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From streets to torture factory: Plight of protesters in Iran

Friday, 23 February 2018

When you enter the streets to protest against the government in Iran, you know exactly what to expect should you get caught. But through sheer desperation, thousands have been forced to take to the streets, with a large number known to have paid a terrible price. With thousands having been arrested during the latest unrest in Iran, many have completely disappeared while in custody, while others are claimed by authorities to have taken their own lives. Out on the streets, where protesters openly ...

EXCLUSIVE: Without technology humans would last just six months, Kevin Kelly

Friday, 23 February 2018

Artificial intelligence is going to become a commodity available to anybody, said Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, which marks its 25th year of publication this year. Speaking to Al Arabiya English on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, Kelly said that when Wired was first launched, people who were in the technology, were called nerds “and that was a sign of disrespect”. However, the world has obviously changed since then and, according to him, ...

VIDEO: Isobel Abulhoul on books, technology, Arab authors & literature festival

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

“What has been so incredible for me is how many world class speakers are also writers and these are the movers and shakers of government policy, of trips to Mars, you name it, they are here”. This is how Isobel Abulhoul, the CEO and Trustee of Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director, described the World Government Summit in Dubai last week, speaking exclusively to Al Arabiya English. As the Emirates Festival of Literature is just round the corner, she understandably got ...

The list that says a lot about ‘suspicious suicides’ in Iran

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Desperate times call for desperate measures, they say. Suspicious suicides in Iran’s prisons are recently gaining attention inside the country and abroad, resulting in a wave of criticism targeting Tehran’s rulers. For those unfamiliar with the sensitive topic of Iran’s suicides that mushroom at desperate times for the clerical regime, a short look at the history behind this concept is necessary. Furthermore, interesting is how Tehran kills an individual to destroy any evidence ...

Crimes against children thrive in India as predators remain on the prowl

Monday, 19 February 2018

Sex offenders like pedophiles and pornographers are on the prowl in India where crimes against children have multiplied fourfold in the past two years, leaving parents in a cold sweat. With 43 percent of the population aged below 18 years, the country is now home to the largest number of sexually-abused children in the world with as many as 106,958 cases of attacks on little angels recorded in police books in 2016 alone – a 13.6 percent increase over the previous year. Unregistered ...

VIDEO: Saudi reforms important for region and Islamic world, says Maurice Levy

Monday, 19 February 2018

When I ran into Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Publicis Group, at the World Government Summit in Dubai last week, I reminded him that I had interviewed him almost 10 years ago at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. More importantly, he seemed to recall the encounter, or at least pretended to do so. When I asked him whether he has time for a quick interview, he readily agreed. “I know Al Arabiya, let’s do it,” he said. The conversation began with ...

When humble hummus caused panic across Britain

Monday, 19 February 2018

An Arab delicacy in the United Kingdom has been hit hard by insufficient rains thousands of miles away showing what a global village the world has become.Panic-buying of the humble hummus, a Middle-Eastern specialty which has become a staple part of the British diet, has been triggered by a rapid rise in the price of the delicious dip. The price of hummus has soared by almost 30 percent in the last one year due to a shortage in the supply of chickpeas, the main ingredient for the spread.Several ...

VIDEO: Who is Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s new president?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

In the course of his 65 years, Cyril Ramaphosa has experienced the poverty of Soweto, jail for fighting apartheid, trade union activism, fabulous wealth -- and now the ultimate prize of South African politics, the presidency itself. He reached the goal on Thursday after forcing out Jacob Zuma, a longtime master of political survival, in a strategy that combined long-term vision, stealth and backroom skills. That feat, say analysts, bears all the hallmarks of the bald, stocky Ramaphosa -- ...

VIDEO: On track to provide universal renewables access by 2030, says IRENA chief

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Adnan Z Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has said that the cost of renewables has come down so much that there is now a viable business case to take renewables to poorer regions of the world. He said that the technology is improving and we think we are going to be able to address the access (to renewables) issue in light of the sustainable development goals. “Providing universal access by 2030, I think we are on track for that,” he said. ...

Pakistan Senator: Demands on Hajj, Umra absurd, politically motivated

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The demand made by Iranian leadership and other countries for taking the Hajj and Umrah services away from Saudi control and handing over to any international committee is absurd and politically motivated, Senator Professor Sajid Mir, a prominent Islamist leader of Pakistan and President of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, has said. Speaking exclusively to AlArabiya.net, Mir said that the enemies of Saudi regime spare no effort in trying to damage its reputation. “Citing lack of security and ...

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