INTERNATIONAL. A private sector working group, consisting of representatives from the Palestinian and Israeli business community, met yesterday in London to finalise a Joint Declaration and Action Plan for revival of the Palestinian economy. The Declaration identifies priority areas, such as movement of people and goods, protection of the activities of investors, good governance, transparency and accountability. The private sector will be the driving force for economic growth and development.
The Declaration will be presented at the Conference on 'Promoting Economic Growth in the We
Posted: December 1, 2016
GAZA. Companies inaugurate new US$20 million bottling plant in Gaza; announce US$1.3 million investment in community programs focused on water access and youth employment.
Posted: November 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
Posted: September 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Unless Israel's opposition parties coalesce and create a popular movement for peace, and the Palestinians organize their political affairs and negotiate with Israel in unison, it may well be too late to save them both from their own self-inflicted deadly wounds.
Posted: September 7, 2016
UAE. Six pavilions exhibit the work of the region's most exciting curators, designers and studios; This year's theme invited designers to produce work inspired by "The Human Senses".
Posted: August 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Biased and selective perceptions, reinforced by historical experience and incompatible ideologies, have locked both sides into immobile positions.
Posted: August 19, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Unless distrust, insecurity, and illusions are first addressed, no incentives- however sweeping and compelling- will motivate Israel and the Palestinians to make the critical concessions needed to reach a peace agreement.
Posted: July 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The Arab Peace Initiative should not be considered as a mere device for directing the negotiating process, but rather as the central framework for achieving a comprehensive peace.
Posted: May 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The climate has rarely been so favourable to a resolution of the conflict. The chaos that is sweeping the Middle East has been a game-changer in relation to Israel and the Arab countries.
Posted: January 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S.-Russia standoff, surging nationalism in Europe, Turkey's re-emergence, low oil prices, falling Chinese consumption, military campaigns against the Islamic State and other geopolitical currents will tie in to and feed off of one another.
Posted: December 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu's assertion, the occupation erodes rather than buttresses Israel's national security and cannot be justified on either security or moral grounds.
Posted: December 4, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "The Quartet failed from the onset to breathe new life into the peace negotiations; in fact, it has become a major impediment to the peace process."
Posted: November 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. No new format for peace negotiations can succeed unless it carefully considers the reasons behind the failure of past negotiations to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated.
Posted: November 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Because of the prevailing political conditions and the continuing rise of extremism in both communities, the resumption of peace talks is as timely as it has ever been.
Posted: October 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "I am not naïve enough to suggest that the current Netanyahu government will ever be willing to end the occupation. It is now up to the Israelis to seek new leaders who will."
Posted: October 20, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What is fundamentally wrong here is the continuing occupation, which by its own very nature cannot be sustained without paying an increasingly heavier toll on both sides.
date:Posted: December 10, 2016
UAE. Fintech innovations could add 150 million new Islamic banking customers by 2021, says EY; The GCC region's share of participation banking increased to 72%; Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Malaysia are the three largest participation banking markets, in terms of assets.
date:Posted: December 9, 2016
UAE. Insurers have been prompted to prepare for the effects that VAT and changes to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) will have on their industry as well as assessing the impact of new insurance regulations that came into effect earlier this year.