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The global economy has been through one of the most turbulent times in recent history with a financial meltdown in key advanced economies, followed by a sharp decline in global trade, extremely lax monetary policies and stalling productivity growth. Globalization and technology have disrupted entire industries, and this trend is set to accelerate with the pace of technological advancement.

The Arab world has not been immune to these trends.

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Over half of the world’s least developed and lowest income countries are currently exploring for oil and gas or hoping to expand existing production. Yet tightening climate policies and shifting energy investment trends suggest that the time frame for profitable oil and gas production will be limited. This fundamentally changes the prospects for developing countries that hope to use fossil fuels as a ‘leading sector’ for growth over the next decade.

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With the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia in full-swing, billions of people around the world are cheering on their national teams. At the same time, European leaders met to respond to mounting pressure to come up with a solution to Europe’s migration crisis. One irony that may have escaped those politicians, and football fans too, is that many of the players pulling on the jersey of their national team were born outside the country they play for with such passion.

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In the future, young farmers are likely to don digital glasses or consult other devices that will help them analyze their work and make decisions. Their data might be collected by self-piloted multicopters, which review the state of the field according to empirical formulas and provide specific, effective cultivation tips for individual plants, for both organic and conventional farming.

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Africa is often depicted in the media as a continent of mass exodus. Images of desperate Africans on overcrowded boats bound for Europe, or those of stranded migrants in transit countries such as Libya, are plastered across our television and computer screens. The often sensational and one-dimensional reporting on African international migrants has played a role in invoking fears of the so-called ‘flood’ of migrants to Europe’s shores.

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To read the science and technology news today is to see a world of rapid progress and infinite potential. And from one perspective it is. But a fundamental limitation of the ability of technology to make the world a better place remains till this day. All of these advances in one way or another rely on the internet - a tool which remains foreign to over half of the world’s population.

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