Monthly Archives: December 2009

Stopping al-Qaeda in Yemen

Evidence has been mounting that al-Qaeda is building a strong presence in Yemen.  This reality is even clearer given an upsurge in activity in recent days including two separate attacks by Yemeni forces against al-Qaeda bases and the claim by … Continue reading

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GCC Food Import Security Plans Draw Criticism as "Food Imperialism."

In the wake of the global food crisis from 2007-2008, the Gulf countries have been shaken out of their complacency regarding their lack of a sustainable agricultural sector.  The dramatic rise in food prices caused an arc of economic instability and … Continue reading

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Electoral Reform in Jordan

In the week before the Eid al-Adha holiday, King Abdullah dissolved parliament just two years into its term. According to the constitution, elections must now be held within four months or the previous parliament will be reinstated. However, the King … Continue reading

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Stunted Growth in MENA

A recent UN report found that many children throughout the Middle East and North Africa suffer from stunted growth which can either be the product of inadequate food or improper nutrition.  While it might be expected that there would be … Continue reading

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