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The UAE is ahead of the US and Canada as the best place to live for Arab youth



The UAE is ahead of the US and Canada as the best place to live for Arab youth

The fifteenth annual ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey found that 24% of Arab youth considered the UAE the best place to live, followed by the United States and Canada at 19%, Qatar at 14% and the Kingdom, the United States at 13%.

A further 22% of young Arab men and women said they wanted their countries to follow the UAE, putting the UAE ahead of the US at 19%, Canada at 16% and Qatar at 15%, while Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom came next. They were 11 % ranks fifth, marking the first time since 2017 that the Kingdom has been tested as a country of choice by Arab youth. Countries to follow.

The survey revealed the reasons for examining the UAE as a preferred country to live in, including 41% of respondents enjoying a safe environment, growing economy by 28%, and its management through smart leadership. 24%, its difference due to clean environment 22% and ease of doing business for others 20%.

Another 17% believed that it offers a wide range of job opportunities, 13% that it offers a good salary, while 12% of the participants emphasized that it is easy to get a residence visa in the UAE. 19% of respondents praised the UAE as a unique place to raise a family, and 16% said it had a high-quality education system and rich cultural heritage.

The survey published this year by “ASDA’A BCW” titled “A new reality and a changing perspective” and its results will be announced at a press conference in the meantime, is considered to be very comprehensive. The largest survey of the region covering a population of over 200 million young men and women.

The survey was conducted between March 27 and April 12, 2023, and included more than 3,600 individual interviews conducted by experienced interviewers with Arab men and women between the ages of 18 and 24.

The largest pool of participants in the survey’s history was evenly distributed between genders across 53 cities in 18 Arab countries, including South Sudan, which joined the list for the first time. Interviews were conducted in person and electronically to ensure the accuracy of the research and to clarify as many nuances as possible in the opinions of Arab youth in the region.

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Sunil John, President of BCW in the Middle East and North Africa and Founder of ASDA’A BCW, said, “The UAE is a preferred destination for Arab youth for job opportunities and opportunities for a dignified life and the prevailing uncertainty. Other regions and the economic situation.” The current world in highlighting the advantages of the UAE and the vision of its brilliant leadership.

John said the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are witnessing a boom in their economies, investing in world-class infrastructure and helping them become major hubs of trade, finance, tourism, education and healthcare. By valuing the importance of providing employment opportunities and achieving prosperity, these countries set an example and provide the skills necessary to achieve a better and more fulfilling life.

The “ASDA’A BCW” album revealed key findings from the first of six topics covered in the survey, known as “My Global Citizenship,” which included exploring various geopolitical issues, including the United States. Intervention in the Arab world and its disengagement from the region. It will be published. ASDA’A BCW” in the coming weeks, the results of the survey related to the five other topics covered in the survey, including the topics of financial status, aspirations, identity, education and media.

Results on the “My Global Citizenship” print show that 86% of young Arabs consider Israel a “real enemy or somewhat of an enemy,” and 57% say the same about Iran.

Arab youth considered all countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt as true allies, with 92% of them choosing Qatar as a “true ally” or “somewhat ally”, 91% of them choosing Kuwait, 86% of them choosing Egypt, and 88% of them choosing the United Nations. chose the Arab Emirates, while 86% chose Saudi Arabia.

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33% of Arab youth polled say the US still has the greatest influence in the Arab world; It was followed by the United Arab Emirates at 11%, Saudi Arabia and Israel at 10%, and Russia at 8%, with only 3% finding Turkba to have the greatest influence, and 4% citing soaps.

In terms of alliances with non-Arab countries, 82% of Arab youth described the Turkba as a “real ally” or “somewhat ally” of their countries, followed by China at 80%, then the United Kingdom at 79%, Germany at 78% and France at 78% at 74%, the United States at 72%. It ranked seventh with votes, second only to India with 73%. Sixty-six percent of young Arabs say they consider the United States and the United Kingdom to be “real allies” for their country over the next five years, rather than Russia or China.

According to the results of the survey, more than 66% of young Arabs oppose US intervention in the affairs of the Middle East, as they say they “strongly” or “somewhat” support the US from the Middle East. region.
As for Russia, it now ranks ninth among allies, as it received 63% of the poll’s participants, behind Pakistan, which received 69%, following Russia’s position as one of the top three allies in last year’s poll.
Regarding the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, 28% of respondents said that diplomatic negotiations would lead to an appropriate solution, while 25% found that the conflict would continue “for a long time without a clear solution.”

The political future of the region

The Fifteenth Annual ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Poll published by “ASDA’A BCW”, a strategic communications and public relations consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa region, revealed the participation of about 60% of Arab youth. The survey believes that relations between Iran, Israel and the West will deteriorate and eventually lead to military conflict. A large percentage of them predicted that the Iranian government would become more authoritarian in the future, and 35% of respondents predicted that the country would see more civil unrest or even a coup.

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According to the results of the survey, 55% of Arab youth between the ages of 18 and 24 reject the possibility that the 75-year-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be resolved in the next five years, although 60% of young people prefer the possibility of the GCC countries reaching a positive solution.

Most Arab youth oppose normalizing relations with Israel, but majorities in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Morocco support strengthening diplomatic ties with it.

When Arab youth were asked whether they supported or would support their governments’ decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, 75% of Emirati youth supported their country’s decision to sign the Abraham Accords to normalize relations, and 73% supported it. % of Arab youth in Egypt and about 50% in Morocco and 35% of Arab youth in Bahrain support normalizing and improving relations with Israel.

