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March 21, 2010
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Aysha Taryam
When Opinions Break, They Remain Broken
Published on November 14, 2018 | Opinion
It is a fast-paced world, this world of news. A world where speed and brevity have out-ranked what are the core values of journalism, those elusive concepts of credibility, impartiality and accountability. The shift has happened, the reader has become the consumer, the information-seeker a mere number, a statistic of subscribers, followers and sharers. Burning through information as fast as it can be churned out, the speed with which media outlets can shovel this commodity into the firepits of the cyber world became the only factor guaranteeing an organization’s continuation, its survival. With that came a barrage of compromises, the profession yielded to the pressures of mass-consumption and the face of journalism was altered, in many cases disfigured by the need to cater to endless trends and the passing whims of the cyber-masses.

 
 
Shaadaab S. Bakht
An expatriate’s expectation from Rahul
Published on January 15, 2019 | Opinion
He undoubtedly has inherited sagacity, but an enormous deal of politics is all about morality. And morality, for reasons unknown to me, has always been a matter of choice. And often unbridled power, which all politicians find succulent, tempts them not to choose the ethical path. And one hopes that our very own Nehru scion Rahul will not be felled by that temptation, if the Indian voters give him a chance to lead the country later this year.

   
 
Michael Jansen


Taking a stand

Published on January 11, 2019 | Opinion

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren began her presidential election campaign a week ago by hosting a Democratic Party primary event in southwestern Iowa where she answered questions on her programme for more than an hour. A progressive, Warren focused on climate change and income inequality. To an overflowing hall, she stated, “This is how (the race) starts, person to person, town to town, across Iowa and then across America.”




 
Sarah Taryam
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Turning heads
Published on January 11, 2019 | Panorama
The 76th Golden Globe Awards were held on Jan.6 in Los Angeles California marking not only one of the biggest events in film, but also in fashion. All eyes were on the red carpet as Hollywood’s leading ladies arrived wearing a variety of dresses and gowns. We take a look at who wore what on the special night.

  
 
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
Out with the Author, In with the AI 
Posted on December 23, 2018 | Opinion
Edward Said, drawing on Mathew Arnold’s work, described culture as “each society’s reservoir of the best that has been known or thought”. While anthropologists have failed to agree on a unanimous definition of culture, there’s been significantly less speculation, if any at all, surrounding the notion that human beings were its primary creators. What happens when the best of what has been known or thought is no longer exclusively attributed to the human mind, and instead to an AI’s machine learning capabilities?

   
 
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
Separating the Art from the Artist: Johnny Depp & Fantastic Beasts
Posted on October 9, 2018 | Opinion
One of the greatest ethical challenges one may face is being forced to choose between something they love, and something they stand for. For several months, I have been overthinking what may seem like a silly little debacle to others. But to me, it is a huge ethical decision. I am a very huge fan of Harry Potter. JK Rowling’s decision to continue the magic with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was absolutely thrilling. However, as a woman, my heart sunk when the last scene showed Johnny Depp on the screen.

 

 
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
Inimitable master of one-liners
Published on January 3, 2019 | Opinion
The irony of the life and career of Hindi movie actor-screenwriter Kader Khan, who passed away in Toronto on January 1 aged 81 after prolonged illness, was that he never really got to bring his love for literature to bear upon his work in cinema. He was a civil engineering grad, a professor of science and mathematics, and an Arabic and Urdu scholar with a pronounced literary bent of mind, but he made a career out of writing pulpy blockbusters peppered with dialogues that drew inspiration from the language of the street. He never let the disconnect come in the way.

 

 
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
Bid to placate a caste group
Published on January 15, 2019 | Opinion
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to provide reservation on economic grounds to poor persons belonging to the so-called upper castes is aimed at boosting his Bharatiya Janata Party’s prospects in the approaching general election. The bill to amend the Constitution for the purpose had a smooth passage because few parties were willing to invite the hostility of a powerful social group which constitutes about 15 per cent of the population.

   

 
Birjees Sarwat Hussain
Much ado about name calling
Published on December 28, 2018 | Opinion
During a parliamentary Q&A session between British Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, Jeremy was accused of insulting the PM for allegedly calling her ‘stupid woman’. He was seen muttering something under his breath after he had sat down. Cameras zoomed into Jeremy in an effort to read his lips. Anti-Corbynites swear he said ‘stupid woman’ and Twitter erupted with anti-Corbyn tweets about how he was a misogynist. Jeremy supporters, on the other hand, were divided and debated whether he said ‘stupid people’ or ‘stupid person’. I saw the footage over and over again and I am convinced he said ‘stupid people’.


 
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 advantageous to seek home loan in joint names in India
Published on January 6, 2019 | Opinion
Following the demise of my parents, I am trying to obtain a legal certificate but due to difference in the family, we are not able to approach the authorities together.  Can one of the legal obtain the legal heir certificate? Please clarify. Gopalakrishnan, Sharjah.
Legal heir certificate can be applied by any one of the legal heirs. You should mention details such as name of the deceased, date of death and attach a copy of the death certificate obtained from the government authorities. You could also include details of the persons who were legal heirs along with their contact addresses. The tahsildar will issue the legal certificate specifying the names of all the legal heirs to the property.

 
 

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