Is hot money heading the wrong way?

  • CHICAGO: Troubles may dog the euro zone, but in the US, stocks are on an ascent, with the S&P 500 up about 12 percent in the first quarter. Apart from employment and housing, there’s plenty of evidence that the US is in a meek recovery, which means that most of the hot money for short-term,...
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Ramadan drama ‘Um Haroun’ conjures up a religiously harmonious Middle East

  • LONDON: If the very best drama seeks not only to entertain but also to educate and provoke debate on the pressing issues of the day, then MBC’s hit Ramadan series “Um Haroun” must surely be in the running for multiple awards. Before even a single episode had aired, controversy had flared over...
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How political dysfunction precipitated Lebanon’s healthcare collapse

  • LONDON: Lebanon’s health system is in a precarious state following wave upon wave of political and economic crisis. As the country reels from medical supply shortages, COVID-19 case surges and an exodus of skilled medical professionals, the urgency of the sector’s need for outside help is no lo...
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Blasts rock Khartoum as warring sides affirm humanitarian pledge

  • KHARTOUM: Airstrikes pummeled Khartoum on Saturday, with representatives of Sudan’s warring factions meeting in Saudi Arabia for talks to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe” as the fighting entered a fifth week. A witness in west Khartoum reported army airstrikes on paramilitary forces, as b...
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Treat others as you want to be treated

  • Seeing her face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent.Then she opens her mouth, and what pours out is vile and ugly, the racist message of the extreme right. Like seeing a cherub parting its lips and revealing the teeth of a vampire.Ayelet...
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Mandela: The movie

  • I have just seen the new movie “Mandela,” and I am so full of impressions that I cannot abstain from writing them down.It is a very good film, with very good actors. But that’s not the main point. It is a very accurate film, depicting what actually happened in South Africa, and one cannot help...
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Trouble amid plenty in Africa

  • Africa is changing dramatically, and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama’s recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and...
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Time for a reality check

  • The Gulf countries have responded with unprecedented speed and daring to the possible impact of oil crisis on their economies. Led by a new generation of leaders — especially in Saudi Arabia — they have crafted a sweeping new vision for the country as it seeks to wean itself off its addiction to...
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It is not about money, but PR power

  • A donation of $25,000 to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which helps Palestinian refugees abandoned and abused by Israel, may not sound like much, but it is. The donation came from Kal Penn, an actor starring in the hit TV series “Designated Survivor” as a White House spokesman.Penn, who...
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London fears exodus of bankers, investment

  • LONDON: Will Brexit threaten London’s long-booming economy? The British capital fears investors and bankers could flee the city after the shock nationwide vote, threatening its coveted reputation as a global financial hub.Some 60 percent of Londoners voted to stay in the EU in Thursday’s historic...
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