Poll results show that 31% of young people from South Sudan vote in favor of strengthening ties with Israel, 13% in Tunisia, 13% in Kuwait, 19% in Syria and Yemen, and 47% from South Sudan. In Jordan, a majority of 6% oppose, while in both Palestine and Iraq, 100% of young people polled oppose establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, and 98% of Arab youth. Lebanon opposes treaties and diplomatic relations with Israel, as do 94% of Arab youth in Sudan, the fourth Arab country to have full diplomatic relations with Israel.

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Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to run as an independent in the US presidential election



Robert Kennedy Jr. decided to run as an independent in the US presidential election

US presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. will announce his candidacy as an independent instead of continuing his long-running bid to defeat President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee, complicating next year’s presidential election.

Kennedy, an anti-vaccination activist and member of a famous American political family, posted a video on YouTube on Friday asking Americans to join him in a “major announcement” in Philadelphia on October 9.

He said he would talk about a radical change in American policy.

Kennedy is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, and the son of former U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential bid.

In April, Kennedy said he would challenge Biden to run for the Democratic nomination against the expected Republican nominee, former President Donald Trump.

Since then, Kennedy has complained that the Democratic Party has “basically blended together” with the Biden campaign, which has cost him a fair chance in the nomination race.

Many polls have Biden ahead of Kennedy.

Kennedy’s plan to run as an independent was first reported on the political website Mediaite.

In response to an emailed question from Reuters about the report, the Kennedy campaign responded by sending out its own video.

Democrats worried that any effort by a third party could shift votes away from Biden.

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Only since the beginning of this year… has the UN been concerned about migrants trying to cross the “death trap”.



Only since the beginning of this year… has the UN been concerned about migrants trying to cross the “death trap”.

More than 2,500 migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe since the start of 2023, an official from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced on Thursday.

“As of September 24, more than 2,500 people are dead or missing,” said Rubin Menegtivela, director of the UNHCR office in New York, during a Security Council meeting dedicated to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. That represents a nearly 50 percent increase compared to “1,680” people during the same period in 2022.

“Without public opinion, lives are being lost on the ground,” he asserted.

He pointed out that “the journey to West or East Africa and the Horn of Africa and Libya and the starting points on the coast is one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.”

He added, “Refugees and migrants traveling overland from sub-Saharan Africa face the risk of death and serious human rights violations at every step.”

According to statistics announced by Ruffin Minisdiola, between the beginning of the year and September 24, 2023, a total of 186,000 migrants arrived in Southern Europe (Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta), including 130,000 for Italy, “an increase of 83 percent compared to the same period in 2022.

In terms of countries of departure, between the beginning of the year and August 2023, more than 102,000 migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia, and 45,000 from Libya.

Of this number, 31,000 were rescued at sea or intercepted and disembarked in Tunisia, and 10,600 are in Libya.

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Referring to the recent influx of large numbers of migrants to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the official stressed that “Italy cannot respond alone to the needs” of these migrants.

UN refugee agency to “establish a regional mechanism for the evacuation and redistribution” of migrants arriving by sea. Menaktivela reiterated the High Commissioner’s call, which raises disagreements among EU member states.

For his part, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia, who requested the meeting, denounced the EU for its role in the “death trap” in the Mediterranean.

The ambassador said: “We have the impression that the European Union is waging an undeclared war against migrants because they have no other, safe route.”

“The European Union only cares about the migration issue when it comes to Ukrainians,” Nebenzia added, expressing her regret that other migrants do not enjoy “the same level of solidarity”.

As for French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, referring to Russian contributions to UNHCR’s budget, he said, “Russia is not, as always, when it comes to responding decisively to humanitarian crises.”

He added, “Wagner’s presence in the Sahel region contributes to the instability of the region, which fuels terrorism and leads to the migration of residents.”

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US punishes former Sudanese foreign minister



US punishes former Sudanese foreign minister

On Thursday, the United States imposed sanctions on former Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti, one of which was based in Russia, and accused him of exacerbating instability in Sudan, where fighting has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of civilians. ..

The move is the latest round of sanctions imposed by Washington since fighting broke out in Sudan in mid-April between the military and Rapid Support Forces..

Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement that “the action will be held accountable for those who undermined efforts to find a peaceful and democratic solution in Sudan.”

He added: “We will continue to target those who work to perpetuate this conflict for personal gain.”

The Treasury Department said it targeted Karti, who was foreign minister under former President Omar al-Bashir, noting that Karti became head of the Sudanese Islamic Movement after al-Bashir was ousted in 2019..

Karti has been a prominent figure among the veterans and loyalists of Bashir’s regime since the Sudanese army seized power in 2021 and overthrew the civilian area..

The Treasury Department added: “(Karthi) and other Sudanese militants are actively obstructing efforts to reach a ceasefire to end the current war.”

Also sanctioned was Sudan-based GSK Advance, which the Treasury Department said was used as a procurement vehicle for Rapid Support Forces..

The company is said to be coordinating with Russia-based military supply company Avia Trade, which has been targeted by sanctions, to arrange for the purchase of spare parts and supplies for drones previously purchased by Rapid Support Forces. Training work..

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a separate statement that Washington moved this week to impose visa restrictions on people it considers part of efforts to undermine the democratic transition in Sudan..

The new sanctions come after actions taken against the deputy commander of the Rapid Support Forces this month and sanctions imposed by the US in June on companies accused of fueling the conflict..

The measure freezes the assets of targeted individuals in the U.S., generally prevents Americans from doing business with them, and also exposes those who engage in certain transactions with them to economic sanctions..

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