Abul-Hasanat Siddique

Co-Founder, COO & Managing Editor
Abul-Hasanat Siddique is the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Editor of Fair Observer. A British author, journalist and media trainer, he wrote The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction (2012) with Casper Wuite. He is currently working on his forthcoming book, The Youth of the Middle East (TBA), examining the key challenges facing the MENA region through the lens of the youth. The book focuses on dynamic changemakers transforming the region through entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and civil society. It is this human capital that is bringing development and achieving progress on the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. A former News Editor, Siddique previously worked at a Washington DC-based political consultancy firm as a North Africa Analyst. He is the former Middle East Editor at Fair Observer.

Beyond Business Plans: Women Entrepreneurs in MENA

Sep 30, 2016

Greater support for female entrepreneurship will help the MENA region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region that is more often in the news for bombs and bullets than booming businesses, is experiencing a startup revolution. Nearly six years since the...

What Can the Power of Travel Do?

Dec 19, 2015

A US-based startup seeks to connect like-minded hosts and travelers, and it promises to take the world by storm. “What can the power of travel do?” asks Yasmine El Baggari, a young Moroccan entrepreneur, at an event in Rabat hosted by US-based startup Voyaj and the World Bank. As someone...

Discovering Casablanca Through its Street Art

Apr 05, 2015

Casablanca is a legendary city. But Abul-Hasanat Siddique has discovered something that’s not usually part of the legend: explosive street art. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] Experiencing a Moroccan city on foot is probably the best thing to do when you’re really looking...

In the Midst of a Revolution, The X Factor Meets The Apprentice

Feb 11, 2015

How do you tackle social and environmental problems and make money at the same time? Tired of reality TV shows focusing on Kim Kardashian or some other pointless celebrity? Ever think reality TV could be a little deeper? Thankfully, you’re not alone. A groundbreaking, new “edutainment,” reality TV show that...

Who Orchestrated the Terrorist Attacks in France?

Jan 13, 2015

France has witnessed its deadliest attack in decades, but who orchestrated it? Background On January 7, the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine infamous for its controversial depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, was attacked by armed terrorists. After killing 12 people, including two police officers, the assailants...

Are We Forgetting About These Syrians?

Nov 30, 2014

Instead of being able to attend school in their homeland of Syria, children are forced to run around the streets of Istanbul, day and night. I am currently in Turkey, my first time in the country, and I am ashamed to say that I don’t understand any Turkish. I am...

Harsh Times for Rural Migrants in Morocco

Nov 19, 2014

With high illiteracy rates in Morocco, rural migrants traveling to the big city are at risk of not finding a suitable job and ending up homeless. I live in an affluent, middle-class area of Casablanca with a number of fancy 4x4s and sports cars. People who live here clearly have...

Eid in Morocco: Pop-Up Stalls and Economic Inequality

Oct 04, 2014

While 1.7 million Moroccans moved out of poverty over the past decade, there still remains a visible economic divide. As Muslims around the world mark Eid al-Adha, Morocco is building itself up for the big feast. This is my first time in a Muslim-majority country on Eid and the vibe...

Iman Bibars: Youth Employment in North Africa (Part 2/2)

Oct 02, 2014

With the second youngest population in the world, what confronts youth in North Africa’s job market? [Read part one here.] The dire economic situation in North Africa moved into the spotlight when Mohammed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian fruit vendor, set himself alight on December 17, 2010, sparking revolts that shook dictators from...

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