Politics & Economics

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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: September 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on Thursday detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists, reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera.
Posted: September 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Unionists had warned independence would usher in financial, economic and political uncertainty and diminish the UK's standing in the world.
Posted: September 18, 2014
SYRIA. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said multiple sources in northeastern Aleppo had spotted at least one drone over towns including Al-Bab and Manbij.
Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.
Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report spells out the repercussions of the political uncertainty and restrictions on movement and access and recommends remedial actions by all parties.
Posted: September 18, 2014
EGYPT. Qalaa Holdings' Hisham El-Khazindar discusses Egypt's economic prospects at Euromoney Conference.
Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. General Martin Dempsey said that it may at some point prove necessary to send US advisors into action with the Iraqi troops battling IS, in what he called "close-combat advising".
Posted: September 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will need to keep cutting oil output to sustain prices above US$100 a barrel, according to BNP Paribas and Societe Generale; "We are swimming in crude, and they know that better than anyone because they are the biggest exporter."
Posted: September 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's top scholar council, the only body in the country authorized to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, declared that "terrorism is a heinous crime" under Shariah.
Posted: September 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In an unprecedented joint statement, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) urged their "brothers" in Iraq and Syria to "stop killing each other and unite against the American campaign."
Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The upcoming Scottish election, whichever way it goes, demonstrates the enormous power of the desire for national self-determination. If it can corrode the British union, it can corrode anything.
Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The United Nations has brokered an Israeli-Palestinian deal on imports of construction materials to Gaza to ensure they will not be diverted by Hamas militants.
Posted: September 16, 2014
SYRIA. IS fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sentiment towards Europe has picked up in the wake of recent monetary policy easing by the ECB; U.K. unpopularity deepens as Scottish independence vote looms.
Posted: September 16, 2014
UAE. US$117 million contract awarded to Raytheon; TALON will provide increased precision in the battlespace.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 19, 2014
KUWAIT. The global Islamic finance industry reached approx. US$1.9 trillion in assets as at end 1H2014; The report analyses the role of Islamic finance in supporting economic growth.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report spells out the repercussions of the political uncertainty and restrictions on movement and access and recommends remedial actions by all parties.
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will need to keep cutting oil output to sustain prices above US$100 a barrel, according to BNP Paribas and Societe Generale; "We are swimming in crude, and they know that better than anyone because they are the biggest exporter."
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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