By Moign Khawaja Yesterday was Valentine's Day. I'm sure you all know what the day is about and what it entails if you celebrate this day or choose not to. People do or do not observe it for various reasons...
Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning". How true. Language has a powerful influence over people and their behaviour. This is especially...
Who was Muammar Gaddafi? Muammar al-Gaddafi was born on?7 June 1942. He?raised in a bedouin tent in the desert near Sirte (Sidra). According to many biographies, his family belongs to a small tribe of Arabs, the Qadhadhfa. They are mostly...
Dear Mr. President, I do not agree with you. By supporting this resolution you have set a wrong example for the world. God created man and woman, Adam and Eve to cohabit, not two men or not two women. Your...
What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to accelerate your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping your...
By Rizana S Jahan Honesty is the best policy but is it really? Are honest people the most successful people in this world or they're shunned for being ?honest?? People say, be honest, be yourself, because that is the way to...
The attention of much of the Arab world has recently been focused on the landmark Arab League summit, held between 27 and 29 March, the first to be held in Iraq since 1990.  Going forwards, however, preparations are already...
In the last few weeks our rather mild mannered PM seemed to lash out in a personal attack. It was veiled under the garb of moral outrage but it was a personal attack nevertheless. PM David Cameron took umbrage...

Hold your horses !

Maybe if you are like me who is scared to drive on some of the Dubai roads, especially Emirates road, here's some good news. Local media is reporting that Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in co-ordination with Dubai Traffic Police...
China seems to have been the most brazenly vocal critic of the US government?s inability to control its skyrocketing debt, going as far as to accuse Americans of ?living out of their means? and harboring a ?debt addiction?. Such...
Here's how it goes, whenever my husband comes home with a big smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye and a certain look that he gives me that says what a wonderful world! I know that...
Friday saw a spike in international markets, as Asia, Europe and America felt positively about the rhetoric coming out of the EU summit. All indexes gained and rallied while there were huge gains seen on the commodity markets as...
Uncle Sam has decided to police the world in a more modern method than military invasion, The World Wide Web. The United States of America now regards internet access as a human rights under the freedom of expression. Thereby the...
Social media networking has revolutionized the way people communicate, share information and stay in touch. It has changed from being a playground for the tech savy to become the play ground for the masses. This has also has become...
Budget airlines are springing up all over the world providing cost effective solutions for travellers. The UAE has two such airlines, Flydubai and Air Arabia, which operate out of Dubai and Sharjah respectively. So how exactly do these airlines...
Children all over the world have grown up with Barbie dolls. Either its rock star Barbie, tour guide Barbie, doctor Barbie. For years Barbie has been come under attack for trying to influence the way little girls see themselves....
Gone are the days when things were simple and normal, when men were discovered cheating by their wives either directly or through a private investigators. Oh the good old days! Then we emerged into a new era of the cable...
By Lord Julian Hunt One of the most striking changes at Rio+20, compared to the original 1992 Earth Summit, is the extensive discussion of population issues.  In part, this is driven by the fact that many developing countries, including the BRICs,...
The traditional American funeral is being seen as costly to many now, burning not just holes in the pockets of the deceased person's relatives, but also tens of thousands of trees every year. Americans are looking for more eco friendly...
Sean Hoare, one of the first journalists to go on the record and allege phone hacking at Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World was found dead Monday at his home in Watford, northwest of London, the British Press Association...
There seems to be a lull over the global economy. The recent comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi have again provided support to the equity and commodity markets. Added to this, the expected announcement from the Fed...
There doesn?t seem to be any closure for the elusive e-coli and the blame game still continues. European Countries has been playing child?s games by accusing each other for the deadly E-coli outbreak, first it was Spanish cucumbers, and then...
When she walks into the room, people take note of her. At six feet tall, she?s an imposing figure who favours well-cut suites, speaks perfect English and boasts negotiating skills honed during 24 years as a corporate lawyer, six...

Sweet Bomb

The intelligence agency MI6 (made famous by James Bond movies) launched a cyber operation (a hack) to teach would be terrorists the art of making fairy cupcakes instead of tips on how to build bombs. That?s sweet. The cyber-operation was...

Drama At F1

The final decision on the fate of the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was certainly the right one. Even though it may have been for all the wrong reasons, including logistical inconvenience and sheer embarrassment, it yielded an unexpected bonus,...
Should RTA stand for ?Ride That Automobile?? A fair number of Dubai residents are reluctant to use public transport despite various efforts on part of the RTA. Speaking as someone who has been using Dubai?s public transport system for...
Peer pressure has been around for centuries. It was evident in ancient Rome, ancient Greece and also in ancient Egypt. Every civilization encountered peer pressure. In the modern world its in evident in schools, universities or even the workplace....