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One year on, Indians still feel the pain of cash ban

The opposition has dubbed the government decision to ban high denomination notes as a “monumental disaster” [Danish Siddiqui/Reuters] On Wednesday morning, Indians woke up to a celebratory advertisement by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Advertisements in leading national newspapers and highway billboards claimed “Demonetisation: A historic and multi-dimensional success.” The opposition, however, dubbed the government decision to ban high denomination notes a year ago on this day as a “monumental disaster” and a “tragedy”. Modi’s shock decision was packaged as a game changer, a masterstroke, something which no country with an economy of this size had ever...

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Qatar accuses blockading countries of fragmenting GCC

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani and Ibrahim al-Jaafari speak at a joint press conference in Doha, Qatar [Al Jazeera] Qatar has accused the blockading countries of being responsible for the dissolution of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The comments were made by Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani in a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Doha on Wednesday. “The developments in the region that resulted in the actions undertaken by the blockading countries against Qatar has backfired and caused a crisis in international diplomacy for them,” Al Thani said. {articleGUID} The Qatari...

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Houston after Hurricane Harvey

The US’ hurricane season was one of the most active in history, destroying lives and leaving victims homeless. In August 2017, one trillion gallons of water fell on the Houston area over a four-day period – by far the most rainfall in US history. Hurricane Harvey hit everyone in Houston, Texas, which is one of the most diverse but segregated cities in the US. But now that the water has receded, will there be an equal recovery? A month after Harvey hit – after the media moved on to new stories – Fault Lines travelled to Houston to see if...

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Have Saudi and the UAE’s aims in Yemen war shifted?

The UAE and Saudi Arabia entered Yemen’s war in 2015 as part of a military coalition to restore legitimacy to Hadi’s government [File: Reuters] Questions over the Saudi-led coalition’s aims in Yemen are mounting in the wake of reports the kingdom placed the Yemeni president under house arrest. On Tuesday, the Associated Press news agency reported that Riyadh has barred the Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his sons, ministers and military officials from returning home for months. Yemeni officials told AP that the ban was due to enmity between Hadi and the United Arab Emirates, and that Saudi officials rejected to Hadi’s...

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Sperm Smugglers

Filmmaker: Muhammad Mustafa al-Sawaf “I wish he could be with us now to raise his child and to care for him,” says May, the wife of Fahmi Abu Salah, a Palestinian prisoner who is serving a 22-year sentence in an Israeli prison. “It would be the greatest happiness.” May and Fahmi’s child, Asaad, was conceived through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) after Fahmi’s sperm was smuggled to a clinic in the Gaza Strip. He is one of 32 babies born to the wives of Palestinian prisoners over a three-year span. Raising babies conceived from sperm smuggled from Israeli prisons is both...

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