The GCC migrant domestic workers

Out of all the MENA countries, the GCC migrant domestic workers, mainly in the UAE and Qatar where together with their outdoor counterpart such as drivers and / or other domestic helpers form almost the majority of all expatriate workers. Elsewhere in the GCC, the situation though practically similar, would be less acute in terms […]

Fossil Fuel subsidies need to go ASAP

Fuel subsidies have always been endemic to the MENA region’s energy importers as well as producers for socio and political reasons.  Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex and Jessica Jewell, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) went over the pros and cons of the issue worldwide and reached the conclusion that ultimately, subsidy reform is […]

Slavery in today’s MENA and in the World

THE GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX 2016 published this information page “as violent conflict escalates and political, economic, social and security spill overs destabilise many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the profile of victims vulnerable to modern slavery has shifted. Though MENA continues to act as a destination for men and women from […]

Positive Steps towards more Freedom of Women’s Movements

Rebecca Wright, of Sheffield Hallam University wrote this article on how since women in Great Britain and else where in the western world got the right to vote, things have developed worldwide. 6 world spots were zoomed in with amongst the countries of the MENA, Saudi Arabia that as reported has lately been witnessed to […]

People’s wealth is being “stolen and squandered” by the Few

This article of The Conversation of today, obviously kick-started by some Tweet of D. Trump on Iran’s recent street demonstrations could easily be addressing an issue that is constantly reiterated by the elites of most countries of the MENA, or at least the republics section of its region. In Iran and in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, […]

Measuring Governance dilemmas in the World

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT is “a blog that was first launched in September 2013 by the World Bank in an effort to hold governments more accountable to poor people and offer solutions to the most prominent development challenges. Continuing this goal, Future Development was re-launched in January 2015 at brookings.edu.” This proposed article of the Brookings on measuring governance dilemmas in the world dated September 22, 2017 is about how governance is, as it were, practised in 2017. As far as the MENA region is concerned, and after reviewing the proposed classification of its counties, it is Tunisia that outranked them in Voice and Accountability whereas in Political Stability and Absence of Violence, it is Qatar, Kuwait, the Emirates closely followed by Tunisia. About Government Effectiveness, it is almost all monarchies of the Gulf with however Tunisia still there at nearly 80%. For all matters concerning each country’s Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, it is yet again the monarchies outperforming the republics by a good margin and ditto with respect to Control of Corruption with the trio of Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria, in that descending order, carved themselves not an enviable ranking.