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 start of the Arab Uprisings, … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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 who is always hopping across … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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. Experiencing a Moroccan city on foot is probably the best thing to do when you’re really looking to explore. If you want … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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 launched in late 2013 in … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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 staying by Taksim Square, a … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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 money. If you walk 20 … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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 is warm, hospitable and friendly. … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

No Tunisia, Barbed Wire is Not Good for Business

Sep 22, 2014

Tunisia has changed in the everyday person’s mind but, to build a functioning democracy, the next government has work to do. In most Arab countries, photos of the dictator will appear just about everywhere. On billboards, street corners and in random shops — you name it. Yes, the vain dictator just loves seeing his face … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

Reform in Tunisia: Overhauling the Education System

Sep 09, 2014

Reforming an education system will not occur overnight, but change is desperately needed in Tunisia. As a researcher, what’s the first thing you do when you land in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Uprisings? You talk about politics, of course. My Tunisian taxi driver tells me not much has changed since the fall of … Continue reading "Discover Casablanca and Its Street Art"

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