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OPINION: Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (IPS) - Much has been written about King Abdullah's legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the role that Muhammad bin Nayef, the newly appointed deputy to the crown prince, could play in the new Saudi Arabia under King Salman.

Renewables Can Benefit Water, Energy and Food Nexus

Monday, January 26, 2015

ABU DHABI, Jan 26 (IPS) - With global energy needs projected to increase by 35 percent by 2035, a new report says meeting this demand could increase water withdrawals in the energy sector unless more cost effective renewable energy sources are deployed in power, water and food production.

Escape Route Towards Social Inclusion for War-Disabled Gazan Youth

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GAZA CITY, Jan 17 (IPS) - The Israeli attacks that the Gaza Strip has suffered in recent years have left in their wake a large number of young people who have come up against a further barrier to their creative energies – physical disability caused by military aggression.

U.N. Helpless as Saudi Flogging Violates Torture Convention

Thursday, January 15, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Flogging a dead horse, as the old idiom goes, is far removed from flogging a live Saudi blogger.

OPINION: Islamic Reformation, the Antidote to Terrorism

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (IPS) - The horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has once again raised the question about violence and Islam. Why is it, some ask, that so much terrorism has been committed in the name of Islam, and why do violent jihadists seek justification of their actions in their religion?

OPINION: The Paris Killings – A Fatal Trap for Europe

Monday, January 12, 2015

ROME, Jan 12 (IPS) - It is sad to see how a continent that was one cradle of civilisation is running blindly into a trap, the trap of a holy war with Islam – and that six Muslim terrorists were sufficient to bring that about.

Video Games, Poverty and Conflict in Bab Al-Tabbaneh

Saturday, January 10, 2015

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, Jan 10 (IPS) - "People get used to war. During the last battle, children were still coming to play. Can you imagine, a seven-year-old boy running through the bullets just to play video games," says Mohammad Darwish, a calm man with a curled beard framing his face.

OPINION: Political Islam and U.S. Policy in 2015

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 06 (IPS) - This year, Arab political Islam will be greatly influenced by U.S. regional policy, as it has been since the Obama administration came into office six years ago. Indeed, as the U.S. standing in the region rose with Obama's presidency beginning in January 2009, so did the fortunes of Arab political Islam.

OPINION: Doubling Down on Dictatorship in the Middle East

Monday, January 05, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 05 (IPS) - For a moment, four years ago, it seemed that dictators in the Middle East would soon be a thing of the past.

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