Tag Archives: Middle East

Middle Eastern monarchies: how do Arab ruling families hold on to power?

David B Roberts, King’s College London When the Jordanian royal family gathered on April 11 to celebrate 100 years since the kingdom’s foundation, it was a picture of dynastic unity. Alongside King Abdullah was his half-brother, the former crown prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein, who had only days ago been placed under house arrest, following what was reported in the world’s …

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Israel election: why is Palestine no longer an important campaign issue?

Peter Malcontent, Utrecht University Israeli voters are about to head to the polls for the fourth time in two years. And, once again, the issue of Palestine has been almost completely absent from debate during the campaign. Once upon a time this would have been unimaginable. In 1992, Yizhak Rabin’s Labor Party won because of his willingness to strike a …

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Diversity and religious pluralism are disappearing amid Iraq’s crisis

Islamic State militants have destroyed sites of great cultural and historical significance in Iraq, such as the tomb of the prophet Jonah in Mosul. EPA/Stringer Ali Mamouri, Australian Catholic University Iraq previously had one of the most multicultural societies in the Middle East. A broad diversity of religions, races and cultures flourished in Iraq, united by common heritage, culture and …

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The sharing economy helps women find new economic opportunities in Jordan

New technology has created new options for women in Jordan. Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images Allison Jacobs Anderson, University of Washington Across the world, women face online stalking, threats to their reputation and surveillance or monitoring of their online activities. In many countries, threats to safety and privacy limit women’s access to information and communication technologies. I’m a scholar of gender and …

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How the Abraham Accords could create real peace in the Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Edmund Adam, University of Toronto How will history books judge the so-called Abraham Accords, …

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Healthy soil for healthy plants for healthy humans

The human gut microbiome is a complex system of gazillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protists and archaea that has an enormous effect on our metabolism, health and well‐being. The same holds true for the plant rhizosphere, where the roots are immersed in a soil microbiome that provides plants with important nutrients, protects them from disease and pathogens, and helps them …

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KAUST Research: Potential to conserve reef shark populations

KAUST Research: Potential to conserve reef shark populations

Decades of overexploitation have devastated shark populations, leaving considerable doubt as to their ecological status. Yet much of what is known about sharks has been inferred from catch records in industrial fisheries, whereas far less information is available about sharks that live in coastal habitats3. Here we address this knowledge gap using data from more than 15,000 standardized baited remote …

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