Insights on the Middle East from Singapore
MEI Kaleidoscope | The Wind-catcher, a Traditional Air-Conditioning Method in Iran and the Gulf   
Posted on 17 October 2017

By Charlotte Schriwer

17 October 2017



The hot and arid climate of the Gulf has been a challenge for those living there for thousands of years. It is no surprise, then, that buildings in particular had to be engineered to accommodate the geological and climatic factors of the region. One of these engineering phenomena is the barjeel, in Arabic, or bargid, in Persian: the wind-catcher, not only a symbol of Gulf identity and heritage, but also a feat of ingenious mechanical engineering.< [---]

MEI Event Snapshots: The Fall and Rise of Legal Education in Asia   
Posted on 13 October 2017


Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, gave a talk on 12th October 2017 about how legal education as a field has emerged in Asian countries since decolonization.

1) The colonial powers sought to suppress local efforts at establishing legal education as a field of discipline to pre-empt any challenges to colonial rule.

2) Former colonies did eventually set up their own law schools, though this was only after independence.

3) Many of these new law schools mimicked the legal [---]

News Roundup: 7th October - 13th October 2017   
Posted on 13 October 2017


Egypt Qualifies for World Cup after 28 years

Cairo erupted with fireworks and celebration after winger Mohamed Salah scored the second goal and secured a 2-1 victory over Congo. The win clinches Egypt a spot in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

The victory and mass public celebrations were a welcome respite for Egyptians, who have suffered from years of economic hardship and political clampdowns.


Hamas and Fatah Reach Watershed [---]

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