Flying Pods, Supersonic Trains to be Tested in Dubai

Flying Pods, Supersonic Trains to be Tested in Dubai

In 2016 Dubai’s government leaders announced an ambition plan: by 2030, one-fourth of all trips in Dubai would be driverless. At the time, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, told a media outlet that he wanted Dubai to become “the world’s biggest laboratory for technology, research, and development.” In the ensuing… Continue Reading

Geneva Conference Reaffirms International Support for Afghan Peace Plan

Geneva Conference Reaffirms International Support for Afghan Peace Plan

A recent two-day United Nations conference focused on strengthening support for a peace process in Afghanistan, a country working toward stability after decades of war. Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s president, attended the conference along with foreign ministers from around the world. In a video message delivered to the conference in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Secretary General Antonio… Continue Reading

High-Tech Agriculture Center Could Help Transform Middle East Farming

High-Tech Agriculture Center Could Help Transform Middle East Farming

The boom in energy use in the Middle East is causing regional leaders to rethink how they allocate natural resources. While the area’s large reserves of oil and natural gas have provided cheap fuel for decades, many now believe that fossil fuels are not the best way to serve the escalating demand for energy in… Continue Reading

Humanitarian Groups Help Afghans Affected by the Drought

Humanitarian Groups Help Afghans Affected by the Drought

The western region of Afghanistan is facing its worst drought in a decade, following several years of extremely low rain and snowfall. Some blame the lack of snow on the La Nina weather cycle in the Pacific Ocean, which resulted in rainfall totals that were 70 percent lower than usual. Wells have run dry, and… Continue Reading