The UAE Generously Pledges $100m to Women Entrepreneurs Fund

Women entrepreneurs’ access to investment funding may get easier thanks in large part to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE has pledged, along with Saudi Arabia, to donate 100 million dollars to a fund devoted to helping women start and run businesses. The donation will be part of a projected one-billion-dollar fund operated by the World Bank that will be formally announced in July. Named the Women Entrepreneurs Fund, it will assist women in the Middle East access markets, obtain financing, and engage in networking crucial to building a successful business.

The creation of the Women Entrepreneurs Fund represents international recognition of the importance of women in leadership positions in business. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba (, the UAE ambassador to the United States, issued a statement calling the donation a reflection of the positive, widespread influence of women in UAE society.

The Fund was suggested by Ivanka Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The UAE donation was announced in Saudi Arabia during President Donald Trump’s first presidential foreign trip. During the trip, Ivanka Trump visited with Saudi women to discuss the unique challenges women face in finding economic opportunities. They also talked about ways to overcome those challenges. Even though the fund was her idea, Ivanka Trump will not be involved with the fund’s operation or participate in any fundraising. Instead, complete responsibility for the fund remains with the World Bank.

World Bank president Jim Young Kim touted the fund as an outstanding idea. He credits Ivanka Trump’s leadership in bringing attention to the needs of women entrepreneurs as an important component of the fund’s establishment. He also expressed surprise at how fast the fund has already grown in recognition. The UAE donation provides a crucial boost to the fund that Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba calls further proof of the UAE’s dedication to ensuring that women have the power to make their own economic choices benefiting themselves and society.

Mitigating Drug Shortages

While there are several reasons for drug shortages in the United States, two of the most significant reasons identified for drug shortages are manufacturing issues including issues with quality control, and problems with new drug suppliers gaining online access. To facilitate access to drugs and to combat the drug shortage problem, for over 100 years, Group Purchasing Organizations or GPOs have been working with hospitals, drug manufacturers and government agencies to ensure an adequate supply of drugs is available for consumers.

One way GPOs work to combat the drug shortage problem is by negotiating drug prices from manufacturers directly with hospitals and other healthcare providers. GPOs are able to negotiate prices with drug manufacturers by buying drugs in bulk, lowering the cost for health care providers. These lower costs are then passed down to the consumer. While healthcare providers do enter into contracts, GPOs also help healthcare services renegotiate contracts as needed, continuing to ensure healthcare providers and in turn consumers, receive an adequate supply of and the best possible price on drugs.

To ensure GPOs are following ethical standards, they are constantly reviewed and have been approved by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, not to mention many medical researchers and nearly all of the hospitals within the United States.

Despite the success of and approval of GPOS, the organization Physicians Against Drug Shortages are against the use of GPOs. Members of the Physicians Against Drug Shortages do not have expertise in the area of supply and demand, but nonetheless continue to campaign against GPOs. The leader of their organization, Phillip Zweig, has led a radical smear campaign against GPOs by intimidating researchers who find benefits to the use of GPOs. Mr. Zweig has even gone as far as contacting universities demanding researchers be reprimanded by their university. Other extreme measures Mr. Zweig has taken against GPOs is to blame them for the AIDS epidemic as well as lead a conspiracy theory of the murder of two U.S. attorneys and corruption of two U.S. Senators.

In the end, despite Mr. Zweig’s outlandish claims, there have been no studies or evidence linking GPOs to drug shortages in the U.S.

Hamburg Named President of AAAS

Dr. Margaret Hamburg has been named the president of AAAS as a part of their initiative to ensure they offer the finest services possible. Having someone of such esteem at the head of their organization makes them much stronger, and this article explains how Margaret will make the group better with her knowledge. Adding people who are experts in their field is helpful, and it provides a way for the organization to move forward with new projects that they believe are important.

#1: Coming Over from The Parker Institute

Margaret comes to the AAAS from the Parker Institute where she has served as the foreign secretary. She has been invaluable in the release of medical information to countries around the world, and she has ensured many times over that she is helping those who cannot help themselves. She is very good at what she does, and she may go to the AAAS with a list of items she wishes to address. Her work is done to ensure that hospitals around the world are using the finest technology, and she may offer more service to more facilities through her new role.

