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Arab Food Security : Vulnerabilities and Pathways

Food security is a challenge in the Arab region that was further underscored during the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis deepened food security concerns and increased uncertainty faced by policymakers. The persistent regional dilemma can be summarized as follows: To what …

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Covid-19 and its Pedagogy of Democracy

This article, written by Gianluca Solera and prof. Lidia Lo Schiavo, co-founders of Maydan Association,  was published today on Maydan’s website as the first contribution to a new section featuring stories, comments, photos, reports, or whatever preferred expression, to describe …

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Macron’s flawed vision for Europe

Persistent Divisions Will Preclude His Dreams of Global Power On May 11, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy hosted an extraordinary gathering of American cultural talent to welcome France’s minister of culture, André Malraux. The dinner—which included luminaries such as …

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Step into the Vatican’s secret archives

The archives’ treasures are the stuff of legend—but their existence is absolutely real. Fifty-three miles of shelving. Thirty-five thousand volumes of catalogue. Twelve centuries worth of documents. Housed in one of the most iconic bastions of religion and culture ever, …

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Is Egypt’s oil and gas sector set to boom?

Italian oil major, Eni, announced this week that it has made three new oil and gas discoveries in the Meleiha region of western Egypt. The new discovery further adds to Egypt’s recent announcement that it expects to become self-sufficient in …

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Does a secret desert mine hold the key to Morocco

Going green has advantages for the North African nation as it looks to tie its established mining and automobile sectors to battery production Morocco is hoping to move beyond its established mining sector and develop its electric vehicle industry, as …

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Somalia points the way to first cashless society

The launch of a national payments system has allowed Somalia to centralise its digital payments. The country is on the cusp of a digital revolution, with opportunity ripe for the picking.   Mogadishu famously only installed its first ATM in …

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