by John Brian Shannon. For many, this is the time of year when we count our blessings and look forward to the new year with expectant hope. For all its pending concerns, 2014 looks to be a year of opportunity...
The Chinese government has committed itself to producing 16% of its primary (electrical) energy from renewable sources by 2020 (UNEP) Wind power surpassed nuclear power in 2012 to become China's third-largest energy source. Back in 2007, due to the political leadership...
On June 30, the focus of most people and governments were on the Tahrir Square, in Cairo, where the scheduled mass demonstrations were to be held in opposition to the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, and against the dominance of...
The greatest challenge in the quest to Arab women's empowerment is not religion but the lack of economic and social development and a dearth of perceived security, a Gallup Poll released on Monday said. The report urged policymakers to allow Arab...
Every now and then, you read some comments or hear people blaming Muslims and Arabs for the ongoing chaos and unending violence currently happening throughout the world. At large, people, mainly those living in the north-western hemisphere, criticize most...
A new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout the previous aggressions Israel launched on the Gaza strip, several military goals...
By M.S. Shah Jahan “Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party" - Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier At an annual meeting of anti-corruption officials on 26 March, the Chinese Prime Minister had little progress to point to. He said...
In this op-ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli discusses the crux of the Middle East and Arab dilemma; and makes suggestions so that to establish security and peace in the world. Whenever you get involved in a political discussion concerning the question of...
The relationship of a national authority to citizenry has been the subject of agelong arguments and indeterminate discourse. Most political theorists and analysts have unremittingly debated whether social order should be maintained by constraint or consent. And, what are...
If US diplomatic cables and intelligence reports are to be believed, Chinese leaders have began asking if uprisings that spread throughout the Arab world could ignite a similar situation in China. The report revealed that some members of China’s ruling...
As centuries ago as now, we find many policymakers, politicians, and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard a shrewd political craft. They simply justify this double play as a mean to attain goals and preserve...
The number of Turks who believe the country will acquire European Union membership has dropped sharply in comparison to last year, a recent poll suggested. According to a poll conducted by the German-Turkish Foundation for Education and Scientific Research (TAVAK), the percentage...
The China Internet Network Information Center says the country recorded a jump in internet users of 30 million during the first half of 2018 alone "Chinese internet users have crossed the 800 million mark for the first time ever as...
Greenhouse gas is a catch-all term used to describe a class of gases -- either naturally-occurring or man-made (anthropogenic) which have a detrimental effect on the Earth’s atmosphere. It is no longer in academic dispute that any upset to...
Jordan's King Abdullah II has approved an Independent Election Commission to oversee the upcoming polls, a week after Prime Minister Awn Shawkat al-Khasawneh resigned in a surprise move. "Jordan has a historic opportunity to determine its future this year," the king...
South Africa is in mourning after news that their former leader, and equal rights icon Nelson Mandela has sadly passed after an extended battle with a lung infection and other conditions. Mandela was 95 and had been receiving long-term...
It is a customary practice to see Arabs and non-Arabs browse for the latest news about Arab revolts, called the Arab Spring. They find civil unrest in Tunisia, riots and regime destabilization in Bahrain, tribal armed clashes in post-Gaddafi...
By M.S. Shah Jahan “When China wakes, it will shake the world.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte Yes he warned this 200 years ago. Truer words were never spoken. Chinese dragon has awakened now and it is about to shake the world  -...
Saudi Arabia's state media has reported that Saudi King Abdullah in a historic move has appointed women to a fifth of the seats in the country's powerful Shura Council. In the two royal decrees issued today, King Abdullah reconstituted the...
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The modern concept of civil society is centered on the free joint action between individuals within private and official associations to achieve equitable societal settings and comfortable socioeconomic conditions. Typically, the causes and effects of social and civil movements...
Most foreign residents who happen to live or work in the Arab region are accustomed to hear the mass majority of Arab nationals and expatriates complaining about the living conditions and sociopolitical situations of their native countries. Nowadays Arabs...
While analyses have abounded examining the details of the “secret” talks and evaluating the positions of the negotiating parties in the Middle East peace process, prominent Israeli writers have intensified their efforts, on “Israel's imminent existential threat” with much...
A plan to integrate six Gulf countries as proposed by Saudi Arabia last year in response to Middle East turmoil needed more discussion, Gulf Arab foreign ministers said on late Sunday after they met in Jeddah. The GCC countries, Saudi Arabia,...
Whither the Gulf? Towards Economic Diversification (This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) With the Arab Spring or Winter of Arab Discontent throwing up conflicting signals, the Middle East Institute, Singapore, made a notable attempt to explore the relevance and impact...

Merkel’s biggest test

The election of Angela Merkel for a third term highlights lingering and new issues that she will face and how her legacy is defined by her agenda. That Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term shows she has...
The crisis in Syria has its roots in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, but U.S. and Russian diplomats seem to be turning towards solutions once again. The world sits at the verge of its destruction. Russia and the U.S....
Switzerland's International Institute of Management Development, ranks the UAE government as the best in the world, in social cohesion and efficiency. The IIMD Global Competitiveness Yearbook 2013, reports the UAE ranks in the Top-10 most competitive nations in the world. The...
Majority of population in Muslim nations expressed their strong desire for democracy more than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, a report revealed on Wednesday. A survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre showed solid majorities in...
Findings from the latest survey covering Arab youth has revealed they are more confident about the future ahead and feel a greater sense of national identity following the Arab Spring. The results were part of the fifth annual Arab Youth...