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November 23, 2014
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Economics


The Tahrir Forum
Lessons from the Historic Tunisian Elections
Rami G. Khouri

The Tunisian elections were the most significant domestic and national political development in the history of the modern Arab world since its creation a century ago.

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Midan
Architecture for All
Fernanda Uro Aboites

Magda Mostafa, an architecture professor at the American University in Cairo, is a pioneer in practical solutions to the challenges of living with autism.

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Environment


Book review
A Step in the Right Direction
Neil Bhatiya

Should climate change be left to nation states to resolve? Not on your life.

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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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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


The Tahrir Forum
Only Active Citizens Can Save Their Precarious States
Rami G. Khouri

The precarious status of half a dozen countries, which run the risk of collapsing or fragmenting into smaller units, is a defining issue of the Arab world today.

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The Tahrir Forum
Is Jerusalem the Last Battle?
Rami G. Khouri

Living in a political vacuum, Palestinians in Jerusalem have only themselves to rely on to defend their lands and rights, and in cases of extreme threats and violence used against them, they resort to violence such as we are witnessing these days.

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Security


The Tahrir Forum
A New Sectarian Force for Iraq
Raed El-Hamed

Plans to build a national guard force risk widening sectarian divisions in Iraq and pushing more Sunnis toward the Islamic State.

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Algeria’s Police Riots
Abdallah Brahimi

The power struggle between the Algerian presidency and DRS prevents any fundamental reforms that could address the underlying demands of police protesters.

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