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: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The US intelligence community thinks IS has an incentive to conduct a major terrorist strike against US or European targets to assert itself as the true leader of radical Islam.
Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan vowed a power struggle against a U.S.-based cleric he accuses of plotting against him would continue.
Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on what would constitute the killing of the most senior Hamas men since it launched its offensive on Gaza six week ago.
Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. special operations forces made a failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage by Islamic extremists in Syria earlier this summer, the White House said in a statement.
Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines against flying into Tel Aviv, threatening to step up its six-week conflict with Israel and declaring truce talks in Cairo over.
Posted: August 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The armed wing of Hamas, engaged in a six-week war with Israel, said on its website it had fired two rockets at Noa, a gas well owned by Nobel Energy and Delek.
Posted: August 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "It's the largest single aid push we have mounted in more than a decade," UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
Posted: August 20, 2014
SYRIA. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters had been attacking Tabqa military airport for around 10 days, but the fighting overnight from Tuesday was the heaviest yet.
Posted: August 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Germany's development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, accused Qatar of financing the militant group. "A story like this always has a history," he said.
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. "In the short term, Erdogan's election signals a sign for continuity for Turkey. However, in the medium to longer term, questions remain. As in any political arena, a concentration of power and reduction of checks and balances carries negative risks."
Posted: August 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
Posted: August 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. An Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "ordered the IDF to attack terror targets in Gaza" in response to the rocket fire.
Posted: August 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.
Posted: August 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made toward a lasting deal.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia set out draft proposals on foreign-shareholder limits as one of the world's most restricted stock markets prepares to open its doors for the first time to investors outside the region.
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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