ANALYSIS: Iran’s leadership feels the wrath of its youth

Friday, 2 February 2018

Recent unrest in Iran shows that the country’s present leadership is completely out of touch with the aspirations of the younger generation. With over two-thirds of the population being under the age of thirty, the regime is now under attack mainly from this section of the population.Due to its lack of understanding of the younger generation’s aspirations, the regime of elderly politicians seems impervious to the growing number of the country’s unemployed youth.In the heady ...

Reports suggest youth arrested, tortured to death during recent Iran uprising

Friday, 19 January 2018

Two more Iranians have been identified as having been killed under torture by authorities in Arak and Sanandaj during the recent uprising. The body of 20-year-old Seyed Shahab Abtahi was left in front of his father’s house 10 days after he was arrested in Arak. Signs of the baton blows were visible on his body. Earlier, 22-year-old street vendor Vahid Heidari was killed by baton blows while he was detained. The police of Markazi Province falsely alleged that Heidari had been arrested on ...

Who are the post-Khomeini youth currently leading the Iran protests?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The protests currently sweeping Iran are being considered the largest challenge to the Iranian regime since the Green Movement uprising in 2009 after the re-election of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The demonstrations are currently being led by a new generation of youth who were born after the death of Ruhollah Khomeini, who lead the Iranian Revolution in 1979, in 1989. They are currently marching against his regime that has led Iran for more than 30 years. This generation of youth are ...

No more marriage blues for diabetic youngsters in India

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Youngsters among India’s 70 million down-hearted diabetics longing for a life partner can now heave a sigh of relief.Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city that is fast turning into a medical tourism hub, boasts the country’s first marriage bureau dedicated to twenty-somethings suffering from the incurable metabolic disorder. Award-winning diabetologist Dr Mayur Patel’s help center called “Make My Life” will be a boon for thousands of youths of marriageable age ...

Egypt’s Sisi honors youth at the closing ceremony of ‘World Youth Forum’

Friday, 10 November 2017

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi honored the youth for their contributions to the World Youth Form at the closing ceremony of its sessions, Thursday, in Sharm El Sheikh. The event which is sponsored by the Egyptian President to help boost the younger generations’ ideas and counter extremist and terrorism ideologies drew, in numbers, 233,000 applicants, 1 million Facebook followers, 3,200 attendees from 64 countries as well as 222 speakers. Over 1000 volunteers, 2000 engineers and ...

NEOM and the future of our youth

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Recently, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, announced the launch of NEOM, a project that aspires to be the “safest, most efficient, most future-oriented, and best place to live and work” in the Kingdom. NEOM’s land mass will extend across the Egyptian and Jordanian borders, rendering NEOM the first private zone to span three countries. The project will be backed by more than $500 billion over the coming years by Saudi Arabia. Wind ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

What are the policy options for dealing with Iranian regime?

Monday, 9 October 2017

On browsing social media accounts of Iranian activists — on Feacebook, Twitter, Telegram and Instagram — one can feel the pulse of the Iranian society, where a sense of social unease and protest is evidently brewing. Even regime officials are writing in the social media about the “huge challenges” they are facing from protesting social classes, such as laborers who have not recieved their salaries and farmers who await payment for their produce. There are also investors ...

Mohammed bin Salman: A man, a generation and an era

Monday, 26 June 2017

The past three decades have been tormenting at some level. The Berlin Wall fell, dragging with it the world that was taking it as a shelter. The Soviet Union became history, representing a defeated model; new international balances were established. On the regional level, Iraq fell, and Iran resumed the “export of revolutions” approach with its heavy attacks. Then came the so-called Arab Spring and left several Arab countries in turmoil. A large number of fighters infiltrated from ...

Ghassan Charbel

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ruling system

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The strength of any political system is tested by virtue of its ability to arrange governance when positions are changed. This is what happened on Wednesday morning in Saudi Arabia when Prince Mohammed bin Salman replaced Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Nayef congratulated Mohammed bin Salman and wished him luck in his task, which he was smoothly assigned following the majority agreement. Observers can see that Saudi Arabia is changing rapidly, and this calls on the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Arab Spring and terror through the eyes of a roving reporter

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Jenan Moussa’s twitter page opens a unique window to her life and times. The young and happening Dubai-based roving reporter with a regional news channel is completely different from the armchair journalists most of us have become in Dubai.She isn’t found on front seats of press conferences nor does she seek PR contacts on social media. Instead, she cultivates sources far away from her comfort zones, and frequently flies out to dangerous places such as Idlib, Aleppo and Benghazi to ...

Ehtesham Shahid

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