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Tate Modern honours Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, modern art pioneer
Apr22

Tate Modern honours Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, modern art pioneer

Come this June (2017), Tate Modern celebrates the life and works of Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, an artist who can rightly be seen as one of the female pioneers, in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, of both modernism and abstraction in a western sense, responsive to western aesthetics and sensibilities. Abstraction, through reinterpretation of Arabic/Farsi/Osmanli/Urdu calligraphic forms, isn’t new to a region...

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Amidst war wounded, Syria’s cancer sufferers risk being forgotten
Apr18

Amidst war wounded, Syria’s cancer sufferers risk being forgotten

Syria’s numerous hospital patients are an almost forgotten casualty of the conflict. The World Health Organisation says it is hoping to get to some of them, in particular cancer patients in health facilities not already targeted in the war. WHO cites the experience of 12-year old Khedr from Aleppo Governorate, who was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma, a tumour in the connective fibrous tissue affecting bones and muscles, in January...

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Iran insurance market largely untapped, and now there’s Trump
Nov15

Iran insurance market largely untapped, and now there’s Trump

Insurers are still wary of Iran as the need for foreign capacity grows, and now there’s US President-elect Donald Trump to consider as part of future calculations of how European or western non-life insurance operators play that market. Axco Insurance Information Services (Axco), a leading supplier of global insurance market information, in a country report on Iran highlighted hesitancy from international brokers and reinsurers,...

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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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Arqaam Capital upbeat about MENA structural reform
Sep20

Arqaam Capital upbeat about MENA structural reform

Arqaam Capital, a specialist emerging and frontier markets investment bank, says it sees positive mediump to long-term impact from structural reforms in the Middle East and North Africa region The bank on 19 September  inaugurated its third MENA Investors Conference in Dubai, coinciding—as analysts saw—with a time of change and reform in the MENA region. The prolonged oil oversupply, which may extend into the first half of 2017, has...

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London conference aims to counter apathy to war on Yemen
Aug16

London conference aims to counter apathy to war on Yemen

A coalition of non-government organisations active in Yemen and outside the embattled country will meet in London 20-21 August 2016 to counter a lack of international diplomatic and news media response to the continuing deaths and displacement of innocent civilians in the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab and non-Arab forces in a military operation it argues is a response to military operations that Riyadh...

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