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 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.
Posted: September 16, 2014
IRAQ. The first strike south of Baghdad in a more than month-long US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, 25 kilometers from the capital, a security spokesman said
Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. has assembled an unlikely coalition of more than 40 nations with a shared stake in defeating IS, an effort that's counting on Iraqi troops and moderate Syrian rebels to retake and hold territory the extremists have seized.
Posted: September 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people."
Posted: September 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In Paris, 25 countries and Iraq said they're "committed to supporting the new Iraqi government in its fight, by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance."
Posted: September 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. David Cameron called the attack "a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker" and "an act of pure evil;" Barack Obama offered US support for its "ally in grief".
Posted: September 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The answer to the security challenges is not the Assad regime. They have created this security vacuum. They have lost legitimacy to lead, period," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
Posted: September 13, 2014
QATAR. It remains to be seen whether the new set of measures will be enough to combat the Eurozone's problems of slow growth, high unemployment and near zero inflation.
Posted: September 13, 2014
LEBANON. US ambassador to Lebanon David Hale said in a statement that the aircraft would be bought with Saudi funds recently pledged to the Lebanese army.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A senior State Department official said: "We may need enhanced basing and overflights ... there's going to be a meeting soon of defense ministers to work on these details."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. South Africa's entertainment and media market is expected to grow by 10.2% compounded annually (CAGR) from 2014 - 2018.
date:Posted: September 22, 2014
UAE. Brightcove survey shows that a better video experience leads to more action, higher loyalty and more social sharing.
date:Posted: September 22, 2014
UAE. In a world careening out of control, children and teens affected by war yearn for the familiar - a roof over their heads, or a school schedule, or simply a family member to hold their hands.
INTERNATIONAL. The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.
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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