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Illicit Gains Authority to tackle high-profile embezzlement

By Moustafa Salah and Wafaa Abdel Bari Judicial sources within the Illicit Gains Authority have said that a schedule is to be put together soon to end the problem of embezzlement of Egyptian funds. The authority plans on addressing the problem in co-operation with the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and European Union countries to which money …

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A New Arab World: local, regional and international transformations

Essam Al-Eryan, a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure who also heads the Committee of Foreign Relations in the post-revolution parliament wrote on his twitter account: “Democracy, free elections, and peaceful transition of power, will change the map of the region and end Sykes Picot. The Arab citizen has become the decision maker, and Islam is the …

Mustafa Salama

History in the making; as written by the youth

By Anas Altikriti It might be a cliché and often an elaborate exaggeration to term a particular event “historic.” However, few can doubt that along with the Civil Rights movements, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that have swept through the Arab world are no less …

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A post-Arab Spring strategy

By Volker Perthes BERLIN: More than a year into the Arab revolts, their outcomes remain highly uncertain. But some initial lessons for international politics — and for Western, particularly European, foreign policy — merit serious consideration. Almost everyone was surprised by the revolts, although the political and socioeconomic causal factors were well known. As is …

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Protests, uncertainty dampen Mideast economies: IMF

By Omar Hasan / AFP KUWAIT CITY: Growth in the Middle East and North Africa took a dive in 2011 because of the Arab Spring protests and resulting political upheaval, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the region, stretching from Iran to Mauritania, grew by 3.5 percent last year, …

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Mediterranean states mull ways to draw tourists back

By AFP DJERBA: Mediterranean states opened a conference Monday on the future of tourism in the region, in a bid to claw back market share lost because of the Arab Spring uprisings and the European debt crisis. “Besides the economic crisis in the origin countries, the ongoing political changes in North African and Middle East …

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ANALYSIS: Arab revolts fail to stir divided Palestinians

By Noah Browning / Reuters RAMALLAH: Popular uprisings have transformed the Middle East and North Africa in the past year, unseating four veteran autocrats and capturing the imagination of a generation of youths. But the protests have left Palestinians – long at the centre of the Arab world’s main political conflict – unmoved. Dejected by lingering …

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Start-up firms bloom in wake of Arab Spring

By Mirna Sleiman / Reuters DUBAI: Jordanian entrepreneur Majied Qasem waited three years before arranging outside funding for his start-up company, d1g.com, an Arabic social media and content-sharing platform. He finally succeeded in September 2011, eight months after Arab Spring uprisings erupted in the region. The company now has over 35 million page views per month, …

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Arab Spring asylum seekers surged into EU in 2011

By Claire Davenport / Reuters BRUSSELS: Asylum seekers from Arab Spring countries and West African nations suffering civil strife surged into Europe last year at a time when European politicians are talking about re-tightening border controls. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, said on Friday asylum applications from Tunisians rose by 92.5 percent to 6,330 last year …

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Tunisia, Egypt, Libya urge Arab solution to Syria crisis

By AFP TUNIS: Foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, meeting in Tunis said Friday the Syrian crisis should be resolved in an “Arab framework” and opposed foreign military intervention in the country. “We are all against military intervention in Syria, and we want the problem to be resolved in an Arab framework,” Tunisian Foreign …

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The Arab Spring: good or bad for the Palestinian cause?

By Dawoud Abu Lebdeh JERUSALEM: It’s been over a year since the start of a wave of revolutions that brought down the rulers of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, one after another. In Syria dozens die by the day, hoping to achieve the same goals of freedom and dignity under a democratic regime. Many Palestinians are …

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Arab Spring navigates Islam, democracy

By Christophe de Roquefeuil  / AFP CAIRO: The Arab Spring that reshaped the region’s political landscape has entered a second year, marked by fragile transitions and the empowerment of Islamists in a region still trying to find its way. From Tunisia to Cairo, and from Tripoli to Damascus, profound changes have swept the Arab world, …

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Arab Spring and the peace process: The real domino effect

By Zvi Bar’el Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has been full of surprises in the last couple of months. First came his announcement that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations should be given a chance. Then came the reconciliation agreement between Fateh and Hamas, which was followed by Meshaal’s confirmation that he would not run for another term as director …

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Arab Spring ushers in bright future despite worry

The euphoria sparked by the Arab Spring is giving way to disquiet over political instability and the growing influence of Islamists, but the democratic process still looks unstoppable, experts believe. In 12 months, the Arab world has gone through more changes than it saw in decades, with Tunisia and Egypt staging historic elections. A popular …

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ANALYSIS: Arab revolution could trigger foreign investment boom

By Sebastian Tong  / Reuters LONDON: Unnerving as it is, the tide of political change sweeping the Arab world may also end up drawing in a fresh wave of foreign capital for the region As entrenched monopolies and patronage give way in the Middle East and North Africa, governments in the region could open their …

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