumbai, Tokyo and […]

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Americans’ Views Increasingly Hawkish on Terrorism, ISIS (by William Galston for Brookings)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

by WILLIAM GALSTON for BROOKINGS (FIXGOV blog) on MARCH 4, 2015:  Last week, I posted a piece laying out the emerging evidence that the American people are shifting toward a more hawkish view of how we should respond to foreign threats, especially terrorism.  A Quinnipiac University poll released today underscores that shift. As economic worries gradually […]

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Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa (working paper by James Dorsey)

Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa (working paper by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by JAMES DORSEY for the S.RAJARATNAM SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (SINGAPORE) on FEBRUARY 12, 2015:  ABSTRACT: Nowhere in the world has sports in general and soccer in particular played such a key role in the development of a region than in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet, the nexus of sports, politics and society is one […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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President Obama & American Muslim Leaders Talk Discrimination, CVE, Civic Participation, Healthcare, Tech

President Obama & American Muslim Leaders Talk Discrimination, CVE, Civic Participation, Healthcare, Tech

[ 0 ] February 6, 2015 |

The alarming rise in anti-Muslim bigotry in America was one of the top, if not the top issue  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 6, 2015:  Here is a selection of press releases and related commentary on the meeting from Muslim American groups and the White House. — by HODA ELSHISHTAWY for MPAC.ORG […]

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Rethinking Global Cities: Why Istanbul Is A Success For Some, ‘Urban Plunder’ For Others

Rethinking Global Cities: Why Istanbul Is A Success For Some, ‘Urban Plunder’ For Others

[ 0 ] February 4, 2015 |

“Istanbul is the economic, cultural, and historical heart of Turkey, and the only city in the world located on two continents. Between 1453 and 1922, Istanbul was the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, which extended into southeastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Until 1924, it was the seat of the last Islamic […]

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WATCH: Saudi Arabia’s New King Inherits Immediate Challenges

[ 0 ] January 28, 2015 |

by JUDY WOODRUFF for PBS NEWSHOUR on JANUARY 23, 2015:  Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died Thursday at the age of 90, was laid to rest in Riyadh. The new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, pledged continuity with his brother’s policies. Judy Woodruff remembers the late monarch’s rule. Related  After King Abdullah, Continuity (Frederic […]

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