Politics & Economics

FEATURED REPORT...
Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Barack Obama touches down in Estonia tonight to deliver reassurance to Baltic nations and a direct warning to Vladimir Putin that NATO stands by its military commitments.
Posted: September 2, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The arrests come as part of the kingdom's drive to "punish" those "belonging to or supporting" groups classified as "terrorist," the interior ministry said.
Posted: September 2, 2014
SYRIA. "It's the largest number of air raids to hit Jubar since the beginning of the army offensive on the district" six days ago," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Posted: September 2, 2014
KUWAIT. Headline inflation is expected to average around 3.0% for 2014; Inflation rates across the GCC member states ranged between 1.2% and 3.1% in 1H14.
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The full extent of casualties is difficult to determine. Many have been killed directly; others have been besieged and deprived of food."
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran held serious discussions with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about issues that are part of an investigation into suspicions Tehran has conducted atomic bomb research.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Shift in Kremlin language steps up pressure on Kiev; Use of term 'New Russia' becoming more frequent; Putin keeps Kiev, West guessing over ultimate aim.
Posted: September 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Consumer spending also remained robust; Non-oil exports rebound owing to greater production of petrochemicals and plastics.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oil markets since 2011 have become less price sensitive to actual supply disruptions, especially to those geopolitical events that have taken place since the Arab Spring.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Tthe step stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area.
Posted: August 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Talks on ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine must discuss statehood for the region, Vladimir Putin said, increasing Moscow's political demands for a resolution to the crisis.
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "I believe that in the wake of the Gaza war and the basis on which the ceasefire was established, a new momentum for peace negotiations might have been created."
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Writing in the New York Times, a week before a NATO summit in Wales, Kerry urged "a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations."
Posted: August 30, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Terrorism at this time is an evil force that must be fought with wisdom and speed. And if neglected I'm sure after a month it will arrive in Europe and a month after that in America."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 2, 2014
UAE. The top ten most influential brands headquartered in the UAE based on engagement among LinkedIn's membership of 313 million professionals; Leading UAE airlines are the top two brands, Etihad Airways tops ranking.
date:Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
UAE. The top ten most influential brands headquartered in the UAE based on engagement among LinkedIn's membership of 313 million professionals; Leading UAE airlines are the top two brands, Etihad Airways tops ranking.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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