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 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.
Posted: October 5, 2014
UAE. The UAE has expressed surprise after US Vice President Joe Biden suggested the Gulf state had armed and financed rebels in Syria, along with other regional powers.
Posted: October 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Alan Henning, a 47-year-old taxi driver, was part of an aid convoy taking medical supplies to a hospital in northwest Syria last year when it was stopped by gunmen and he was abducted.
Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia and the UAE joined in the strikes by piloted and drone aircraft targeting facilities around al Mayadin, al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal, the U.S. military said.
date:Posted: January 31, 2015
QATAR. In the end, monetary policy can be powerful in the short-term but is unlikely to change the long-term predicament of the Euro Area. The ECB may succeed in preventing prolonged deflation from taking hold, but this is a not a sufficient condition for sustainable growth.
date:Posted: January 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Western politicians wishing to see a genuine resolution of Iran's nuclear crisis must continue with diplomatic efforts to isolate those among the Iranian rulers who wish for the collapse of the negotiations.