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March 21, 2010
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Aysha Taryam
A society between Fake News and WhatsApp knowledge
Published on February 26, 2017 | Opinion
Donald Trump’s inauguration brought with it the term most used by this president and his office yet. The term ‘Fake News’ has been used by Trump and his team to oppose, debunk or slam any question they do not wish to answer. For the sake of clarification, this term means the spreading of false information that is manipulated to look like credible journalism mostly made possible and aided by social media. We have witnessed the leader of the Free World accuse prominent news agencies of falsifying information yet while viewers gawked at Trump’s administration the truth remains that most people around the world cannot distinguish between what is real news and what is fake.

 
 
Shaadaab S. Bakht
Published on February 24, 2017 | Panorama
Rampaging through unattended shrubs, little pieces of coilish branches, tittle-like insects, we found our way to the wedding tent in a village where the only mode of travelling was the bicycle and the bullock cart. We were young and our steps were like that of perform-or-perish personnel whose lives are usually stacked up to create the stand from where victories are announced by starched-up officials whose ability to prosper lies in their ability to destroy. Back to the walk. The twenty-minute trip snaked us through nondescript cottages, bamboo groves, stray dogs (underfed and unloved), emaciated cats, pigeons, doves and snotty and teetering kids.

   
 
Michael Jansen


Countering Trump
Published on February 24, 2017 | Opinion

Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days in the White House will be like no other. As he signs one executive order after another, appoints key officials and proclaims policies, Trump is bumping into resistance from a host of quarters and individuals. Trump was forced to fire national security adviser and close aide, former general Michael Flynn, due to his extensive contacts and connections with Russia.



  
 
Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz
Posted on March 29, 2016 | Opinion
The world is facing a changing global reality. Oil prices continue to lag, and leading international economists like Morgan Stanley say prices will fall further before they can begin to rise. Additionally, global economic activity will soon feel the effects of efforts to reduce global climate change. This challenging situation places the UAE at a unique juncture to accelerate its economic transformation efforts while offsetting the impact of shrinking hydrocarbon returns.

 
 
Dubai Abulhoul
Integrating Emirati youth in the Federal National Council
Posted on October 3, 2016 | Opinion
Earlier this week, the #NationalYouthDialogue was launched to invite young people across the UAE to share their opinions and suggestions on what the Government could do to empower and heighten their role in the shaping of the country’s future. Emirati youth continue to be presented, on a daily basis, with new opportunities that enable them to excel in different institutions and across different fields. It is important, however, to place more emphasis on increasing Emirati youth’s civic engagement in the country, particularly through the Federal National Council, by giving them a voice within the federal authority itself. Promoting the importance of Emirati youth’s civic engagement will, in return, strengthen their role in the building of their country’s future.

   
 
Khalid Al Ameri
What Emirati men can learn from Emirati women
Posted on August 28, 2016 | Opinion
“Beware men lest women deprive you of leadership positions.”
 
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai

 
 
 
Alia Al Hazami
Twitter activism: The rise of radical Social Justice Warriors
Posted on September 17, 2016 | Opinion
In 2006, a social networking service called Twitter was created. Needless to say, it is a platform that has managed to take over the world, and actually change it. People who were interested in social issues used Twitter in order to stand up for what they believed in. They believed they had a cause, and this network had the ability to make their voices heard. It was lovely to see that despite the atrocities going on in the world, people can still come together. You did not have to be an African-American to support the Black Lives Matter movement, nor did you have to be a Palestinian to support the Free Palestine movement. You could fight for issues that did not necessarily impact your existence and living.

 

 
Sara Al Mheiri
A hairy hoot
Posted on February 13, 2014 | Panorama
“Please stop moving,” she said with gritted teeth, her patience clearly running out. I didn’t care though. She wasn’t the one in absolute agony. My legs were crossed so tightly and nails dug deep into the arm rests but that didn’t stop my head suddenly flinching from the pain as I yelped. She sighed loudly and undid the braid once more. This was the third time in a row that she has been braiding the same piece of hair. But when I say braid, I mean really yanking the hair practically out of the root to make sure it stands the test of time.

  
 
Hiba Essa Al Ateek
Strolling out
Posted on September 16, 2016 | Opinion
Today is the day I take my six month  old twins out for the first time on my own. I decide to go to the Galarie Lafayette to shop. Very daring for my first trip, my friends think. I feel optimistic and proud of myself as we take the elevator and walk to the bus stop five minutes away.

  
 
Fatma Mohammed Al Saleh
The Temple Run
Posted on October 17, 2014 | Panorama
It was just another day. Strolling back towards what I called home for this month. It’s more of a house. There seemed to be no kind of emotional attachment. Rather I might have wanted to distance myself from it. For it was empty of all the love, craziness, and long sleepless fun nights I spent back home. Walking through that door made me homesick. Literally sick. It’s not that I didn’t like the girls there; on the contrary I saw many potential friendships.

