Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Colour of Slavery “The riots followed a controversial reform in Saudi labour laws covering foreign workers, brought about by rising Saudi unemployment, which has reached 12 percent. Saudi legislators calculated that by deporting foreign workers, job opportunities would open … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Wave of Painkiller Addiction How Egyptians cope with harsh living conditions: “As the sun rose on the first day of the Eid holiday, Youssef, an apprentice in a Cairo butcher shop, sat, knife in hand, covered in blood, nodding … Continue reading

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Egypt: Draft Constitution, Economic Development and the World Bank

‘Charting the Future’: Egypt’s Constitution “The constitution includes 40 new articles, concentrated in chapters regulating rights, freedoms and the foundational principles of society. There are articles which oblige the state to allocate three per cent of GDP to spending on … Continue reading

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Saudi hostility to the Iran nuclear deal should alarm us more than Israel’s An excellent article that sums the evolving geopolitics of the Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia emerging as a major destabilizing force in the region after the Iranian … Continue reading

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Egypt’s poverty rate rises to 26% in 2012/13: CAPMAS “Poverty remains predominant in rural areas compared to urban areas. The highest rates in the country are in two southern Egyptian governorates, Assiut and Qena, at 60 and 58 percent respectively.”

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