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Aysha Taryam
When Opinions Break, They Remain Broken
Published on November 14, 2018 | Opinion
It is a fast-paced world, this world of news. A world where speed and brevity have out-ranked what are the core values of journalism, those elusive concepts of credibility, impartiality and accountability. The shift has happened, the reader has become the consumer, the information-seeker a mere number, a statistic of subscribers, followers and sharers. Burning through information as fast as it can be churned out, the speed with which media outlets can shovel this commodity into the firepits of the cyber world became the only factor guaranteeing an organization’s continuation, its survival. With that came a barrage of compromises, the profession yielded to the pressures of mass-consumption and the face of journalism was altered, in many cases disfigured by the need to cater to endless trends and the passing whims of the cyber-masses.

Shaadaab S. Bakht
Published on November 30, 2018 | Panorama
The Lord invented faith to fix the fallacies and foibles of man. But sadly humanity has become a victim of the invention. We have enormously failed the divine creation.


Sarah Taryam
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Necessary measures
Published on October 26, 2018 | Panorama
At this point in time, we have never been more connected on a global scale than we are now. This week we are talking about social media and how our increasing reliance on it is creating mental health problems which many of us may not even be aware of.

Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz
Posted on March 29, 2016 | Opinion
The world is facing a changing global reality. Oil prices continue to lag, and leading international economists like Morgan Stanley say prices will fall further before they can begin to rise. Additionally, global economic activity will soon feel the effects of efforts to reduce global climate change. This challenging situation places the UAE at a unique juncture to accelerate its economic transformation efforts while offsetting the impact of shrinking hydrocarbon returns.

Dubai Abulhoul
Children’s Right to Privacy
Posted on August 9, 2018 | Opinion
If there’s any lesson that my third grade computer teacher made sure my classmates and I remembered by heart, it is this: do not share any personal information online. Little did my teacher know that she was addressing a group of seven-year -olds that would, in a matter of a few years, become the generation that shared more personal information in public than any generation before it in history.

Khalid Al Ameri
What Emirati men can learn from Emirati women
Posted on August 28, 2016 | Opinion
“Beware men lest women deprive you of leadership positions.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai

Alia Al Hazami
Separating the Art from the Artist: Johnny Depp & Fantastic Beasts
Posted on October 9, 2018 | Opinion
One of the greatest ethical challenges one may face is being forced to choose between something they love, and something they stand for. For several months, I have been overthinking what may seem like a silly little debacle to others. But to me, it is a huge ethical decision. I am a very huge fan of Harry Potter. JK Rowling’s decision to continue the magic with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was absolutely thrilling. However, as a woman, my heart sunk when the last scene showed Johnny Depp on the screen.


Sara Al Mheiri
A hairy hoot
Posted on February 13, 2014 | Panorama
“Please stop moving,” she said with gritted teeth, her patience clearly running out. I didn’t care though. She wasn’t the one in absolute agony. My legs were crossed so tightly and nails dug deep into the arm rests but that didn’t stop my head suddenly flinching from the pain as I yelped. She sighed loudly and undid the braid once more. This was the third time in a row that she has been braiding the same piece of hair. But when I say braid, I mean really yanking the hair practically out of the root to make sure it stands the test of time.

Hiba Essa Al Ateek
Strolling out
Posted on September 16, 2016 | Opinion
Today is the day I take my six month  old twins out for the first time on my own. I decide to go to the Galarie Lafayette to shop. Very daring for my first trip, my friends think. I feel optimistic and proud of myself as we take the elevator and walk to the bus stop five minutes away.

Fatma Mohammed Al Saleh
The Temple Run
Posted on October 17, 2014 | Panorama
It was just another day. Strolling back towards what I called home for this month. It’s more of a house. There seemed to be no kind of emotional attachment. Rather I might have wanted to distance myself from it. For it was empty of all the love, craziness, and long sleepless fun nights I spent back home. Walking through that door made me homesick. Literally sick. It’s not that I didn’t like the girls there; on the contrary I saw many potential friendships.


Sula Powell
Last but not least
Posted on August 9, 2016 | Panorama
Two years and thirty plus, slightly melodramatic student drama scenarios and fabulous food related articles later, my time at university in the UAE has officially expired. I am hectically trying to convince myself it is a lie and I will be in Dubai forever and ever, just not particularly consolidated in terms of legitimacy when the Emirates flight reminders flash up every other day! I predict as soon as I am in Scottish airspace cue an extreme crying face x 1000 and induced S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) and potentially a case of vitamin D deficiency.


