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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, February 5th to February 11th – Current as of February 12, 2018. This week’s report covers Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen. | Suggested reading: “Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Salafist Dilemma” – Part… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 30th to February 4th – Current as of February 5, 2018. This week’s report covers Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Libya. | Suggested reading: “Bahrain courts continue to strip protesters of citizenship” –… Keep Reading

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Bahrain courts continue to strip protesters of citizenship

Bahraini authorities have deported eight Bahrainis, having stripped them of their citizenship, since January 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch reported today. Bahraini courts have increasingly been turning to a stronger form of intimidation to crush rebellion against the state – stripping opponents of their of citizenship. Bahraini… Keep Reading

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Lebanon cracks down on media over criticism of Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s judiciary has begun cracking down on Lebanese media personalities for their critiques on Saudi Arabia; this comes in the wake of a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. On Jan. 26, Lebanon’s Public Prosecutor Ghada Aoun ordered a lawsuit against Hicham Haddad, a prominent… Keep Reading

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China facing consequences of one-child policy

Between 1949 and 1976, China’s population had almost doubled from 540 to 940 million. Naturally, the strain on resources was dramatic. Under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, in 1979 China took the drastic step of limiting population growth. The one-child policy – one child per… Keep Reading

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China’s largest cities drop in population after mass displacement

On Jan. 24, China officially announced that the population of China’s two largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, decreased in 2017. This is partially due to long-standing aggressive spending programs on housing across Chinese provinces. China has been implementing plans to relocate 250 million people between… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 23rd to January 29th – Current as of January 30, 2018. This week’s report covers Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq and Iran. | For information about the ongoing widespread anti-austerity protests in Tunisia, please… Keep Reading

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Molten Salt Energy Storage Making Strides

SolarReserve is developing technology to make a solar system with 24-hr power generating capacity. The system relies on molten salt for its efficiency.   In 2015, SolarReserve opened 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar energy facility. It has 1,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage, and the facility can… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 15th to January 22nd – Current as of January 23rd, 2018. This week’s report covers Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Tunisia, and Lebanon. | For the latest about the Turkish military offensive, named “Operation… Keep Reading

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Slovenia and Croatia standoff over naval boundaries

Despite the strong admonition that countries should resolve border disputes before joining the European Union, Slovenia and Croatia failed to reach an agreement regarding the Bay of Piran before becoming a part of the EU. Tensions over the two countries’ boundaries have been on the… Keep Reading

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