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
LEBANON. "Continued domestic political volatility, repeated security breaches, a wave of kidnappings, direct and indirect spillovers from the Syrian conflict, institutional paralysis, and a persistently uncertain outlook were the main factors that affected the confidence of Lebanese consumers."
SYRIA. A UN probe into rights violations committed during 33 months of brutal conflict "has produced massive evidence ... (of) very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity," United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said.
OMAN. Zarif's remarks came during a stopover in Muscat as part of a tour he began in Kuwait aimed at assuring Gulf Arab states that a deal Tehran secured with the West on its nuclear programme is in their interest.
QATAR. Considering that the World Cup is being held in Qatar in 2022, the combination of both events in a reasonably short timeframe should provide considerable impetus to growth in the UAE, Qatar and the GCC as a whole.