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 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."
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers had been trapped at two posts in Syria, Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin said in Manila.
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The latest twist downwards, against a background of worryingly sluggish eurozone growth, was driven by falls in the prices of food and energy, Eurostat said.
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas were seen as shaky after its leader ruled out Israeli demands to disarm the Palestinian militant group.
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives. One in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, a million more than a year ago."
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism.
Posted: August 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Petro Poroshenko said that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

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.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Consumer spending also remained robust; Non-oil exports rebound owing to greater production of petrochemicals and plastics.
date: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.
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.
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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