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ANALYSIS – The Levant and North Africa: on the verge of economic malaise?

August 7, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 undoubtedly has had a catastrophic impact on the most vulnerable communities of the world. According to a recent World Bank report [1], the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is ranked as second-lowest among all regions in the overall Global Health Security Index, and it comes last in terms of […]

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First hospitals in U.S. implant next-generation cardiac device to reduce risk of stroke

August 7, 2020

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Los Robles Health System perform near simultaneous implantation of WATCHMAN FLX™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On Aug. 5, 2020, physicians at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and Los Robles Health System in […]

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Men take on 5 times more chores during COVID-19: Study

August 6, 2020

Employed men working from home during the COVID-19 quarantine took on five times more household chores than before, highlighting the importance of work-life balance, said a Turkish expert, citing new research supported by United Nations Development Program (UNDP).   “Despite the rise in men’s contribution to household chores, women shouldered most of the household labor, […]

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Tanzania: Lockdown brings digital innovations in learning

August 6, 2020

The lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic came as a blessing in disguise for many technology innovators, but it also exposed a deep digital divide in the East African country of Tanzania. While students of many elite schools like Ali Hassan Mwinyi Elite School, swiftly switched to Google classrooms to continue learning, their peers in […]

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ANALYSIS – Why is Armenian diaspora resorting to aggression again?

August 6, 2020

The skirmishes in Tovuz, on the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, led to confrontations between representatives of the diasporas of the two states overseas. Radical attitudes and attacks by the representatives of Armenians were particularly noticeable. The first large-scale attack happened in Los Angeles, the United States, also known as the capital of the […]

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ANALYSIS – Meis Island’s status according to UN Law of the Sea Convention

August 6, 2020

One of the longstanding disputes between Turkey and Greece is the status of the islands in the Aegean Sea according to international law. The parties hold different views on the nature of the problem and how it should be resolved.   Turkey acknowledges that the Aegean islands do have territorial waters but asserts that they […]

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Kashmir annexation ejects locals from official machinery

August 5, 2020

When India annexed and reduced Jammu and Kashmir to a centrally administered territory exactly a year ago, observers felt the move was aimed at changing the region’s Muslim-majority character.   While it may take years to enforce huge demographic changes, it appears that the local population has already been ejected from the official machinery, thus […]

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A year without school in Kashmir

August 5, 2020

In the midst of looming uncertainty and a coronavirus pandemic, schools in Indian-administered Kashmir have remained closed for a year, bringing education of children in the region to a standstill.   Parents and teachers say children are not able to focus on studies after a yearlong shutdown.   “It has become really difficult to manage […]

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