How silicon makes Israel’s desert bloom

The desert shall rejoice PINK BOLLWORMS are the scourge of cotton farmers. The insect is less than an inch long, but it has a voracious appetite for the plant’s seeds. As a child living on Kibbutz Ginosar, in Israel’s north, Ofir Schlam would wake up at dawn to inspect leaves for the pest

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Saudi Arabia’s economic reforms are not attracting investors

DRIVE AROUND Riyadh and Saudi Arabia’s economy looks vibrant. Malls in the capital are crowded with shoppers and staff. Young people are eager to spend money on entertainment now that the once-feared religious police are off the streets.

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Africa: No Coups Occurred in 2018. Will Next Year Be So Stable?

[The Conversation Africa] The past year may have felt politically tumultuous, between Saudi Arabia’s brazen killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the resurgence of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to U.S.

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A new push to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara

IN THE SAHARA, rain is said to bring good luck. So negotiators from the United Nations should be encouraged by a recent downpour in Laayoune, the capital of Western Sahara. On December 5th they will gather in Geneva to try, yet again, to resolve the differences between Morocco, which rules two-thirds of the territory, and the Polisario Front, a nationalist movement that controls the other (mostly inhospitable) third

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