#2: She Will Help Add Experience

Margaret has quite a lot of experience that she brings to the AAAS, and she wishes to help them improve their profile because she is so well-respected. She has done a wonderful job in ensuring that she has a wide range of experiences to draw on, and she will reach out to international doctors and medical professionals who are in need of a certain type of training or service. She will show them how easy it is to improve their patient care, and she will help them understand what must be learned as they expand their services.

#3: Expanding Education and Service

Expanding education for the doctors of the world is important as they must be reached by those who are experts in procedures and care. The AAAS will help by showing other doctors how they may learn, and they will send out more materials to show their clients what must be learned to improve. Margaret is a part of the educational system, and she will direct the group in outreach around the world.

Doctors who rely on the AAAS for education and services will find what they need when they visit their website. Margaret Hamburg will give the group quite a lot of experience, an improved profile and fine leadership.

Yousef Al Otaiba Makes an Impact as UAE Ambassador to the US

Preparation for a Life of Diplomacy
Yousef Al Otaiba ( was born on January 19, 1974. As the son of former OPEC president and United Arab Emirates (UAE) oil minister Mana Al Otaiba, he got a glimpse of the world of negotiation and cooperation on an international scale. As a young man, Al Otaiba attended the Cairo American College, which gave him opportunities to develop himself in an international environment. Yousef Al Otaiba continued on this international track by completing a degree at Georgetown University and accepting a fellowship at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

These experiences would position him well for his future career, particularly in terms of his understanding of the culture, politics, and institutions of the United States. Before taking a post abroad, though, Yousef Al Otaiba headed back to the UAE to serve under Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince. During his tenure, he gained experience working with American military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials. He also persuaded other actors in the region to lend their support to the “surge” in Iraq.

Ambassadorship and Philanthropy
After a stint as the UAE’s non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Yousef Al Otaiba accepted an appointment as ambassador to the United States in 2008. Many observers have called Yousef Al Otaiba a welcomed moderate Muslim voice. He has clearly stated his opposition to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS; he has also taken a cautious approach to Iran.

Beyond his obvious duty to promote economic and political cooperation between the United States and the UAE, the ambassador has sought to cultivate a positive image of his country through various philanthropic activities. Among these activities, he has held fundraisers for institutions and organizations providing medical care to children. This includes a $150 million donation to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. The ambassador knows how to plan an event and whom to invite, a skill which he has used to raise funds for other medical centers, too. In the aftermath of natural disasters in the United States, such as Hurricane Sandy and the tornadoes that wreaked havoc in Joplin, Missouri, Yousef Al Otaiba organized emergency relief efforts for the affected areas.

Service across Administrations
In 2010, the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce recognized Yousef Al Otaiba as the Ambassador of the Year. Having straddled three different administrations during his time as ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba continues to use his networking and diplomatic skills to improve financial, military, and cultural ties between the UAE, the US, and other regional powers in the Middle East. He lives with his wife, Abeer Al Otaiba, in McLean, Virginia.

Philanthropies that work with Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace is an organization that was founded in 1970 that strives to bring religious communities together for the purpose of peace. This organization is run by its vision of creating a world where religious communities cooperate together for peace by combining through common actions. They are committed to leading efforts on the international stage that foster peace through local, national, and international levels. Religions for Peace work with many different organizations from all over the world to achieve this mission. A few of the organizations include:

World Justice Forum

This independent organization has the purpose of working towards advancing the rule of law all over the world. Through their many efforts, they are fighting corruption, poverty, disease, and general injustices. They believe that by eliminating these injustices, communities can experience equity, peace, and opportunity. The World Justice Forum engages leaders and citizens from around the world in many different disciplines to change and advance these rules of law. Their goal is to increase awareness about injustices, help with policy reforms, and create programs that can be used on community levels.

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRUSA has been around for 32 and has a presence in more than 40 countries. They strive to make the world a better place for the more than 3 billion people that are living in poverty. This organization is guided by the Islamic faith, which gives them a passion for having a duty to those less fortunate, regardless of political affiliation, gender, race, or beliefs. Their goal is to empower and join together communities to lessen the suffering of people of all religions.

