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Bibliotheca Alexandrina: A Knowledge and Cultural Beacon in the Middle East

“During the recent uprising in Egypt, the city of Alexandria witnessed fierce violence including the burning down of the provincial government building and state security headquarters. However a rare point of agreement between anti-regime protestors and the government security apparatus was to protect the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). The images of a human barricade shielding the BA during the protests highlight the importance of this institution.

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The Spread of Nanotechnology in MENA

IBM Research seems to be behind the current movement to develop more nanotechnology centers throughout MENA.

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SFG_ME August 2011 pgs. 8-9
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_Aug2011.pdf#page=8

“New Nanotechnology Network established in the Middle East.” Nanowerk Research and General News. Nanowerk. 11 April 2009.
http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=10056.php

“Proposed IBM centre to provide solutions in water, energy sectors.” Jordan Times. 30 January 2011.
http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=33970&searchFor=nanotechnology

“Nanotechnology and the Environment in the Arab World.” Green Compass Research. 2010.
http://gc-research.org/Nanotechnology_and_the_Environment_in_the_Arab_World/

“Tunisia launches first Nanotech Project‟. Science and Development Network. 11 January 2010.
http://www.scidev.net/en/news/tunisia-launches-first-nanotech-project.html

“Turkish Researchers make nanotechnology Breakthrough.” Hurriyet Daily News. 17 June 2011.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-researchers-make-nanotechnology-breakthrough-

2011-06-17 “Nanotechnology could help Arab Region.” Earthwitness. February 2010.
http://www.earthwitness.net/2010/02/nanotechnology-could-help-arab-region.html

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Middle East unrest holds lessons for South America: indicators for political vulnerability

A host of factors led to the social uprisings in the Middle East in 2011, triggered in part by rising food prices; Bolivia, which also experienced unrest in that period, exhibits many of these factors and highlights vulnerability in itself and in the region.

Gonzalo Alcade of FORO writes,

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FORO March 2011 pages 4-5:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/FORO_Mar2011.pdf#page=4

UNDP, Informe Nacional de Desarrollo Humano para Bolivia 2010, online at: http://idh.pnud.bo/index.php?option=com_hello&view=hello2&Itemid=56&id=6

Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación, “La volatilidad de precios en los mercados
agrícolas”. Informes de Política 12, available online at: http://www.fao.org/economic/es-policybriefs/es

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Egypt Embraces Wind Energy to Reduce Oil Dependence

"Egypt plans to introduce a feed-in-tariff law by 2012, which has the potential to create a competitive market and would guarantee that all sources of renewable energy will be competitive with traditional sources of energy. Thus with the government offering electricity generated by renewable sources at a reduced rate, there is potential for electricity to reach poor rural populations....

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The Strategic Foresight Group, Middle-East Edition, May 2011, page 5-7: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_May2011.pdf#page=5

“Middle East largest wind turbine comes online in Abu Dabi”, Ameinfo Online. 20 January 2008. http://www.ameinfo.com/144256.html

Global Wind Energy Council
http://www.gwec.net/index.php?id=18

“A gust of wind energy in Egypt”, Egyptian Wind Energy Association. 14 July, 2010. http://www.ewindea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126:a-gust-of-wind- energy-in-egypt&catid=41:wind-industry&Itemid=68

“Manufacture Wind turbine components in Egypt”, How We Made It in Africa, 26 July, 2010. http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/manufacture-wind-turbine-components-in-egypt/155/

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G8 falls short $18 billion in aid commitments to Africa

The G8 failed to meet aid commitments to Africa targeted at achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs):

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=10

Http://www.afrigueavenir.org/en/20 10/07/05/the-g8-countries-must-catch-up-on-their-commitments-towards-africa

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Developing 8 Countries (D-8) Business Forum meets

The D-8 group of "developing" countries with large Muslim populations is an important network of South-South solidarity and trade, and its Business Forum convened in July 2010 and announced a new series of trade missions. The D-8 is made up of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=10

Http://www.apanews.net/spip.php?arti cle128131

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Science and Technology Parks could make the Middle East a place of innovation, R&D, and foreign interest

The Strategic Foresight Group writes,

"Over the past few years Science and Technology parks have been sprouting up all over the Middle East: from Egypt and Lebanon in the West, to UAE and Qatar in the East.These parks are attempting to invigorate the spirit of innovation in the Middle East and consequently spark intellectual development.

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The Strategic Foresight Group, Middle-East Edition, July 2010, page 11-12: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_July2010.pdf#page=11

Al-Shobaky, Waleed. ‘The Rise of Middle East Technology Parks.’ The Conscience of a Bit (Blog). 30 October 2007. <http://en.shobakky.org/uae/>

Al Shamsi, Dr. Maitha. ‘Higher Education and Science & Technology Research in the Arab World.’ Gulf News. 11 January, 2004. <http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/highereducation-and-science-and-technology-research-in-the-arab-world-1.310644>

Shehadi, Ramez & Oknayan, Shant. ‘Technology in GCC? It’s a Walk in the Park.’ The National. 20 September 2009.
<http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090920/BUSINESS/709209970/1053/rss>

Atilla, Mustafa. ‘Science and Technology Parks in Turkey.’ Presentation on Innovation and Competitiveness Practitioners Workshop. April 2004.

Hoodbhoy, Pervez. ‘Science and the Islamic World – The quest for rapprochement.’ 2 August 2007 <http://www.chowk.com/articles/12422>

‘MENA Region by Industrial Sector’. United Nations Industrial Development Organization. <http://www.unido.org/index.php?id=o26781>

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Election Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

The global north has in the last decade clung to elections, free and fair elections, as the number one marker of democratic progress. Problems however arise when categorizing an election as fair, and what happens when the fairly elected leader leads by patronage (that is placing the interests of his or her tribe or clan above everyone else's)?

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