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By Editorial - Jun 04,2014
There is nothing more inconsequential or less interesting than a presidential election whose outcome is known before the votes are cast. This seems to be the case in Syria, where Bashar Assad was re-elected president for another seven-year term. There were two other candidates
By Editorial - Jun 03,2014
The government has sent a circular to all ministries, government departments, municipalities and state corporations, asking them to reduce fuel consumption by 25 per cent, shift to cars with 2000cc engines or less and stop purchasing new vehicles with engines bigger than 1600cc.
By Editorial - Jun 02,2014
Israel denied entry into the West Bank to three Palestinians poised to serve in the Cabinet of the new unity government that was due to be formed in Ramallah on Monday. While that is unacceptable, it does not come as a surprise. Israel never liked to see Palestinians united or
By Editorial - Jun 01,2014
Her Majesty Queen Rania left a distinctive mark at the conference on maternal health, held recently in Toronto under the title “Saving every woman, every child”. The Queen, UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children, attended the three-day event that offers &
By Editorial - May 31,2014
President Barack Obama made clear his stand on foreign policy on Wednesday, stressing his counterterrorism strategy, of more interest to us in the region where Syria is concerned. Speaking to graduating cadets at the US military academy West Point, the US president said he would
By Editorial - May 29,2014
General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s winning of the Egyptian presidential election was a foregone conclusion right from the start. His election by a landslide — 92 per cent of the votes — was not a big surprise, since his sole competitor was a political lightweight w
By Editorial - May 28,2014
According to a recent study conducted by the Jordan Breast Cancer Programme, fear of death is the primary reason for women in Jordan to forego screening for breast cancer. Fear of the treatment for breast cancer also figures highly among the reasons given by women for their fail
By Editorial - May 27,2014
The decision to declare Syrian Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman persona non grata should not come as a surprise, given the repeated violations of diplomatic norms committed by the ambassador for a long time. The ambassador hurled insults and offences at the country’s people and
By Editorial - May 26,2014
The recent decision of the Social Security Corporation to raise pensions as of May by 5.6 per cent, to match the 2013 inflation rate, must be welcome news to all pensioners. The principle of indexation, linking salaries and pensions to the cost of living, is a worldwide standard
By Editorial - May 25,2014
No matter who wins the presidential election in Ukraine, the violence and the widespread disruption of the voting process in the east of the country will overshadow the outcome. Some 18 candidates contend for the presidency, representing a wide range of views.