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: October 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. While the Fed retained its guidance that overnight borrowing costs would remain near zero for a "considerable time", the new phrase marks a turn toward a new regime.
Posted: October 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Foreign policy is what a president wishes would happen; foreign affairs are what actually happen; the problem that Obama has, which has crippled his foreign policy, is that his principles have not been defined with enough rigor to provide definitive guidance in a crisis.
Posted: October 27, 2014
UAE. In the IMF scenario, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain risk running a budget deficit next year if their spending plans don't change to cope with declining crude prices.
Posted: October 27, 2014
UAE. The three-day event is an unprecedented gathering of business and government leaders from over 90 countries to discuss how to tackle today's most challenging trade and development issues.
Posted: October 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The BND reportedly warned that IS fighters possess portable rocket launchers captured from Syrian army stocks. Some dated from the 1970s, while others were modern and advanced.
Posted: October 26, 2014
UAE. Standard Chartered Bank hosts second Annual Global Research Briefing sessions for its clients in the UAE; Briefings also held in Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.
Posted: October 25, 2014
QATAR. Real GDP growth slowed to 7.3% in Q3 2014; However, the days of voracious Chinese demand driving up global commodity prices are probably over.
Posted: October 25, 2014
UAE. "When the system collapses, it is not the end of the world. It simply means that the major trading and financial powers in the world come together in a conference to write new rules of the game." ICA Conference in Dubai to address lessons from global economic crisis.
Posted: October 24, 2014
PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. Saeb Erekat has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years.
Posted: October 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The speech will cap off a daylong event focused on spurring investment and cultural exchange in the Middle East; Oman Oil and Gas Minister to present.
Posted: October 24, 2014
IRAQ. ISIS jihadists gained ground west of Baghdad Thursday, further reducing the government's already-shaky hold on Anbar province, officials said.
Posted: October 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection.
Posted: October 24, 2014
IRAQ. Renewed attack against the Yezidis may create pressure on the U.S. to refocus its campaign on Iraq after ramping up airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.
Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
date:Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Significant increase in inflows of private capital into UAE in 2014; UAE seen as hub between Africa and Asia; Political stability remains a major factor driving flows; UAE clear winner in the region, as other GCC countries see net outflows of private capital.
date:Posted: October 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Foreign policy is what a president wishes would happen; foreign affairs are what actually happen; the problem that Obama has, which has crippled his foreign policy, is that his principles have not been defined with enough rigor to provide definitive guidance in a crisis.
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
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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