Church World Service

For more than 70 years, the Church World Service has worked to build a world that creates enough for everyone. They believe that each individual and community has the right to take ownership of their own futures. Regardless of religious beliefs, every person has the right to create their own lives. This organization stays on the ground, helping communities create solutions that they can maintain on their own. They help refugees find and start new lives, communities start over after disaster, and regions create new agricultural and educational services.

CARE, International Inc.

This organization promotes empowerment, addresses discrimination, promotes non-violent resolutions, seeks sustainable results, and works in partnership with others to promote the protection of humanitarianism. They provide individuals and communities with assistance based on their needs, regardless of nationality, race, or religious backgrounds. Their vision is to continuously seek tolerance, social justice, and hope for every person.

New Republican health care blueprint falls far short

Congressional Republicans have been working on a health care reform plan – behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny – for more than seven years. Periodically, GOP leaders assure everyone that their alternative to “Obamacare” is nearly complete, and its unveiling is imminent, only to quietly change the subject soon after.

As lawmakers left Congress late last week for a week-long break, the Republican placement for the ACA still doesn’t exist, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) didn’t want to send his members home empty-handed – especially knowing that they’d face concerned constituents, fearing what GOP lawmakers might do to their families’ health security – so Republicans left DC armed with an outline of some vague ideas about where the majority party is headed.

That’s the good news. We’re a long way from having a real, detailed GOP plan to consider, but we can at least take a closer look at what Ryan & Co. have come up with thus far, which is better than literally nothing.

The bad news is, you’re really not going to like the Republican outline. A New York Times editorial yesterday summarized the key provisions nicely…
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Islamic Organizations that You Can Donate to

With so many trying times going on all over the world right now charity organizations are more important than ever. Below are just three great organizations that individuals can donate their time and money to.

1. IRUSA: IRUSA is an amazing organization that has been helping to change the world for more than 25 years. They currently serve over 40 countries and donate to millions of people and causes every year. Each individual of IRUSA works to make the world a better place by responding to emergencies, offering their humanitarian work and donating their time, money, and effort to different organizations and individuals in need all over the world. In recent years IRUSA has donated time, money and tons of products and goods to the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis as well as the hunger crisis in Yemen and the hunger, medical, and refugee crisis currently happening in Syria. Everyday IRUSA strives to make the world a better place one cause at a time.

2. Cair: Cair is a great organization that works to defend the civil rights of Muslims. It was originally established in 1994 and has worked to offer civil rights to individuals all over the world. Cair staff and organization members work tirelessly to resolve discrimination issues. They use a variety of different methods including meditation, negotiation and even legal action. Their mission is to ensure that every American regardless of faith has the same civil rights. Since first being established Cair has helped more than 25,000 individuals. Cair often offers their services for free and works entirely on donations. It is one of the best causes to donate to to help fight discrimination.

3. United Muslim Relief: the Muslim United Relief Fund is an organization based in the United States that works to guarantee that everyone has a right to live in a world free of poverty. Each dollar and member of the United Muslim Relief Fund works to provide medical treatment as well as other basic Social Services to those in need. Their mission is to ensure that all people regardless of their faith have access to clean drinking water as well as good health care. To date they have helped over 700,000 people receive medical treatment. They offer a full line of educational programs as well as campaigns to help deliver their message. They are one of the best organizations to donate your time and money to.

Although there are many great charity organizations these are just three of the top ones that rely heavily on donations. All of their time, money, and effort is used to give back to those in need.

Hope for Henry Event Attracts DC’s Political Figures

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill.

The Hope for Henry Foundation is one of those charities that can make a huge difference around the country. The organization has been growing in popularity since 2003, helping to improve the quality of life for more than 16,000 children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Re-Designing the Pediatric Patient Experience
The Hope for Henry Foundation creates amazing programs that entertain, take away stress and empower children to become active participants in their own hospital care.

The foundation focuses on a child’s smiles and laughter, entertaining young patients with gifts, parties and pure fun and simply allowing kids to be kids. Distracting a child from his or her medical treatments, pain and boredom of their hospital stay, are just a few reasons the foundation lives on.

