What’s Behind China’s Love Affair With Morocco?

April 21, 2017 11:36 am0 comments
What’s Behind China’s Love Affair With Morocco?

Chinese involvement and investment in Africa is well documented, with Beijing a major trading partner for the continent’s resource exporters. One of the latest countries to benefit from China’s attentions is Morocco, which is witnessing an unprecedented boom in bilateral relations. Morocco is quickly becoming an important partner for China […]

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View from Damascus: rebuilding in the midst of war

April 14, 2017 4:22 pm0 comments
View from Damascus: rebuilding in the midst of war

One afternoon, I managed to sneak away to see the Krak des Chevaliers. This medieval castle used to be a big tourist destination. I’d met some people in Jordan a couple of years ago who told me that it was absolutely stunning. To read more, click here. 

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The Omani Succession Envelope, Please

April 7, 2017 11:01 am1 comment
The Omani Succession Envelope, Please

The name of the next ruler of Oman is written on a piece of paper in a sealed envelope kept in the royal palace in the capital of Muscat. It sounds like a bizarre Arab variation of an American television game show, but it isn’t. There is also a second […]

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How an Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Found Himself Fighting ISIS in Syria

March 31, 2017 4:11 pm1 comment
How an Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Found Himself Fighting ISIS in Syria

On a desert-cold, moonlit night just over two years ago, Amir Taaki stepped off the Iraqi sand into a rubber dinghy floating in the Tigris River. The boat was just wide enough to fit his compact body next to the much larger American ex-Army machine gunner sitting beside him. To […]

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Qatar Is Bringing Its Investment Muscle to Silicon Valley

1:17 pm2 comments
Qatar Is Bringing Its Investment Muscle to Silicon Valley

Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund said on Monday it would open an office in San Francisco to expand its growing U.S. portfolio, and was still considering investing in a technology fund formed by SoftBank Group. To read more, click here. 

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Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem to have first solo US show at Lacma

March 24, 2017 1:14 pm1 comment
Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem to have first solo US show at Lacma

The Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem will open his first US solo show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) next month. The artist, who was until recently also a lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Arabian army, is known for his politically and socially engaged works that draw […]

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