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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: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday reversed plans to leave the Austrian capital for briefings with allies and national leaders.
Posted: November 22, 2014
LEBANON. Lebanon's government has decided to cancel Independence Day celebrations for the first time since the 1975-1990 civil war because of the country's presidential vacuum.
Posted: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said he was still unable to provide "credible assurance" Iran had no undeclared nuclear material and activities.
Posted: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We would step up the pressure and broaden even more the channels through which we intervene, by altering accordingly the size, pace and composition of our purchases."
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. McKinsey Global Institute research paper puts the global cost of obesity, at around US$2 trillion or 2.8% of world economic output, about the same as smoking or armed conflict.
Posted: November 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Market debates if Saudis will no longer defend oil prices; Private briefings, long Naimi silence puzzle OPEC experts; Conspiracy theories abound about what Riyadh is up to.
Posted: November 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Prince Miteb, minister of the National Guard and a son of King Abdullah, arrived in the US this week for talks on Mideast conflicts with President Obama and senior officials.
Posted: November 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Mr. Naqvi will lead one of the Foundation's five global initiatives as part of its global mandate to develop public-private partnerships in enhancing international police and law enforcement.
Posted: November 19, 2014
UAE. The gap between developed economies and the US is becoming ever wider; the US is taking up the mantel of economic engine, which in turn is exacerbating this divergence. Whilst the US will continue to grow, Europe will once again find itself almost stagnating.
Posted: November 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, the Turkish President suggested that the purported "discovery" of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack which comes after weeks of unrest fueled in part by a dispute over Jerusalem's holiest shrine.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have now entered the final phase of Barack Obama's presidency, and like those of several other presidents, it is ending in what we call a state of failure. This is not a judgment on his presidency so much as on the political configuration within it and surrounding it.
Posted: November 18, 2014
IRAQ. If confirmed, the recovery of the facility could provide critical momentum for government forces charged with restoring stability in a country facing a security crisis.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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