No Wingtips or Stilettos Required
The foundation held a super successful charity event in a Georgetown, D.C. bowling alley. Missing was the stiff, black-tie formality and equally fussy clothing. Instead, the Hope for Henry Foundation stuck to its fun for all roots at the cozy Pinstripes Bowling Alley for the 2015 charity event.

The bowling competition was a blast, with famous faces like CNN’s longtime anchor Wolf Blitzer, Georgetown cupcake owners and sisters Sophie Kallinis Berman and Katherine Kallinis Berman, comedian Donnell Rawlings, former Department of Health and Human Services Head Kathleen Sebelius and Yousef Al Otaiba (, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America.

More Than Pins and Keeping Score
Adding extra pizzazz to the event, featured a silent auction with items liked a signed guitar from the popular Australian singing sensation Cody Simpson, as well as an exquisite four-restaurant tasting by local celebrity chef Jose Andres.

Guests also enjoyed a cocktail hour with great appetizers, music and even a surprise visit from comic book fame’s Spiderman.

The charity event is so unique in concept, it has attracted coverage from the esteemed Washington Post, local television broadcast affiliates and others.

The Hope for Henry Foundation is non-profit organization located in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. The foundation has been the winner of numerous awards, being cited most recently by People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us” in 2016.

To learn more, visit the Hope for Henry Foundation here.

Social Enterprise Lets You Donate to Charity by Watching Ads

Ads are everywhere there’s media to be consumed — on your TV, in your airwaves, on your smartphone.

Entrepreneur Matt Sawyer realized advertising didn’t need to be a one-way channel. Enter AdWap, or “Advertising with a purpose,” the social enterprise Sawyer cofounded two years ago.

AdWap is an app in which users can watch up to 10 ads per day. With each ad viewed, a portion of ad revenue is donated to an AdWap-selected charity.

In other words, by watching the ads, you’re donating money to a cause you care about — without spending any of your own.

Organizations currently benefitting from AdWap viewership include Penn State’s THON, The Trust for Public Land, Operation Underground Railroad, Project ALS and about 20 more.

AdWap’s app formally debuted two months ago but has already raised $3,384.95 as of a few days ago, according to the in-app counter.

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AAM Honors Middle East Media and Talent at Awards Dinner

America Abroad Media (AAM) is a D.C.-based non-profit organization that aims to encourage free international media. On November 15, 2015 AAM gathered to honor media leaders that have made contributions to Middle Eastern media at its fourth annual Power of Film awards dinner. Honorees were recognized for contributing thoughtful, informative, and free media in spite of challenging circumstances.

The AAM Partner Award was presented to Tolo TV. Tolo TV is Afghanistan’s largest independent media channel with an audience of over 13 million people. The channel provides a wide range of programs including entertainment, drama, and political news coverage. This coverage came at a high price. In January 2016, a bus carrying Tolo TV employees was targeted by a Taliban suicide bomber. The attack killed 7 employees and injured 26 others.

Nasser Al Qasabi, a nationally beloved comedian and TV-satirist was presented with a Power of Film award. Qasabi is known for his comedy skits, where he makes fun of Arab social norms. His most recent comedy show Selfie became one of the most popular shows in the Middle East by lampooning ISIS through comedy. His show earned him a spot on ISIS’s hit-list.

Awards were also presented to congressmen Ed Royce and Eliot Engel. Royce (R-California) and Engel (D-New York) have crossed partisan lines to help make United States broadcasts more accessible to audiences in the Middle East. Their efforts to allow media access to Middle Eastern viewers been seen a large step towards preventing a Middle Eastern iron curtain, similar the iron curtain that occurred in Europe during the Cold War.

Journalist Steven Sotloff, was honored in memoriam. During his career he covered topics such as the Benghazi embassy attack, the Arab Spring, and the foreshadowing of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. He was kidnapped by ISIS and beheaded in 2014. His death sparked a complete overhaul of how U.S. hostage situations will be handled abroad.

The hit television series Homeland was also recognized during the ceremony. The show was praised for shedding light on the complex issues of the Middle East and U.S. National security. Homeland was also praised for giving human faces to the people involved in these current issues.

People in attendance of the event include retired General John Allen, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib, and Ambassador of Kazakhstan Kairat Umarov.