Israel and Palestine: Boosting the West Bank’s economy

A Palestinian carving for peace EVEN when the peace process seemed to be getting somewhere a couple of decades ago, Israelis and Palestinians rarely paraded on common ground. But one such example was on display in May when some 300 Israeli and Palestinian businesspeople and a posse of former military men travelled to Jordan to present their vision of a co-operative future once their leaders finally clinch a peace deal. Executives with billions of dollars in hand and many thousands of workers in their employ sat down together to plot joint ventures in a common market.

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Syria’s political opposition: Disarray

Khatib in Istanbul, so far armed only with diplomacy WESTERN governments have been urging Syria’s political opposition to sort itself out, if it is to make headway at the peace conference expected soon in Geneva. But at an ongoing meeting in Istanbul, they have thus far failed to do so

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The UN and the World Bank: Rare co-operation

A PAIR of bespectacled Koreans smiled down from giant banners flying over the slums of Kinshasa, the crowded and chaotic capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The double act being advertised was the UN’s secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and the World Bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American medical expert. Together they visited Africa’s seediest mega-city on May 22nd to launch a novel partnership between their two sprawling organisations.In its simplest form, their idea is to get the World Bank to use its financial muscle to back the UN’s political agenda

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Egypt: Cairo Opera House Employees Demand Sacking Culture Minister

[Aswat Masriya]Artists and staff members at the Cairo Opera House staged a demonstration to demand sacking Minister of Culture Alaa Abdel Aziz for his latest decision which included ending the tenure of both the ministry’s fine arts sector’s head Salah al-Meligi and the Cairo Opera House’s acting head Inas Abdel Dayem.

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