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    Mina Liccione
    Why Comedian Mina Liccione Chose Dubai for her Special

    Glocal and multi-talented, Mina Liccione, talks to B-Change leading up to her debut comedy special recording on May 13 at Warehouse Four in Al Quoz, Dubai. Dubai is gearing up to flex its comedic muscles with a “her-storical” night as locally based artist Mina Liccione films her debut stand-up comed…

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    Tummyfish: An App to Make Kids Drink Water

    Four to six year-olds in the Middle East now have access to a “virtual pet” encouraging them to drink more water, with the launch of the Tummyfish book and App – home to a fish appearing to swim in a child’s belly which gets happier and vigorous with more water consumption, and sad and slow …

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    Al Zahia: Sharjah’s First Gated Community

    According to Sharjah’s Department of Statistics and Community Development, in 2013 the population of Sharjah City alone was 93,438. It’s safe to say that in the three years since, that number has grown by a lot. Which prompts the question: Having lived in Sharjah for over a decade, IR…

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    Can an Odd-Even Movement Work for Dubai Traffic?

    With 1.4 registered vehicles in the city of Dubai, traffic congestion has gotten worse every year, despite efforts by authorities to encourage the use of public transport. If you’re a Sharjah-resident, you’re familiar with these woes. Anything to do with traffic hits close to home and sp…

    Reserve Bank Of India
    Should RBI Be Controlled at the Cost of Sovereignty?

    Government’s attempts to curb the Reserve bank of India’s independence of expression and action will have an adverse impact on India’s global credibility and growth story. To garble a memorable Dickensian sentence, now is the worst of times for the common person and his chief patron, the only perfor…

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    Your Chance To Be Involved: Expo 2020 Youth Connect

    Expo 2020 Dubai unveils YouthConnect, the first in a long-lasting and wide ranging series highly interactive forums designed by youth for youth. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, November 14th 2015. This first interactive, full-day forum, part of a far wider programme to talk to the y…

    A Look At Value-added Tax In The UAE
    A Look At Value-Added Tax In The UAE

    Rida shares her opinion on the proposed value-added tax in the UAE, which has been approved by the cabinet. The concept of paying tax on things we purchase is something of an alien concept to those of us who have been brought up in the UAE. Yet, amidst a changing economic and political climate appea…

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    Dubai Police to Reduce Traffic Violations with Google Glass

    Joining the Dubai Police Force’s Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin and Chevrolet Impala [among others], are Google Glass. Gulf News reports that Dubai Police plan for every traffic officer to have a pair of Google Glass to help reduce traffic violations. They will  be able to send live feed from …

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    Recap: What’s the Deal with Russia & Ukraine?

    Tensions between the West and Russia are at its highest point since the Cold War era. Sanctions have been imposed on Russia by Western nations. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia is at odds with his Western counterparts, most notably Barack Obama, President of the USA. Malaysian Airlines flight…

    Sit In Protest Continues In Hong Kong Despite Chief Executive's Calls To Withdraw
    Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong: Peaceful and.. Weird?

    Referred to as the ‘Umbrella Movement’, the protests in Hong Kong began on 22nd September, 2014. They came in response to the proposed electoral reform by NPCSC, which limited civil nominations for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive. The new electoral system dictates that a 1200-member no…

    A candlelight vigil to mark the third anniversary of the Syrian Civil War. Campidoglio, Rome
source: Tiziana Fabi/Getty Images
    Syria: A Tale of Numbers, Not People

    History is riddled with events of revolution. Since the Arab Spring, the past few years have been filled with people rebelling against governments that assumed power and then refused to relinquish it. Syria is one of those countries. In early 2011, around the time the Arab Spring was gaining ground …

    Excess Deforestation to blame for Landslide in Malin, Pune?
    Government Neglect to Blame for Landslide in Malin?

    A child jumps over puddles of muddy water; another two are animatedly competing in the house yard to see who can collect the most rain in their bucket. Their parents sit on a ledge, contently and cautiously watching the kids frolic in the rain. Nature has its way of enticing us with its beauty, no …

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    Gaza: A Timeline of Turmoil

    Tears trickle down the faces of children as they look down upon their parents, hoping, wishing, praying that they would ‘wake up’. Parents embrace the lifeless bodies of their children, hoping, wishing, praying that they would get up to play just one more time. Chaos, despair, and anguish only begin…