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Posted: 05-05-2011
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: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATINAL. The campaign group Naame Shaam has published an in-depth report examining various aspects of the Iranian regime's role in the ongoing war in Syria.
Posted: November 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The speech, purported to be in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's name, followed contradictory accounts out of Iraq after U.S. air strikes last Friday about whether he was wounded in a raid.
Posted: October 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The BND reportedly warned that IS fighters possess portable rocket launchers captured from Syrian army stocks. Some dated from the 1970s, while others were modern and advanced.
Posted: October 24, 2014
IRAQ. Renewed attack against the Yezidis may create pressure on the U.S. to refocus its campaign on Iraq after ramping up airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.
Posted: October 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "It is a crisis moment, an emergency where we clearly do not want to see Kobani become a horrible example of the unwillingness of people to be able to help those who are fighting ISIL."
Posted: October 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants, who have been assaulting Kobani for nearly a month.
Posted: October 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad as Washington pushed to rally its allies against the Islamic State group.
Posted: October 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It wasn't immediately clear which bases would be involved, or whether final details had been agreed; The U.S. said Turkey will also help train Syrian rebels.
Posted: October 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Staffan de Mistura warned that civilians in the border town are facing an imminent threat posed by the terrorist group.
Posted: October 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. General John Allen is due in Turkey in an effort to resolve tensions; Turkey considers the Obama administration "overly cautious in this region."
Posted: October 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We are at the stage of exploring this," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, after talks with John Kerry at the State Department.
Posted: October 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. After days of fighting outside Kobani, about 2,000 militants entered late yesterday, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said.
Posted: October 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of the same issues that confronted Istanbul in 1919.
Posted: October 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The militants entered an eastern district of the city and raised a flag but were forced to withdraw after less than an hour, a member of a pro-Kurdish party said.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
UAE. An advisory body to the UAE government has suggested that the central bank review the country's currency peg to the U.S. dollar, but local bankers said any change to the peg remained very unlikely for the foreseeable future.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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