September 2012 – Since the ‘Mubarak mafia’ were not outlaws but were the law, proving that Egypt’s lost billions were ill-gotten is an elusively difficult challenge.
August 2012 – In an era of economic austerity, we must revive the idea of a permanent venue for the Olympics, which would also help to de-politicise the games.
July 2012 – It was the last word in music, and turned words into music. The WORD, which defied the decline in print media with wit, edge and artistry, is no more.
June 2012 – As social media strip away the space and time separating like-minded people, is the notion of “nationalism” becoming too small for us?
June 2012 – Was Robert Mugabe’s appointment as UN ‘tourism ambassador’ an unforgivable travesty or can ‘guilt-edged tourism’ trigger reform in dictatorships?
June 2012 – Like an ocean predator, if Facebook is not moving forward, it is dying. So is this big fish drowning or can it continue to swim with the tide?
March 2012 – Although many Europeans associate it with political turmoil, the Basque Country is the only Spanish region where the economic outlooks is mild.
February 2012 – The Greeks are putting a new spin on the legend of Troy by snubbing the fattest gift horse they’re likely to get from the weary euro club.
September 2011 – All is not well in the old world of organisational paternity, job security and economic rationality. But the silver lining is that we have millions of virtual ‘friends’ to feel our pain.
August 2011 – The Arab uprisings are not just about democracy and dignity. But with domestic and global economic crises, how likely are they to deliver on bread and butter issues?
October 2010 – Economic growth in Egypt has mainly benefited the well-off, with many of the poor falling off the tightrope of the poverty line.
October 2010 – Yes, it’s a famous Cole Porter song but an even better ambition for a fading socialist of the 1980s kind.
September 2010 – The buyers of Harrods are reportedly planning to take over Egypt’s oldest department store, Omar Effendi, whose story mirrors Egypt’s modern history.
August 2010 – Most journalists dread crunching data. But finding narratives among the numbers is part of journalism’s mandate. Luckily, there are tools to help.
July 2010 – Egypt’s pavillion at the Shanghai Expo 2010 misses the mark of modernity and dwells excessively on the country’s ancient past.
May 2010 – Jerry Michalski, the founder of the ‘Relationship economy expedition’ (REX), shares his insights on the future of the internet.
May 2010 – Fancy a beer company with your pint? For a few painful minutes, the value of many major US companies hit zero. And computers may share the blame.
May 2010 – The chair of a leading multinational claims that Europeans do not work hard enough and do not value work enough. I beg to differ.
May 2010 – Belgian MPs raised eyebrows with their recent banning of facial coverings. Now, with a twist, factions have set their sights on smokers and work.
April 2010 – The Egyptian government looks to overhaul its bread subsidy system, but experts warn of a possible popular backlash.
March 2010 – In South Dakota, everyone knows that the climate is just right – and that global warming is just the hot air of science.
February 2010 – Belgian media hysteria over crime and calls for zero-tolerance policing miss the real issue – social exclusion in the inner city.
February 2010 – Big corporations are using the banking crisis as an excuse for exploiting cheap labour. Is it time for a global minimum wage?
January 2010 – Lean, green commuting machines will be the new black for Belgian fleet car managers this year.
January 2010 – Natural wealth is so undervalued that countries believe they are getting richer when they are poorer. Can economists see green beyond the greenback?
October 2009 – For many Egyptians, tip-based and street jobs are their only means of survival.
October 2009 – How the Mr Bigs and their biglettes unwittingly brought down the world’s economies – and the hotly contested prize for ‘America’s worst investor’.
July 2009 – Could the disgruntled ‘baby doom’ generation turn on Europe’s baby boomers?
June 2009 - Despite the current crisis in the property market, the belief that buying a house is a long-term winner persists. But does the house always win? More
February 2009 – The turmoil submerging Latvia is an example of ‘drizzle-down’ economics in action and has implications for the rest of Europe.
January 2009 – The economic rewards of peace are supposed to lure Israelis and Palestinians away from conflict. But what if war is its own reward?
January 2009 – Governments need to rethink their economy policies to make them more equitable and responsive to citizens’ needs.
December 2008 – Immigrants in Europe are more likely to be over-qualified for the jobs or unemployed than the native population.