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: March 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said that government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest.
Posted: March 18, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "General Allen reiterated that the United States' position on Assad has not changed," the U.S. embassy said in a statement, after the special envoy held talks in Ankara.
Posted: March 16, 2015
SYRIA. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion that Washington must negotiate with the Damascus regime was recognition of President Bashar Assad's "legitimacy," Syrian media said.
Posted: March 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. 21 humanitarian and human rights organizations say warring parties and powerful states have failed to implement UNSC resolutions leading to 'worst year' of crisis for civilians in Syria.
Posted: March 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. More than 60% originate from Europe; Substantial numbers also coming from China, Russia, India, the Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Turkey) and Africa.
Posted: February 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Washington Post and the BBC identified the masked Islamic State militant who has appeared in beheading videos, as Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.
Posted: February 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva.
Posted: February 5, 2015
JORDAN. "We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ground."
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. 61% feel they deserve to work in a higher level position, and 50% state that a key reason for seeking employment is to be financially independent.
Posted: January 18, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. An Israeli helicopter strike in Syria killed five members of Hezbollah including the son of Imad Moughniyah, in an attack that has the potential to trigger reprisals.
Posted: January 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The wanted partner of one of the gunmen behind the terror attacks in France crossed into Syria on January 8; She entered Turkey on January 2 from Madrid.
Posted: January 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are clearly taking place.
Posted: December 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The explanation, while difficult to prove, may revolve around control of oil and gas in the Middle East and the weakening of Russia, Iran and Syria by flooding the market.
Posted: December 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The question is how far the collapse of the post-World War I system will go. Will this process of disintegration spread to other heirs of Sykes and Picot? This question is more important than the emergence of the Islamic State.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 2015 cannot be worse than 2014; Libya and Syria are not likely to resolve their problems in 2015; Fall of oil prices will have a destabilizing impact on most countries in the short term.
date:Posted: March 29, 2015
UAE. Deloitte launches 2015 Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions for the Middle East; Middle East millennials to spend around US$37 billion on media content; GCC countries to make significant open data advancements in 2015.
date:Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. Notwithstanding the weak start for the global economy, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2015. We expect economic growth to average 5.7% in 2015, the same rate as in 2014.