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October 2, 2014
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Economics


The Tahrir Forum
Shameful Hamas-Fateh Behavior Must Stop
Rami G. Khouri

That Hamas and Fateh do not consummate a unified Palestinian government does not only reflect irresponsibility and incompetence on their part, but in view of the difficult context for Palestinians as a whole it is nothing less than a crime.

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The Islamic State and the Cost of Governing
Mona Alami

Although the Islamic State gained access to significant resources in Syria and Iraq, budgetary constraints will hinder the group’s expansionist aims.

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Environment


Essay
A Garden in Cairo
Maher Stino

Once the site of a garbage dump, Al-Azhar Park is a verdant haven in the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities. The development project, led by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, achieved a grand urban vision for revitalizing center-city neighborhoods, restoring Islamic historical sites and reviving ancient crafts.

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Essay
The Nature of Cities
Ian Douglas

The modern metropolis is vulnerable to all sorts of sudden and gradual threats, from hurricanes and earthquakes to the consequences of global warming. To cope, society must be resilient and the city managed well. Be prepared! Here’s an Urban Dweller’s Guide to the Elements.

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Health


Essay
Fight Against Polio
Bill Gates

The disease can be eradicated by 2018—with sufficient funds, commitment, and resolve.

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The Tahrir Forum
Gaza 2020: A Looming, Avoidable Catastrophe
Robert Turner

By 2020 the population of the tiny Gaza Strip will grow by half a million people: 500,000 more to be fed, housed, educated, and employed. Let us address the root causes of this looming disaster rather than expecting the international community to foot the bill to mitigate their disastrous consequences.

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Politics & Society


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Creating or Evading the Gates of Hell?
Rami G. Khouri

Three principal developments in and around the Arab world: The combined American-Arab Gulf states air strikes in Syria, the control of the Yemeni capital by Houthi rebels, and the meeting in New York between the Saudi Arabian and Iranian foreign ministers.

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How to Defeat ISIS
Tarek Osman

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is the first jihadist group to control a major area at the heart of the Islamic and Arab world. But the group’s real novelty and peril lie elsewhere: in the sophistication of its operations.

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Security


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The Reluctant Posse
Rami G. Khouri

It is not surprising that when the threat becomes really serious, Arab leaders wait for the United States to save their skins.

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Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come
Rami G. Khouri

Several troubling aspects of the American-led military plan to defeat the “Islamic State”

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