PV Vivekanand
Published on September 23, 2012 | Opinion
The UN Security Council appears to be headed for US-engineered military intervention to root out militants linked to Al Qaeda who have seized control of Mali’s northern region. On Friday, the Security Council called on the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) – a bloc of West African countries – to submit a detailed plan for military intervention in Mali. Presumably, the plan would call for establishment of a military force that will be supported by the African Union and the United Nations.


Saibal Chatterjee
Dynamism and depth
Published on September 7, 2018 | Panorama
A slew of new titles that cut a wide swathe in terms of themes, concerns and styles represents Arab cinema in the 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, Sept.6 to 16), testifying to the sustained dynamism and depth of filmmaking in the region. At one end of the spectrum, veteran Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache’s latest work world premieres in the festival’s Masters sidebar; at the other, Palestinian writer-director Bassam Jarbawi will bring the curtains down on the Discovery section with his debut feature.


Tanya Khoury
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Published on May 23, 2014 | Panorama
Imagine my delight after finding out that The Grand Budapest Hotel was on again at the cinema. I really didn’t know what to think – was it a prank? I had to make sure. I bought my ticket online and called the theatre twice to make certain that when I got there the film would still be on. I hurried down to the cinema, bought my wonderfully mixed popcorn and ran into the theatre smiling from ear to ear. Come to think of it, that whole scene must have looked very peculiar from the outside in. No matter, Wes Anderson’s highly awaited film was on and I couldn’t really care about my facial expression as I ran up the escalator to the cinema door.


Abdalla M. Taryam
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The Socialist Republic of UAE Football
Published on October 7, 2012 | Opinion
We can all agree that the United States strives to become a pure capitalist market. Most of their laws, financial decisions and even election campaigns revolve around capitalism. Nonetheless, there is a sector in the land of freedom that is far from pure capitalism and bordering on socialist practices: Sport. Survival of the fittest, or the richest is the adopted motto in sport. Less so in individual sport, we are witnessing the power of money dominating the entire world of team sport.


Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
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A laughing matter
Published on November 30, 2012 | Panorama


Hichem Karoui
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Hullabaloo about EU move
Published on July 21, 2013 | Opinion
A serious crisis is shaking the relationship between the European Union and Israel. The reason is the decision to ban 28 EU member states from funding or dealing with settlers in territories occupied by the Jewish state in 1967, according to the guidelines published in the EU’s Official Journal on Friday morning, July 19.

BRP Bhaskar
An exercise in futility?
Published on December 11, 2018 | Opinion
India can be proud of its current status as the world’s fastest growing large economy. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not quite happy because he has not been able to match the record of his immediate predecessor, Manmohan Singh, who headed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government for 10 years. The economy was facing serious problems when Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao picked Manmohan Singh, a noted economist, for the post of Finance Minister in 1991. He initiated reforms and set the economy on an upward trajectory.


Birjees Sarwat Hussain
Let bygones be bygones
Published on November 23, 2018 | Opinion
Early last week Marvel’s Stan Lee passed away. You can be forgiven for asking or wondering who on earth Stan Lee was. If you’re a comic book fan and enjoy watching all those movies that have brought famous comic book characters to life then surely you must love Superman, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four and, of course, The Avengers. But when you hear of these superhero names, you have probably noticed that they are always preceded by the name “Marvel’s”. None of us would even know, unless we were ardent comic book fans, that all these characters were created primarily by Stan Lee who was 95 when he died.

Musa A.Keilani
A fresh push to an old issue
Published on July 3, 2013 | Opinion
Ahead of his visit last week to the Middle East, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has drawn up a package deal of political options to lure Israel and the Palestinians back into direct negotiations, said that it was the last chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry held talks with His Majesty King Abdullah II in Amman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to discuss a renewal of the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians.

OP Thomas
India’s year-end growth rate estimated lower due to demonetisation
Published on January 2, 2017 | Opinion
The last trading week of the year witnessed a stimulating rally as equities climbed over two per cent, leading to speculation that bulls were back. However, the buying was largely supported by domestic institutions while foreign institutional investors remained net sellers. Indices gained in three out of five sessions of the week. After falling below the psychological 26,000 level at the onset of the week, Sensex regained that mark later.

V Nagarajan
Capital gains tax implication for selling partly built apartment
Published on November 11, 2018 | Opinion
I am selling an apartment, which has been partly built by a developer. I took home loan while investing in the apartment. I may go for reinvestment in a bigger unit. What will be the capital gains tax implication as the unit has been partly built? Wilfred, Sharjah.


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