 

 
Sula Powell
Last but not least
Posted on August 9, 2016 | Panorama
Two years and thirty plus, slightly melodramatic student drama scenarios and fabulous food related articles later, my time at university in the UAE has officially expired. I am hectically trying to convince myself it is a lie and I will be in Dubai forever and ever, just not particularly consolidated in terms of legitimacy when the Emirates flight reminders flash up every other day! I predict as soon as I am in Scottish airspace cue an extreme crying face x 1000 and induced S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) and potentially a case of vitamin D deficiency.

 

 
PV Vivekanand
Published on September 23, 2012 | Opinion
The UN Security Council appears to be headed for US-engineered military intervention to root out militants linked to Al Qaeda who have seized control of Mali’s northern region. On Friday, the Security Council called on the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) – a bloc of West African countries – to submit a detailed plan for military intervention in Mali. Presumably, the plan would call for establishment of a military force that will be supported by the African Union and the United Nations.

 

 
Saibal Chatterjee
Dangal was unbeatable
Published on January 20, 2017 | Potpourri
For “Dangal,” it was a no-contest. The Aamir Khan starrer scooped up three of the top four prizes at the 62nd Filmfare Awards ceremony held in Mumbai’s NSCI Dome on January 14. Its triumphal run was no surprise but for the fact that the force behind the film has no love lost for such accolades.

 

 
Tanya Khoury
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Published on May 23, 2014 | Panorama
Imagine my delight after finding out that The Grand Budapest Hotel was on again at the cinema. I really didn’t know what to think – was it a prank? I had to make sure. I bought my ticket online and called the theatre twice to make certain that when I got there the film would still be on. I hurried down to the cinema, bought my wonderfully mixed popcorn and ran into the theatre smiling from ear to ear. Come to think of it, that whole scene must have looked very peculiar from the outside in. No matter, Wes Anderson’s highly awaited film was on and I couldn’t really care about my facial expression as I ran up the escalator to the cinema door.

   

 
Abdalla M. Taryam
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The Socialist Republic of UAE Football
Published on October 7, 2012 | Opinion
We can all agree that the United States strives to become a pure capitalist market. Most of their laws, financial decisions and even election campaigns revolve around capitalism. Nonetheless, there is a sector in the land of freedom that is far from pure capitalism and bordering on socialist practices: Sport. Survival of the fittest, or the richest is the adopted motto in sport. Less so in individual sport, we are witnessing the power of money dominating the entire world of team sport.

  

 
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
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A laughing matter
Published on November 30, 2012 | Panorama

  

 
Hichem Karoui
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Hullabaloo about EU move
Published on July 21, 2013 | Opinion
A serious crisis is shaking the relationship between the European Union and Israel. The reason is the decision to ban 28 EU member states from funding or dealing with settlers in territories occupied by the Jewish state in 1967, according to the guidelines published in the EU’s Official Journal on Friday morning, July 19.



BRP Bhaskar
Cloud over prospective judges
Published on November 22, 2016 | Opinion
The two-year-old tussle between the Executive and the Judiciary over filling the vacancies in the superior courts has entered a new phase with the Supreme Court collegium insisting on the appointment of all 43 persons whose names the Government had rejected. The Constitution vests the power to appoint superior court judges in the President, with the stipulation that there should be consultations with the Chief Justice of India. Since the President, as constitutional head of state, is required to act on the advice of the council of ministers, the Executive had the last word until the Supreme Court through a series of judgments arrogated primacy to the Judiciary.

   

 
Birjees Sarwat Hussain
90% of us don’t get fresh air
Published on October 7, 2016 | Opinion
An unbelievable finding states that more than a whopping 90 per cent of the world’s population breathes in poor quality air.


 
Musa A.Keilani
A fresh push to an old issue
Published on July 3, 2013 | Opinion
Ahead of his visit last week to the Middle East, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has drawn up a package deal of political options to lure Israel and the Palestinians back into direct negotiations, said that it was the last chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry held talks with His Majesty King Abdullah II in Amman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to discuss a renewal of the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians.

    
 
OP Thomas
India’s year-end growth rate estimated lower due to demonetisation
Published on January 2, 2017 | Opinion
The last trading week of the year witnessed a stimulating rally as equities climbed over two per cent, leading to speculation that bulls were back. However, the buying was largely supported by domestic institutions while foreign institutional investors remained net sellers. Indices gained in three out of five sessions of the week. After falling below the psychological 26,000 level at the onset of the week, Sensex regained that mark later.

  
 
V Nagarajan
It is better to form a partnership firm for realty business in India  
Published on February 27, 2017 | Opinion
A few developers are offering low lending rates for home loans at 3.99 per cent for investing in apartments in their projects. How could it be possible when the lowest lending rate offered by Bank of Baroda is 8.35 per cent ? Is it reliable and safe to invest in such projects? Please advice. Purandar Shetty, Sharjah
As the real estate market has been remaining stagnant for the past three years, developers are innovating ways and means to improve their sales. Instead of directly reducing the product pricing they will tie-up with housing finance companies to provide you the benefits of competitive pricing indirectly. Besides liquidating the unsold inventory this would enable the developers to overcome the liquidity crunch currently faced by many leading developers across the country especially after demonetisation.

 
 

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