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United Arab Emirates

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

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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