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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 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Lebanon's protest slogan, 'You Stink,' refers to much more than the piling up of garbage on the streets of Beirut and the lack of an efficient waste management system.
Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Turkish Football Federation in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities.
Posted: August 13, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The world is largely watching with apathy, and those with unique interests in the conflict play politics with the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who died in vain as there is no salvation in death while unspeakable anguish and pain still awaits the living.
Posted: August 12, 2015
UAE. Transborder rail transport in the Arabian Peninsula dates back to the early 20th century and the Hejaz Railway which linked Damascus in Syria to Medina in Saudi Arabia; Over a century following its closure, the GCC is now embarking on one of the largest modern cross-border rail networks in the world.
Posted: July 29, 2015
IRAN. According to a report published by the Iranian media, citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can travel to Iran without visa.
Posted: June 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. 2015 Global Peace Index Reveals an Increasingly Divided World; The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence; Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high.
Posted: June 9, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Secularism in the Muslim world appears to be in terminal retreat. The two levels of struggle within that world are, at the top, Sunni versus Shiite, and at the base, complex and interacting factions.
Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What we are seeing now are fundamental re-emerging realities: Europe is a highly fragmented collection of nation-states. China contains its centrifugal forces through a powerful and repressive government in Beijing. Russia is neither an equal of the U.S. nor a helpless cripple to be ignored or tutored. And the map of the Middle East, created by the Ottomans and the Europeans, has hidden underlying forces that are rearing their heads.
Posted: April 20, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Arab economies are estimated to be growing at between 2-3%, but annual growth of around 6.0% must be achieved if unemployment and poverty are to be contained.
Posted: April 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Despite progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in four children and young adolescents are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
Posted: April 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The current balancing act in the Middle East represents a fundamental rebalancing of American strategy. It is still clumsy and poorly thought out, but it is happening. And for the rest of the world, the idea that the Americans are coming will become more and more rare.
Posted: April 14, 2015
SYRIA. Human Rights Watch has released a statement suggesting Syrian troops used chemical weapons on at least 6 occasions between March 16-31.
Posted: April 7, 2015
UAE. Forbes Middle East reveals top 100 richest Arabs on earth; 49 Arab billionaires, sharing total wealth of $155.1 bn; Top 100 hail from 12 Arab countries with Saudi Arabia in the lead.
Posted: April 2, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. IS fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 2, 2015
UAE. Report, conducted by Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review, reveals that the ability to digitally transform and reimagine a business is determined in large part by a clear digital strategy supported by leaders who foster a culture able to change and reinvent their organizations.
date:Posted: September 2, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Were Saudi defence spending to be financed entirely from net oil export revenues in 2015, the spending would consume ~73.4 percent of these revenues.
date:Posted: September 2, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The key assumption is that global markets recover from recent turbulence, China doesn't move aggressively on devaluing its currency, and the Fed raises rates.
UAE. Report, conducted by Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review, reveals that the ability to digitally transform and reimagine a business is determined in large part by a clear digital strategy supported by leaders who foster a culture able to change and reinvent their organizations.
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
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