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 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."
Posted: September 11, 2014
UAE. The US$10.3 billion second repayment under a debt plan agreed in 2011 was always regarded as a challenge for Dubai World, given its size and the initial slow progress on asset sales meant to fund the repayments.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The one power that can effectively move against IS in a manner that would appear legitimate to other Muslims is Saudi Arabia; The capture of oil wells in Syria and Iraq has made the group financially self-sufficient. Now it's all or nothing.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Maybe zero percent interest rates and asset bubbles hinder rather than help a real recovery; It may come as a surprise to the new generation of economists, but high inflation and high unemployment can coexist.
Posted: September 11, 2014
IRAQ. It is unclear how rebuilding the country's army squares with repeated assertions by Kerry and other American officials that US troops will not return to Iraq.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Kremlin data showed an almost one-third decline in trade turnover to US$1.6 billion last year following Western sanctions against the oil-producing Middle Eastern nation.
Posted: September 11, 2014
SYRIA. Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs after a devastating blast that killed nearly 30 members of its leadership in northeastern Idlib province.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 21, 2014
UAE. Nearly 60% of families-run businesses globally are struggling to find external finance; KPMG identifies HNWIs as a highly underutilised route for investment.
date:Posted: September 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Against the backdrop of a rising dollar, uneven developments in global economic growth and interest rates commodities suffered broad-based selling across most sectors.
date:Posted: September 21, 2014
UAE. Average residential rents dipped marginally by 1% during Q3 this year; Office rents across the CBD area remained unchanged while secondary locations grew by 3% quarter-on-quarter; Average villa rents have witnessed a single digit growth of around 8%.
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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