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Dossier May 2017

UAE. Foreign Policy and Security.

The United Arab Emirates has been pursuing a very active foreign policy to combat political Islam in all its forms. The Muslim Brotherhood is its main target, and the Federation has therefore found itself at odds with Qatar – but also Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates have taken a more pragmatic approach in foreign…

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UAE. Economic progress and its Contradictions.

Until the 1930’s, and reaching a peak in 1929, pearl fishing brought considerable wealth to the Emirates. The bankers on Wall Street and maharajas of India held pearls in high esteem and that helped build the roots of finance and trade of the present day UAE. Yet, the combination of the Great Depression after the…

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The United Arab Emirates, the Individualist of the Gulf Petromonarchies.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, in southwest Asia. It consists of seven absolute monarchies known as emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaima, Sharja and Umm al-Qaywayn. Before 1971, they were known as the ‘Trucial States’, owing to a truce that the British…

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UAE. Division of Powers.

The UAE is one of the youngest nations in the Middle East. It has an estimated population of some 9.5 million, a high percentage (over 80%) of which is formed by expatriates operating in different economic sectors. Even though it is a rich state thanks to oil – the UAE has diversified its economy, becoming…

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Advocacy

A Nun faces big multinational corporations.

Sister Nathalie Kangaji has never been ready to accept injustice. She has been fighting for ten years as coordinator of the Legal Aid Center (CAJJ)…

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Baobab

Why the Bat Flies at Night.

0nce upon a time, the bat and the bush-rat were great friends. All day long they would go hunting in the bush together, dodging between the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. Always Missionaries.

It doesn’t take much to make young people missionaries. Even those who are most frail, limited and troubled can be missionaries in their own way, for…

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