‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’

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‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’ ‘But you have been away from Palestine for nearly two thousand years! Before that you had ruled this country, and hardly ever the whole of it, for less than five hundred years. Don’t you …

What prevents a Turkey-Saudi alliance?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

It makes sense. Both wanted Assad out. Both committed funds, military training and logistics to the various armed movements that sprung from the Syrian revolution to topple the government. Both hosted Syrian opposition parties and both publicly denounced Assad and lobbied the West for greater support for the Syrian revolution. Both are sensitive to Iran and have the power to …

Saudi’s ‘Night Of Long Knives’ Makes Sense

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Uncategorized

Put yourself in Mohamed Bin Salman’s shoes. You want to be king. You survived the nerve-racking succession struggle instigated by Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah of the National Guard in the last days of his father King Abdullah as he sought to oust your father and install himself as Crown Prince. You saw the way he easily removed the veteran Prince …

Tunisia’s Agriculture Continues to Struggle

Malek Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

Although globalization is generally considered a good thing, it has proven to be a difficult challenge for Tunisia. The impact of globalization has seen Tunisia ‘suffer’ from a process of structural economic reforms and liberalization after decades of a more state-heavy socialist economic model. One of the most affected industries is agriculture which accounts for 16% of the country’s workforce. …

An impossible Gulf: Obama and Saudi Arabia

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

Obama arrived in the Riyadh yesterday on the backdrop of a proposed Congress bill that leaves the potential for citizens to sue the Kingdom over 9/11, and a subsequent Saudi threat to withdraw $750 billion from the US. But this is not the key issue behind Obama’s visit. Rather the above is merely the straw that broke the camel’s back. …

Forget WhatsApp and Facebook. Theresa May’s bill will mean you may need to ditch your smartphone.

Soumaya Hamdi UK

You may have noticed WhatsApp’s latest update that increases the privacy of any content you send over the app. All messages are now encrypted from end to end, protecting what you send from being accessed by criminals, the state and even WhatsApp itself. This reinforcement of users’ privacy comes at a crucial juncture for the changing way our private messages …