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Omar Al-Ubaydli
Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.

Culture wars are vicious but can bring change

Much of the world is currently locked in a vicious culture war. There seems to be no middle ground on which historical figures should be venerated and what role religion should play in the legal...

Controlling food prices is the wrong way to tackle hunger

As food and energy prices soar worldwide, leaving the poor unable to afford life’s necessities, price controls seem effective and ethical. However, they would be a grave error, harming the very people...

Remote education is useful but nothing betters in-person teaching

A rich education ecosystem includes both remote and in-person variants. Educators must work with students to get the balance right. For a while, due to the pandemic, we all had to make do with the...

Gulf countries need to better understand the returns from education

It takes years for society to start reaping the benefits of educational investments, and the costs of making errors can be exorbitantly high. In Western countries, these important decisions are guided...

It’s learning from mistakes that matters

The adage that crises offer opportunities should come with a qualifier: you have to study the situation, draw scientifically-grounded lessons, and only then can you start harvesting the opportunities....

Biden doesn’t want OPEC to increase oil production

Biden’s rejected call for OPEC members to increase oil production has left many DC think tankers hyperventilating about the US being hung out to dry by its allies. In fact, the US president was hoping...

Bahrain’s neoliberal industrial policy gets a revamp

For over 20 years, Bahrain’s industrial policy has been guided by the neoliberal principles of the Washington Consensus, with its emphasis on the government getting out of the private sector’s way. As...

Plans for a European football super league will resurface

As we approach the anniversary of the aborted attempt at launching a European football super league, fans who felt violated must remain vigilant. The economic forces are compelling to Europe’s biggest...