Category Archives: Government and Politics

Yemen seeks to get rid of “ghost soldiers”.

Yemen’s government has begun applying a biometric registration system for all military personnel in order to clear the public payroll from double-dippers and so-called ‘ghost workers’. Double-dippers are those who are registered twice on the payroll and receive two salaries … Continue reading

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Oxford graduates argue for a multi-tiered approach to achieving a successful labour migration policy in the UAE

Most GCC  countries depend on millions of foreign workers to keep their economies moving. Their presence is often the cause of debate, and sometimes controversy. In this op-ed for oxgaps.org, Oxford graduates Froilan T Malit Jr and Ali al Youha argue for a four-tier approach in dealing … Continue reading

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The battle for the minds of young Saudis.

There are high hopes that the recent appointment of a new Minister of Education in Saudi Arabia marks a significant attempt to modernise the country’s education system. In this op-ed, Dennis Sammut discusses the tasks ahead for Prince Khaled al … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia’s announces record budget of SR855 billion for 2014.

Saudi Arabia’s budget for 2014 will amount to SR855 billion (approximately USD 228 billion) in 2014, an increase of 4.3% over this year’s budget, and the highest ever in the Kingdom’s history. However commentators have described the increase as modest, … Continue reading

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OxGAPS symposium offered an open space for debate on important issues.

Many participants in the symposium held in Oxford on 16 November have commented on the importance of the event and how it contributed to providing an open space for debate on many important issues affecting the Middle East Region at … Continue reading

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“Best discussion on human rights I have participated in for a long time” – Baroness Helena Kennedy on the OxGAPS Forum.

Issues related to human rights, the rule of law, recent political developments in the Middle East and prospects for change, demographic challenges, historical perspectives and the role of outside actors were some of the topics discussed in the Symposium with … Continue reading

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Oxford to host symposium on “Old and New Challenges in the Arab countries of the Gulf and the Levant”.

Around fifty young politicians, government officials, civil society activists and journalists from Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon will join Oxford students and scholars for a one day symposium on the theme “Old and New Challenges in the Arab countries … Continue reading

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Saudis snub world community. The Kingdom rejects seat on Security Council citing double standards.

In this op-ed for oxgaps.org Dennis Sammut discusses the implications of Saudi Arabia’s refusal to accept a seat on the United Nations Security Council, to which it had just been elected. It was the ultimate snub to the world community, … Continue reading

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EU and GCC search for common ground, but the relationship still lacks vision.

Despite co-operation on a number of technical issues EU-GCC relations in the past have lacked vision and vigor. OxGAPS Forum Special Correspondent contributed this op-ed following the meeting in Brussels last week of officials from the two blocs. The European … Continue reading

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Meet the Al Nahyans (and friends) – Society wedding in Abu Dhabi of four grandchildren of the late Sheikh Zayed.

It was a society wedding on a grand scale, but in traditional style. Four grandchildren of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates got married on Wednesday in the presence of … Continue reading

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Canceled Conference Revives Concerns About Academic Freedom in the Gulf

source: http://www.chronicle.com The London School of Economics and Political Science abruptly canceled an academic conference on the Arab Spring it planned to hold over the weekend at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, citing “restrictions imposed … Continue reading

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To What Extent Is Twitter Changing Gulf Societies?

In this article, which was first published last year in the magazine “State of the region”, of Cairo’s Al Ahram Centre, Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, looks at how, in the absence of more traditional form of … Continue reading

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Saudi clerics arrested outside the Royal Court as King Abdullah makes his first appearance in weeks.

http://www.riyadhbureau.com King Abdullah has made his first public appearance in four weeks when he received senior princes and clerics in his palace Tuesday afternoon in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The state television played footage showing members of the royal family … Continue reading

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Football helps process of state-building in UAE

source: http://www.links-dar.org The National football team of the United Arab Emirates have won this year’s Gulf Cup. An elated nation cheered their team on to victory. In this op-ed Dennis Sammut discusses why football is helping the process of state … Continue reading

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