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What 2018 holds for the UAE

The Levant News Exclusive – by Mohamad Hassan -Dubai – The UAE is considered the second-largest economy in the Arab world (after neighboring Saudi Arabia) and a regional business hub with economic growth of 1.4% in 2017 and a positive economic outlook in 2018. Moreover, it ranked 16th in the Global …

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Saudi Women and the Economy

by Mohammad Zayed* — In a historic step towards economic and social reforms following the falling of oil prices by more than 50%, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has recently declared the lifting of the long-standing ban on women driving in the kingdom (the only country in the world that …

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Why Do Revolutions Erupt?

    by: Abir Bassam* — The question was raised by Dr. Haytham Mouzahem in his Arab book “Why Do Revolutions Erupt?”(2017), coincided with the eruptions or so-called revolutions in the Arab states under the title: “the Arab Spring”.  However, the question was answered in reference to several historians’ and …

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ICCROM 30th General Assembly

The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) held from 29 November – 1 December in Rome, will provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities. Delegations of ICCROM’s …

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EXCLUSIVE – Celebrity Juliana Thornhill Speaks to The Levant News of Relations that Keeps You Whole in Today’s Crazy World!

Interview conducted by Emad El-Din Aysha   Dear Juliana… well, first off, what’s your maiden name? Juliana Borba   You’re a dedicated wife and mother. How did you meet your husband? On a dating website. I was working 50+ hours a week as a area Manager for Ann Taylor at …

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American sanctions: A war strategy

By Sara Safa “International sanctions” is a new term in international politics and a new strategy or political instrument that came more operational in the early 1970’s after US withdrawal from the Vietnam war amid several challenges and a real economic pressure that the US had to face especially after …

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Poem by Lubna Ghanem

A Show Darkened darkened heavy inside Demolition on the sides Buildings up, buildings down People ready to collide. Give me feeling to arise Give me strength for I cut ties With the world, north to south I am a victim of its lies. Photograph me from head to toe Display …

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Who is Melania Trump, America’s First Lady?

BYANN GRIPPERCHRISTOPHER BUCKTIN for The Mirror — Donald Trump has become the 45th President of the United States and his wife Melania , the Yugoslav-born model, has become now the first First Lady to be born abroad. She appeared to follow current First Lady Michelle Obama a little too literally at the Republican …

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Ashura rituals stir controversy among Shiites

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Each year, as they commemorate Ashura, the Shiites debate whether certain rituals are permissible. Some of those rituals are violent, such as Tatbir and hitting oneself with chains practices that harm one’s body and distort the revolution and objectives of Imam …

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Al-Ahbash: Their Ideology and Evolution

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – Al-Ahbash or the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (jam’iyyat al-mashari’ al-khayriyya al-islamiyya) is a Sufi religious movement which was founded in Lebanon in the mid-1980s. Al-Ahbash is a name attributed to the founder of the group, Sheikh Abdullah al-Harari, known …

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