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.
Adam Garfinkle February 27, 2018 American and Russia's calculations in the Syria war, current state of war in Syria, decisions taken in the U.S. government regarding Syria, Foreign investment in Syria, Hezbollah weakened by Syrian civil war, liberal optimism, Optimistic Future after Years of Mistakes?, Russia in Syria, Syrian civil war, the Kurds in Syria, Turkey's role in Syria, Turkish intervention in the Syrian war
It is a touching characteristic of the optimistic liberal soul that it perennially inclines to believe that bad situations cannot get worse. But of course they can and often do get worse. This would seem to make it hard to be an optimistic liberal for very long, but some people accomplish it for decades on end apparently without much effort. How do they do it?
Neville Teller February 26, 2018 extension of Iranian power, Hezbollah military forces, Hezbollah's power in Lebanon politics, Iran extending its power base into Lebanon, Iran's control over Lebanon's military power, Iran's involvement in Syria and Lebanon, Iranian arms factories in Lebanon, Iranian weaponry in Lebanon, Lebanon turning into one big missile factory, parliamentary elections in Lebanon, Rafik Hariri
Lebanon goes to the polls on May 6. Nine long years have passed since the last parliamentary elections which, according to the constitution, are supposed to be held every four years. Ever since 2014 ministers and politicians have voted again and again to postpone elections and extend the current parliament, citing security concerns, political crisis and a dispute over the election law.
Ines Mahmoud March 6, 2018 Arab revolution in Tunisia, austerity measures in Tunisia, economic inequities, economic policies in Tunisia, Islamism growing in Tunisia, Movements Against the Counterrevolution, protests in Tunisia, repression of the Tunisian government, Tunisia's new Left, Tunisian labor union UGTT, Tunisia’s Next Revolution, unemployment, working class in Tunisia, youth movements and resistance
Protests are once again shaking Tunisia. A new finance law, which imposes drastic austerity measures on the country’s workers, has sparked a wave of resistance. Put into effect on January 1, this legislation meets the requirements of a $2.9-billion IMF loan by increasing prices on basic goods, reducing public sector employment, and hiking the value-added tax (VAT). The government is repressing the uprising harshly: it’s already killed a protester and arrested 800 others.
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 March 19, 2018 Boycott, Brexit, Britain’s Prince William visiting Israel this summer., British government's position on the Israeli-Palestinian situation, British royal visit to the Middle East in 2018, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), economic and trade relations between Israel and Britain, Israel as a trading priority for Britain, Israel’s 70th anniversary in 2018, positive effect of Prince William visit to Israel on young people's view of Israel, post-Brexit Britain, relationship between the EU and Britain after Brexit, United States’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
The organization dedicated to isolating and delegitimizing Israel by way of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) has so far not reacted officially to the announcement that Britain’s Prince William is to visit Israel this summer. Since he will also be visiting Jordan and what are described in the announcement as “the Palestinian occupied territories”, and since both Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, have welcomed the news, hard-line BDS supporters do not have much of a leg to stand on. Moreover Prince William probably ranks considerably higher in the public popularity stakes than Roger Waters, Lorde…