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: September 25, 2014
UAE. Any further correction in commodity prices will stimulate global economic growth; Surge in new bond issuance triggers selective buying in GCC markets; US economic strength likely to continue; The slide in gold offers trading opportunities.
Posted: September 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia and the UAE joined in the strikes by piloted and drone aircraft targeting facilities around al Mayadin, al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal, the U.S. military said.
Posted: September 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The 55-year-old was kidnapped by Jund al-Khilifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," while hiking in a national park that was once a magnet for tourists.
Posted: September 24, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) released photographs of eight airmen it said were involved in Tuesday's US-led operation, carried out with Gulf allies.
Posted: September 24, 2014
SYRIA. The overnight raids targeted Islamic State (IS) group fighters whose fierce assault in the area prompted more than 130,000 civilians to flee across the border into Turkey.
Posted: September 24, 2014
UAE. There is a strong appetite in the Middle East for high-quality news content in different formats and a desire to see trustworthy news from a number of different perspectives, according to a new survey conducted for The Associated Press.
Posted: September 24, 2014
UAE. Dr Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) addresses Fourth Gulf Energy Markets Forum held for the first time in Fujairah.
Posted: September 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The strikes on what Washington called the Khorasan Group were staged to disrupt a plot against U.S. or European targets that the Pentagon said was "nearing the execution phase."
Posted: September 24, 2014
UAE. Replaces Sultan Nasser al-Suweidi after 23 years; Mansouri heads federal investment fund; no policy change expected due to dollar peg; could further tighten banking sector regulations.
Posted: September 23, 2014
TUNISIA. Removing the economic obstacles would double employment creation to 100,000 new jobs per year, according to a new report from the World bank.
Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Currency debasement is often done by inflating the money supply through QE; When a currency is debased, a unit of that currency doesn't buy the same amount of stuff that it once did.
Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The downing of the jet is the most serious incident between the sides since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago.
Posted: September 23, 2014
UAE. "On the whole, the outlook for the region is a good one;" 35% of respondents claim job opportunities will increase; Concerns about rising cost of living.
Posted: September 23, 2014
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.
Posted: September 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The rise of the brutal ISIS group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said Leon Panetta.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
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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