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 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list killed a soldier and attempted to storm Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead.
Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said. Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation."
Posted: October 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, but on how their customers manage their own economies.
Posted: October 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "It is a crisis moment, an emergency where we clearly do not want to see Kobani become a horrible example of the unwillingness of people to be able to help those who are fighting ISIL."
Posted: October 20, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Food and rental inflation accelerate; Jadwa revises its estimates for average annual inflation to 2.8% for 2014, slightly down from 2.9%.
Posted: October 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants, who have been assaulting Kobani for nearly a month.
Posted: October 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad as Washington pushed to rally its allies against the Islamic State group.
Posted: October 14, 2014
BAHRAIN. The projects will involve investment in the industrial, infrastructure, and tourism sectors and will increase Bahrain's competitive advantage.
Posted: October 14, 2014
QATAR. Agreement to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Posted: October 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, but criminal and monstrous conduct. We have to be able to shut that down and prevent it opening again under an Icelandic domain."
Posted: October 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It wasn't immediately clear which bases would be involved, or whether final details had been agreed; The U.S. said Turkey will also help train Syrian rebels.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 12, 2014
BAHRAIN. Bahrain Economic Development Board report highlights the important contribution of the oil and non-oil sectors to the overall economy; Total GDP growth for 2014 expected to reach about 3.7%.
Posted: October 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Governments can make significant strides in job creation by reforming policies used to protect politically connected companies, which would in turn promote competition, and ensure equal opportunities for all firms.
Posted: October 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Staffan de Mistura warned that civilians in the border town are facing an imminent threat posed by the terrorist group.

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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