Saudi woman among North Pole expedition team

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

An intrepid team of four women from the Middle East and seven from Europe are set to launch a daring adventure to ski over 100 km in treacherous conditions to reach the North Pole. Mariam Hamidaddin, 32, from Jeddah, will be part of the Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018, spending 10 days on the shifting ice of the Arctic Ocean to reach the top of the world. If successful, she will be the first female from Saudi Arabia to ski the last degree to the Geographic North Pole. “I applied ...

Half of European flights face delays after computer failure

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

European air travelers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with around half of all flights at risk of delays following a technical problem at Eurocontrol, the agency in charge of the continent's skies. Several of the EU's biggest airports, including Amsterdam's Schiphol, warned of problems and advised passengers to check on their flights because of the computer breakdown. "Today 29,500 flights were expected in the European network. Approximately half of those could have some delay as a result ...

How terrorism is threatening Islam in Europe

Monday, 2 April 2018

France has commemorated a hero from its security forces, Arnaud Beltrame, who died at the hands of a 25-year-old Moroccan criminal while trying to save hostages lives at the recent supermarket siege. Radouane Lakdim first hijacked a car, after injuring the driver and killing a passenger, then entered a supermarket in the town of Trebes near Carcassonne and killed 4 people and injured 15 others. According to eyewitnesses, he committed this crime while screaming God is Greatest and pledging his ...

Randa Takieddine

Located between Croatia and Serbia, will Liberland be recognized as a ‘country’?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

“Free Republic of Liberland is a sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river.” That is how its official page on the web describes the Liberland, a three-square-mile patch of land that is the product of a border dispute. According to this webpage, the nearest towns are Zmajevac (Croatia) and Bački Monoštor (Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia) and on some maps, this area is referred to as “Gornja Siga”. Formed on 13 ...

Dubai ruler helps European family after car gets stuck in sand

Saturday, 17 March 2018

In a Superman moment, Dubai Ruler and Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has come to the rescue of a European family after their car got stuck in the sand on Saturday. Emarat Al Youm newspaper’s twitter handle shared pictures of the ruler trying to drive the car back onto the main road. He also took a picture with the adventuring family.  

Where to next, Italy?

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Geography doesn't lie, even when history is falsified. A few countries’ identities were shaped by geography like Italy’s, despite its glorious history.Italy went to the polls to elect its new parliament, in a much changed Europe and a much changed world.The country that gave the world the physics genius Archimedes, and Niccolo Machiavelli who ‘institutionalized’ politics and brought it down from philosophic utopia to realistic pragmatism, has elected its parliament, and ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

What if the Mediterranean brain drain results in brain gain?

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Foad Aodi has been challenged by the brain drain phenomenon for the last 20 years. Originally from Palestine, Aodi came to Italy when he was 18 years-old and studied in Rome to become a doctor. Today he is the President of the Association of Doctors of Foreign Origins in Italy (AMSI), an association that counts 62,000 members and helps foreign doctors willing to work in Italy. “In the last 50 years Italy has been facing different phases of high qualified immigration, but recently we ...

Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up its nuclear weapons

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Iran’s armed forces spokesman said on Saturday that there can be no talks on the country’s missile program without the West’s destruction of its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. “What Americans say out of desperation with regards to limiting the Islamic republic of Iran’s missile capability is an unattainable dream,” Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri told the official IRNA news agency. “The condition for negotiations on Iran’s missiles is ...

Policymakers beware – It’s all about the narrative in the message

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Central bank governors and OPEC chiefs have the same predicament – how to put out their message or narrative out without giving too much way and yet try to steer markets in the direction they want without spooking traders. If the new US. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell wanted the markets to take his maiden Semi-Annual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday as a first foray towards four rate hikes this year, he got what he was looking for, and then some. ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

What should Europe do with the children of returning ISIS militants?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Everyone remembers the footage of a little boy who was told by his parents to decapitate his teddy bear in Syria. Some pictures of these children of ISIS holding guns are circulating on social media.These children, as ISIS collapsed, will pose a challenge to European society when they will return from Syria and Iraq.Since the beginning of the war in Syria more than 5,000 Europeans joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. With the defeat of ISIS, the question of the return of militants has ...

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