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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: October 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Funds will help rapidly expand refugee support operations in Europe; Foundation has provided US$17.5 million over past two years to support Middle East refugees and internally displaced people.
Posted: October 17, 2015
INTERNATINAL. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address to Italian Government officials, thanked Italy for its "compassionate and courageous response" while continuing his strong call on all countries to bear more of the responsibility.
Posted: October 16, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. "He [Assad] killed hundreds of thousands of his people, displaced millions and destroyed the country as a whole...he has no future in Syria."
Posted: October 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Russia's only way out of what is likely to be a quagmire like Afghanistan, would be to ultimately install a Chechen-style Sunni potentate in Damascus. That would at best buy Russia time.
Posted: October 12, 2015
QATAR. Dr Riad Hijab's office in Doha issued a communiqué calling on all Syrians to unite and face the dangers besetting the country.
Posted: October 11, 2015
UAE. "The key to resolving conflicts in Iraq and Syria is the adoption of a comprehensive, inclusive approach that focuses on broad based politics. Russian involvement in Syria complicates such efforts.”
Posted: October 10, 2015
JORDAN. The award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency aims to help the Jordanian government secure its borders with Syria .
Posted: October 10, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The continued Russian military offensive compounds the already dire geopolitical and humanitarian crisis in and around Syria.
Posted: October 10, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Military involvement poses a serious danger to civilian lives and disrupts already strained aid efforts.
Posted: October 7, 2015
JORDAN. "This is a very worrying trend, showing how hard the situation is for many families in Syria's neighbouring countries," says the Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Jordan.
Posted: October 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. President Putin's recent moves in the Middle East-to shore up Bashar al-Assad's regime, and the agreement with Iran, Iraq, and Syria on intelligence and security cooperation-could contribute to Russian efforts to combat the myriad negative pressures on its vital energy industry.
Posted: October 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region is in the midst of some of the deadliest conflicts and worst humanitarian emergencies ever, with terrorist groups such as the ISIL and Al-Qaida affiliates "elevating the horror and complicating the search for solutions."
Posted: October 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Philip Hammond:"We reject the advice of those who say the poison of Assad is the cure of the cancer of ISIL".
Posted: October 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Countering IS should not just focus on neutralising violent jihadism but also addressing its root causes and translating that notion into policy.
Posted: October 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New research uncovers surprising reasons some Jordanians join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The investment community is significantly more likely than CEOs to consider misaligned performance incentives as a barrier to change: almost half (49%) of investors surveyed in the report flagged this as a major concern compared to only 17% of chief executives.
date:Posted: April 28, 2016
UAE. 51% of all Dubai hotels in mid-market segment versus 89% in New York; PwC research released at ATM 2016 touts construction figure of US$80k per room as incentive for developers looking for solid returns in high demand segment.
date:Posted: April 27, 2016
UAE. Residential values drop 2.2% in Q1 2016; Strongest quarterly decrease in five years and the seventh consecutive quarterly decline, according to Cluttons.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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