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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: August 20, 2014
SYRIA. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters had been attacking Tabqa military airport for around 10 days, but the fighting overnight from Tuesday was the heaviest yet.
Posted: August 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden 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 13, 2014
SYRIA. Islamic State's latest gains include the towns of Turkmen Bareh and Akhtarin, 50 km northeast of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Posted: August 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate "unbelievers," have advanced to within a half hour's drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.
Posted: August 6, 2014
LEBANON. Saudi Arabia is already financing a US$3 billion package of French military equipment and arms for Lebanon's army; The fighting in Arsal is the worst violence to hit the volatile border region since the 2011 outbreak of the armed uprising in Syria.
Posted: July 16, 2014
SYRIA. The presidential election, dismissed as a sham by Assad's opponents, was held last month in areas of central and northern Syria that remain under state control.
Posted: July 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The surprise declaration of a "caliphate" by jihadists accused of committing atrocities in Syria and Iraq has provoked an outcry even among Islamists who dream of a state under Sharia law.
Posted: July 1, 2014
UAE. 55% claim that important decisions and vital meetings are not postponed till the Holy Month is over, according to the latest Bayt.com "Ramadan in the MENA Workplace" poll.
Posted: July 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. At a time when reasonable people thought that the fighting had been contained in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, they have discovered that there was no basis for that assumption.
Posted: June 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In an audio recording distributed online, ISIS declared its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'the caliph'; Though the move may not have a significant impact on the ground, it is an indicator of the group's confidence.
Posted: June 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The money would be part of Obama's US$1.5 billion plan for a Regional Stabilization Initiative that also would aid Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
Posted: June 25, 2014
IRAQ. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, made a local pledge of loyalty at the Iraq-Syria border to ISIL.
Posted: June 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Five Islamist fighters identified as Australian and British nationals have called on Muslims to join the wars in Syria and Iraq, in a new video released by ISIL.
Posted: June 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. What is happening in Iraq today is directly related to three central developments: President Bush's misguided Iraq war, President Obama's failure to reach a security arrangement with Iraq, and the unwillingness of the US to provide the rebels in Syria early on with military hardware.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Rising geopolitical tensions and slowing global growth; GCC markets remain steady in spite of increased global volatility; Commodity prices soft on China bank data.
date:Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. "In the short term, Erdogan's election signals a sign for continuity for Turkey. However, in the medium to longer term, questions remain. As in any political arena, a concentration of power and reduction of checks and balances carries negative risks."
date:Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Dubai has a bold vision to become the world's most visited city by 2020. The Director of Dubai's Tourism department, Helal Saeed Almarri, discusses how his team will make it happen.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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