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Proper planning and impact of time factor

Proper planning plays a crucial role in the success of any development project and ultimately in the progress of a country.



Fear is mankind’s biggest enemy

Few months ago, when the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus was the talk of the Kingdom, Jeddah in particular, a kid in my son’s school was reported sick.



Memoirs of a Saudi Ph.D. student: Staying safe abroad

During the past few weeks, we were all following the developments in the case of the Saudi student, Abdullah Alkadi, who went missing in the United States.



GCC and Australia set to explore new horizons

I write this week from Melbourne, Australia, where the first ever GCC-Australia Trade and Investment Forum was held.



Root of all problems

Whether the perpetuation of the Arab-Israeli conflict destabilizes the Middle East is an unresolved debate in the West.



Democracy under threat in Pakistan

On Oct. 11, Pakistan marked the 15th anniversary of a military coup that ousted Sharif’s democratically elected government and brought Gen. Pervez Musharraf to power.



Conspiracy in the making

When a seasoned strategic intelligence expert observed that the recent accidental bomb blast in a non-descript district-town of Burdwan in the Indian state of West Bengal is the first stroke to set th



Question mark over Nigeria truce

Nigeria’s announcement of a cease-fire with Boko Haram has surprised many and convinced few, particularly when talks with the militants on the possible release of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls had been at



Tightening noose around Tel Aviv

On Oct. 12, at a donors’ conference in Cairo, participants pledged $5.4 billion toward the reconstruction of Gaza.



The other Nobel winners

They are going to need an extra-big stage in Oslo this year.

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