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Saudi Arabia’s Sponsorship System- Slavery in Disguise Undermines Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia’s Sponsorship System: Slavery in Disguise Undermines Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia has a bold 2030 vision that relies on the employment of more Saudis and fewer foreigners. Yet its well documented, abusive labor sponsorship system persists, effectively keeping foreign workers at the mercy of their Saudi sponsors and preventing expansion of the foreign workforce that will be needed to meet the Vision 2030 goals.
Syria’s Women Journalists Fight For Their Country

Syria’s Women Journalists Fight For Their Country

On this year’s International Women’s Day, eight years into the Syrian revolution, the country’s women journalists defy gender-based violence and criticism and continue, courageously, to report on Syrian life and the cruelty of the Assad regime.

Egypt’s Ongoing Crackdowns: Prison Sentence for Activist Denouncing Sexual Harassment

The case of Amal Fathy, a civil rights activist sentenced to two years in prison for calling on the government to prevent the sexual harassment of women, epitomizes the attack on free expression across the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia Criticized for App that Allows Men to Track Location of Women

Saudi Arabia Criticized for App that Allows Men to Track Location of Women

Absher, an app created by the Saudi interior ministry, has been downloaded more than one million times on Android devices. While some praise its usefulness in providing passport and other services to Saudi citizens, others say it further deepens "gender apartheid" in the already repressive kingdom.
British Journalist Captured by Islamic State Still Alive, Says UK Government

British Journalist Captured by Islamic State Still Alive, Says UK Government

Journalist John Cantlie has often been feared dead since his capture in 2012. But now the U.K. Security Minister has confirmed that reports originating from a former jihadist, that John Cantlie is still alive, may hold water.
Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Jordan Using Self-Defense

Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Jordan Using Self-Defense

Although Jordan has made positive strides towards ending gender-based violence, most notably by abolishing Article 308 (a legal provision that exempted rapists from punishment if they married their victims), Jordanian women are still left particularly vulnerable to abuse, least of which is other women’s denial of the problem.
Al-Shabab Somalia's Enduring Security Problem

Al-Shabab: Somalia’s Enduring Security Problem

For decades, Somalia has ...
2018 Worst Year on Record for Violence Against Journalists

2018 Worst Year on Record for Violence Against Journalists

The current and worsening erosion of freedom of the press worldwide represents an unprecedented threat to democracy.
Why Don’t Muslims Denounce Extremist Terrorism? They Do!

Why Don’t Muslims Denounce Extremist Terrorism? They Do!

Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab World has known endless cycles of death and destruction. It has also suffered sickening terror in the hands of Islamic extremists.
Microinsurance One Startup “Insures” Better Future for MENA Region's Poorest

Microinsurance: One Startup “Insures” Better Future for MENA Region’s Poorest

Insurance technology (InsurTech), a new sector in the global startup scene, is attracting a growing number of companies that are revolutionizing the world of insurance using new digital technologies. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Democrance is on a mission to provide insurance to the region’s poor through mobile technology.