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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 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli leader displayed a photo of Hamas rocket launchers placed alongside children playing, illustrating the argument that the militants use civilians as human shields.
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 22, 2014
IRAN. Mohammad Javad Zarif said a meeting he held with his Saudi counterpart would bring a new chapter in ties between their countries, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
Posted: September 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats talked for more than an hour about two security issues with global ramifications.
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 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The military and economic benefits Russia has derived from Iran under the ayatollahs is part of a wider and more complex consideration than a simple strategy of fanning animosities between Tehran and the Western powers."
Posted: September 9, 2014
IRAN. "69.3% use proxies [servers in other countries] to circumvent censorship and reach websites that are officially banned, according to government research.
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The lack of movement in the inquiry by the IAEA will disappoint the West and could further complicate efforts by six world powers to negotiate a resolution to a decade-old dispute with Iran.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran held serious discussions with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about issues that are part of an investigation into suspicions Tehran has conducted atomic bomb research.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister in Riyadh Tuesday as the two rivals seek to counter Islamist militants in Iraq.
Posted: August 26, 2014
IRAQ. "We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil.
Posted: August 25, 2014
IRAN. Tehran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said.
Posted: August 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
Posted: August 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It remains unclear how much support Maliki, who remains acting premier, has to obstruct the formation of a new administration. Key military commanders said they would support al-Abadi.
Posted: August 10, 2014
UAE. "The 25-year contract between Crescent Petroleum and NIOC is valid and binding upon the parties."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
date:Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
date:Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
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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