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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: February 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A second round of talks aimed at finding a political settlement to the three-year conflict ended in acrimony on Saturday, throwing the future of the negotiations into doubt.
Posted: February 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President Assad's forces and fighters from Lebanese ally Hezbollah pounded Syria's strategic border town of Yabroud, activists said, in apparent preparation for a new offensive.
Posted: February 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The state of Syria is "crumbling" and "extremists have moved into the vacuum in a way that could threaten us over the long term."
Posted: February 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russia defended President Bashar al-Assad and said his government needed more time to ship the chemicals safely through territory where it is fighting rebels.
Posted: February 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled - sometimes intentionally, sometimes not - that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.
Posted: February 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The sooner the Obama administration acts with the support of Western and Arab allies, the sooner the unconscionable humanitarian disaster in Syria can come to an end.
Posted: February 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Al-Qaeda announces it is not linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as it was not informed of its creation... (and) did not accept it," a statement said.
Posted: January 31, 2014
LEBANON. Faced with recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria, al Qaeda is slowly but firmly gaining influence in Lebanon, helped by the country's increasing sectarian violence and the turmoil caused by Syria's civil war
Posted: January 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Britain is set to take in hundreds of vulnerable Syrian refugees, targeting those most traumatised by the three-year civil war.
Posted: January 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. After a day of delay and fierce recrimination, government and opposition delegates faced each other across a negotiating table in Geneva in the presence of Lakhdar Brahimi.
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."
Posted: January 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We need to deal with reality... mutual consent for a transitional government means that a government cannot be formed by someone that is objected to by one side.
Posted: January 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Syria's government and its enemies came face to face for the first time at a one-day peace conference in Switzerland which could start a process to end the civil war.
Posted: January 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The delegates discussing Syria this week in Switzerland face a series of irreconcilable truths that stem from the geopolitics that have governed this land since antiquity.
Posted: January 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Ban made the invitation after Iranian officials assured him they supported the conclusion of Geneva-1, which called for a transitional administration to take over in Syria.


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.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. Apartments sector witnessed increase of 29% whilst villa rentals have grown by 15% year on year; Over the next four years roughly 65,000 new residential units penned for completion.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.