Jason Lemon January 14, 2018 10 Most Alcohol Consuming Arab Countries, average consumption of alcohol in Arab countries, consumption of alcohol in Arab countries, use of alcohol, World Health Organization's 2014 report on alcohol and the management of substance abuse
Although many Arab countries have somewhat strict regulations on the sale and consumption of alcohol, and a few, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, ban it all together, that doesn’t mean it isn’t widely consumed throughout the region. According to the World Health Organization’s 2014 report on alcohol and the management of substance abuse, the average human aged 15 years or older consumes 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year.
Neville Teller March 31, 2018 humanitarian challenges in Gaza, Israeli dialogue with officials from Arab States, new pragmatism in the Middle East, new realism, reality checks in the Middle East, recognition of Israeli diplomacy by Arab states, resolution of the Gaza crisis, summit on Gaza, Trump's key peace effort in the Arab region
A new pragmatic spirit is dawning in the Middle East. Old outworn attitudes are beginning to crumble. For example, when have officials from leading Arab states sat round a table with those from Israel – which many of them do not formally recognize as yet − to discuss how to alleviate a problem affecting the region? Yet that is precisely what happened on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, when Israeli national security officials met their counterparts from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in the White House to discuss a humanitarian crisis unfolding in the…
Neville Teller April 3, 2018 failed reconciliation, France’s Middle East Peace Initiative and the Hamas Conundrum, Hamas and Fatah, Hamas as an obstacle to regional stability, humanitarian crisis in Gaza, living conditions of Gazans, military confrontations between Hamas and Israel, no state of Palestine without Gaza, PA should assume control of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority, regime change in Gaza?, two-state solution
Suddenly, it seems, the appalling circumstances in which the vast majority of Gazans are living have struck the public conscience. The Strip suffers from a chronic lack of water, of electricity, of medical resources – and the situation seems to be deteriorating from week to week. Gaza’s problems stem from a variety of causes, but the people of Gaza have little inclination to analyse the reasons for the humanitarian crisis that has overwhelmed them. The struggle to exist in anything approaching decent living and working conditions occupies most of their attention.
James M. Dorsey April 3, 2018 #Where_Have_All_the_Young_Ones_Gone?, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi again president, anti-government demonstrations, ban on public attendance of soccer games, discontent in Egypt, Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Egyptian militant soccer fans, Egyptian ultras, elections in Egypt 2018, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, student protests in Egypt, worst repression in Egypt
Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests, however, that it will take more than a democratic whitewash to get a grip on simmering discontent.
Neville Teller March 9, 2018 breaking off diplomatic relations with Qatar, bribery and political instability in Qatar, capricious Qatar, FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Qatar as a major player in the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar undermining the stability of the region, Qatar's economy growing at a rapid pace, Qatar's strategy of backing Islamists, the Riyadh Agreement
It is not easy to pigeon-hole Qatar, a stand-alone Middle Eastern state in more ways than one − geographically, politically, economically, influentially. Itself a small peninsula projecting into the Persian Gulf from the vast Arabian Peninsula, Qatar clearly aspires to become a major player in the region and beyond. In pursuit of this objective, its tactics have sometimes puzzled, sometimes infuriated, its neighbours. But then, as one of the world’s wealthiest nations – and certainly number one on a per capita basis – Qatar has reckoned for a long time that it could afford the luxury of proceeding along its own…
Neville Teller February 8, 2018 attempted pitch in Turkey, coup, crackdown in Turkey, dictatorial powers, Erdogan trying to seize power, extending the presidential powers in Turkey, extension of the state of emergency in Turkey, Fethullah Gulen, putsch as excuse for constitutional changes, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Religious Order and Political Islam In Turkey, state of emergency in Turkey, Turkish president
An emergency, the Oxford English dictionary informs us, is “a sudden state of danger requiring immediate action”. Turkish citizens have been living in a state of emergency for a year and a half, and on 8 January 2018 deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, announced that the government intended to extend it. This represents the sixth such extension, and Turks might be excused for starting to forget what “normal” life feels like.
Hilmi Demir January 16, 2018 factors contributing to violence of social movements, globalization and social networks as influence on radicalism, Islam and radicalism, Islamization of radicalism, legitimization of racicalism in a religious context, opposition to different ideologies, radical movements, radical salafism, radicalism, Radicalization, road to terrorism, violent radicalization
Today, there is growing anger in all areas of daily life – between neighbors, in religious discourse and other aspects of personal and social relations. Young people have been expressing their strong opposition to certain ideologies through violence. In other words, we are faced with a global wave of violent radicalization.
Neville Teller April 23, 2018 Brexit and new trade oportunities, Commonwealth Charter, Commonwealth nations, former British colonies, Israel, little knowledge about the Commonwealth, London, Opening of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Palestine, the Commonwealth extending its membership, the Commonwealth Games, the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), the Royal Commonwealth Society’s expansion program
The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting opened on April 16, 2018 in London. Most of the world’s media, except perhaps those of the Commonwealth nations, gave the event less attention than it deserves – but that has been the fate of the Commonwealth itself for many years.