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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: 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.
Posted: June 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Whether by mere coincidence, strategic design or a blend of the two, there are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game. Russia knows this game well. The United States, the heir to the Sykes-Picot map, will be forced to learn it fast.
Posted: May 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President says he will work with Congress to "ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators," but offered no specifics.
Posted: May 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Officials say that Syria, because it has become a magnet and training ground for Islamic extremists from all over the world, now poses a greater security threat to the U.S., European nations and countries in the region.
Posted: April 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. British Foreign Secretary William Hague pressed the world's chemical weapons watchdog to finish its probe into the alleged use of chlorine gas in Syria as urgently as possible.
Posted: April 28, 2014
SYRIA. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formally submitted his nomination to seek a third term in office in an election due to be held in early June.
Posted: April 21, 2014
SYRIA. Syria set a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Rotate into high-yield bonds which offer better value; Large IPOs could drain money out of stock markets and raise volatility ahead, says Emirates NBD investment chief.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. One aspect of this war is that both sides apparently found it necessary, despite knowing it would have no definitive military outcome. The question therefore is not what the point of all this is but where all this ends.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Indonesia should lead the way in ASEAN markets over the next year; The best performing markets in the second quarter were Thailand and the Philippines; Health care strongest sector in ASEAN in Q2.
INTERNATIONAL. Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists Thursday to bolster forces fighting in Gaza as Washington gave its ally the go-ahead to raid stocks of emergency US weapons stored on Israeli soil.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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