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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: April 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. cites the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis; The dispute may disrupt delicate negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
Posted: April 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. OPEC foresees gradual increases from Iraq and Iran, while Libya is capable of boosting output by as much as 1 million barrels within a month, Secretary-General Abdalla El-Badri said.
Posted: March 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. During a meeting at the king's desert compound Obama and Abdullah discussed steps to help opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad while isolating extremists.
Posted: March 27, 2014
UAE. Companies are eager to find out what the temporary relaxation, and the future expected lifting of sanctions, means for accessing the Iranian market.
Posted: March 26, 2014
UAE. Discussions to be held at Iran Oil & Gas 2014 Summit, taking place in Dubai on 23-25 June; Platform to gauge the latest developments and new business opportunities during this pivotal time for Iran's oil and gas industry.
Posted: March 10, 2014
UAE. Dubai's non-oil trade expanded 7.6% last year, slowing from 13% growth in 2012, but the emirate's trade with Iran stabilised despite US economic sanctions.
Posted: February 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia is likely to be the first country to seek nuclear weapons of its own without necessarily going through the process of developing a nuclear program, because the Saudis would need to acquire nuclear deterrence capabilities within a very short period of time once Iran becomes a nuclear power.
Posted: February 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran will offer foreign partners incentives to find and pump more oil & gas and will pay some fees in barrels as it seeks to boost income once international sanctions are lifted.
Posted: February 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A short term focus on political and security concerns has stood in the way of the structural reforms needed for growth and stability.
Posted: February 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The prospect of access to Iran's US$500 billion economy is tempting executives from around the world, as negotiators resume their slog toward a nuclear deal.
Posted: February 11, 2014
IRAN. The Iranian President had foreign-policy successes to showcase when he spoke in Tehran's Azadi Square. The economic gains will follow, he said.
Posted: February 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Removal of certain major sanctions imposed on Iran coupled with growing demand for automobiles in domestic market to drive Iranian tyre industry during 2014-19.
Posted: February 7, 2014
OMAN. By circumventing the Strait of Hormuz the railway would dilute the impact of further closure threats to a waterway through which some 20% of crude supplies pass to reach global markets.
Posted: January 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iranian president says his country won't impede progress toward a nuclear deal and will use "constructive engagement" to help the sanctions-hit economy recover.
Posted: January 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The nuclear negotiations are one set of negotiations, and the discussion about if Iran should go to Geneva II or what role they can play in Syria are completely separate."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
date:Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Long-term infrastructure debt poses a significant pricing challenge with no market prices, private cash flow data scattered amongst originators, and covenant structures creating "embedded options" that are not taken into account in standard valuation models.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Rotate into high-yield bonds which offer better value; Large IPOs could drain money out of stock markets and raise volatility ahead, says Emirates NBD investment chief.
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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