INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: April 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. hasn't yet substantiated accusations made by both government and opposition forces that poisonous gas was used during an attack on a village north of Damascus.
Posted: April 4, 2014
LEBANON. The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war.
Posted: April 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Assad's army started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for the first time in February, according to Jane's Defense Weekly and Stratfor.
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
INTERNATIONAL. Attempts to negotiate a diplomatic solution to Syria's civil war are failing, a U.S. State Department official said, as lawmakers denounced the Obama administration's response to the country's turmoil.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. "We call for a political solution to the crisis in Syria based on the Geneva I communique," calling for a peaceful transition of power.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait urged fellow Arab leaders to resolve disputes complicating crises such as Syria's war and unrest in Egypt, but diplomats said tensions bubbled behind the scenes.
Posted: March 20, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's backing for Syrian rebels widely regarded as jihadi militants might appear a diplomatic liability at a time when global alarm about al Qaeda is on the rebound.
Posted: March 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Targets included a Syrian military headquarters, a training facility and artillery batteries; Aircraft carried out the overnight strike, according to an Israeli military spokesman.
Posted: March 14, 2014
LEBANON. The 73-year-old diplomat, who led the regime's negotiating team at failed peace talks, "was admitted to the intensive care unit" of the American University Hospital in Beirut.
Posted: March 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Syria will miss a major deadline next week in the program to destroy its chemical weapons production facilities, sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.
Posted: March 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. New Atlantic Council issue brief contends that the US has repeatedly failed to realize its goal of a political transition in Syria because of its narrow focus on summits and high-level diplomacy as the sole means of ending the conflict.
Posted: March 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Damascus has now handed over six consignments of the toxic agents it declared to the OPCW as part of a Russian-U.S. deal struck last year.
Posted: February 26, 2014
LEBANON. Hezbollah on Wednesday threatened to retaliate after Israel's first reported air raid targeting a position of the Lebanese Shiite movement since the 2006 war.
Posted: February 24, 2014
UAE. 90% of jobseekers in the Middle East and North Africa, say companies should position themselves as great places to work, according to Bayt.com survey.
date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.