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: November 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The "market will stabilize itself," Ali Al-Naimi said. The world's largest oil exporter yesterday failed to agree a plan with Russia, Venezuela and Mexico to curb output.
Posted: November 25, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Militants who attacked Shiite Muslim worshippers in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province had links to Islamic State, the official Saudi Press Agency said.
Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
Posted: November 25, 2014
OMAN. The report showed that Oman has improved its "access to sound money" while also recording an increase in the "regulation of business, credit and labor".
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We have had to conclude it is not possible to get to an agreement by the deadline that was set for today and therefore we will extend the JPOA to June 30, 2015."
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, the first major cabinet change after Obama's Democrats were routed in mid-term elections three weeks ago.
Posted: November 24, 2014
QATAR. Oil and gas-producing nations likely to come under pressure from falling asset prices; Global economy requires concerted effort to resist stagnation and resolve debt issues.
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations.
Posted: November 24, 2014
IRAQ. There was no independent confirmation that the army, Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga forces had completely retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, about 115 km northeast of Baghdad.
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.

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date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
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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