Rym Tina Ghazal is a peace ambassador, thought/youth leader, documentarian, lecturer and author for young readers. In addition, she is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years of experience. In 2003, she became one of the first women of Arab heritage to cover war zones in the Middle East. She has written about the UAE and from throughout the Middle East, with exclusive interviews with royals, members of tribes, historic figures and politicians.
As a writer and researcher, Ghazal has a particular interest in history, culture and politics. She delights in discovering the stories behind old photos, maps and manuscripts. She has written in-depth features on “forgotten stories,” such as the Lebanon Famine of 1915-18. Her investigative journalism includes stories on mass graves, child brides and human trafficking.
Ghazal is a co-founder of The Hidden Beauty Project, a monthly gathering dedicated to empowering women and youth. She has published two books: “Maskoon,” for young readers, and the bilingual “Spot and the Little Boy.” Profits from the books go toward helping orphans.
Ghazal, who lists meeting the Dalai Lama as one of her life-changing experiences, is a mentor for youths from conflict zones, part of a US Institute of Peace project.
She has MA degrees in psychology and journalism, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Abu Dhabi YAS Excellence Award in 2016, and the Euro-Med Journalist Award of the Anna Lindh Foundation in 2014.
The Quest for Green Air Travel By Robin Mills - Mar 19, 2023
An airliner over Dubai’s coast, a single-engine helicopter, and a Japan-Abu Dhabi flight: sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has proven capable of powering air travel. But can supply rise and cost fall fast enough to make SAF a major part of the aviation industry’s journey to net-zero emissions? While aviation is responsible for about 2 percent of global … Continue reading “The Quest for Green Air Travel”
Food Insecurity Looms After Turkey’s Earthquakes By Alexandra de Cramer - Mar 17, 2023
Turkey’s economy was weak well before February’s devastating earthquakes, but damages to the country’s agricultural sector, one of its most important industries, could push Turkey over the edge. With the growing season fast approaching, farmers in the earthquake zone need immediate assistance to stave off nationwide food shortages. Food-related consequences of the disaster have already surfaced. Within a week … Continue reading “Food Insecurity Looms After Turkey’s Earthquakes”
Russia Returns to the Graveyard of Empires By Nikola Mikovic - Mar 17, 2023
Even as Russia struggles to achieve military and political success in Ukraine, its leaders have turned their attention to another regional objective: restarting business in the “graveyard of empires.” Six months ago, Moscow inked a deal with the Taliban to supply gasoline, oil, and wheat to Afghanistan. Some of those commodities are now arriving by road and rail from Central Asia, providing Afghans … Continue reading “Russia Returns to the Graveyard of Empires”
China Brings Saudi Arabia and Iran Together – Pushes America Out By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 17, 2023
In diplomatic terms, the optics were shocking. Here were representatives from Saudi Arabia and Iran smiling and holding hands in a foreign capital as they announced the restoration of diplomatic relations after a seven-year break. But the foreign minister in the middle, proudly bringing them together, was not a European or American politician, but China’s Wang Yi. No words were needed. The … Continue reading “China Brings Saudi Arabia and Iran Together – Pushes America Out”
With Russia in Their Sights, Chechens Depart Syria for Ukraine By Haid Haid - Mar 13, 2023
When Syrian mercenaries first began appearing a few years ago in other conflicts, such as in Libya and Azerbaijan, analysts wondered whether the fighters might eventually make their way to Ukraine. By contrast, few have paid attention to what role foreign fighters in Syria, particularly jihadists, might eventually play in Europe. That tunnel vision helps explain … Continue reading “With Russia in Their Sights, Chechens Depart Syria for Ukraine”