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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: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The European Union has accused Ireland of giving Apple Inc. state aid by letting the iPhone maker shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax, in return for maintaining jobs.
Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. Troops struck before dawn against a town on the Syrian border, north of jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, according to senior officers.
Posted: September 30, 2014
KUWAIT. The Kuwaiti Capital Markets Authority said in a statement that the move obliged institutions to freeze all funds belonging to those accused of terror financing.
Posted: September 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli leader displayed a photo of Hamas rocket launchers placed alongside children playing, illustrating the argument that the militants use civilians as human shields.
Posted: September 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Thousands of defiant Hong Kong protesters stood their ground after facing tear gas and riot police in overnight clashes, paralysing parts of the city with their campaign to demand Beijing allow free elections.
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
Posted: September 29, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain now among the countries with the most flexible visa policies in the region; Nationals from over 100 countries set to benefit.
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. PMI data indicates that MENA has still the same leaders, and same laggards, according to the latest Crédit Agricole report; UAE August 2014 PMI set a new record at 58.4; Saudi Arabia headline PMI in August hit its highest level in over 3 years.
Posted: September 28, 2014
UAE. At the special meeting being held in Istanbul, GE highlighted its outlook in redefining economies of scale, creating new jobs for youth, reshaping supply chains, promoting SMEs and accelerating the pace of innovation.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. QNB Group expect Indonesia's real GDP growth to slow further in 2014-15. Nonetheless, the country's long-term potential remains large if challenges can be overcome.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's strong net external and fiscal asset positions balance the concentration risk related to the economy's reliance on the oil and gas sector, says S&P; The outlook is stable.
Posted: September 25, 2014
KUWAIT. Surplus is 1.6% higher than previous year; Total received revenues in the fiscal year 2013/2014 amounted to KWD31.8bln; KFH Research continues to forecast a surplus of 17.9% in FY2014/15.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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