INTERNATIONAL. A new business book by Aamir A Rehman shatters many myths about the Middle East. He offers an easy-to-read guide at a strategic level for firms seeking to do business in the six nations of the GCC. He explains why Dubai has become a major hub for the region as it experiences an unprecedented expansion in energy, financial services, consumer goods, hospitality, retail, real estate and countless other industries. Here he speaks with BI-ME about his inspirations and insights for tapping into Gulf capital and opportunities. If you read just one book this year, we recommend that you
Posted: March 6, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Nothing new is coming online anytime soon and movement on developing renewable energy resources has been sadly inadequate. The idea that shale reservoirs will lead the US to energy independence will soon enough be recognized as unrealistic hype.
Posted: March 6, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Some people may look at the stock market and see economic recovery. Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management and Sprott Money looks at myriad other economic indicators and sees an economy still in decline.
Posted: February 1, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. True to form, the chairman of Casey Research doesn't mince words. "Most Europeans believe the state owes them a living; the society is corrupt through and through." "Government acquires income by theft;" "Nobody reads a book from the classical era in school; it's now mostly committee-approved pablum."
Posted: December 11, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. There's been plenty of talk about potentially radical US foreign policy changes as a result of the shale boom. While one shouldn't expect any dramatic US foreign policy move away from the Middle East, factors are influencing a greater focus on Asia.
Posted: November 17, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. Investors could be in for a bumpy ride the rest of the year as politicians navigate a difficult path toward a solution to what is being billed as the fiscal cliff of US$720 billion in expiring tax cuts and mandatory spending cuts.
Posted: October 21, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. Why cheap energy is not vital to economic growth; Why high oil prices aren't necessarily a bad thing; Why subsidies for renewables are just plain wrong.
Posted: September 20, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. John Mauldin says the EU is only left with choices that range from bad to disastrous. Republicans and Democrats will have to hold hands and walk off the cliff together to solve U.S. economic problems.
Posted: September 19, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. What strategy the rebels need to adopt to be successful? Why Al-Qaeda's growing presence benefits Assad? How to rid the rebels of extremist forces?
Posted: September 14, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. "Ultimately, over the long term, we think inflation always wins. The government is between the rock and the hard place. Inflation is the easiest way out. We remain extremely bullish for all commodities, particularly the precious metals."
Posted: September 1, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. Mixed messages, poor reporting and a media hungry to sensationalize anything it thinks can grab a headline have led to many wondering what the true energy situation is.
Posted: August 29, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. The dire economic situation that persists globally leads Eric Sprott to say it's time for investors to take matters into their own hands and that means pushing further into precious metals equities as well as physical gold and silver.
Posted: July 20, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. Speaking to IMF Survey, Mahmood Pradhan, Deputy Director of the IMF's European Department, discusses recent economic developments, the outlook, and the policies needed to arrest escalating risks. He also looks at what it would take to spur the growth potential of the euro area.
Posted: July 12, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. If oil goes further down, it'll just be setting up an even more bullish scenario for the duration of the bull market; If gold goes down a lot, I'll buy a lot more. I'm certainly not selling my gold, because I suspect gold will be much, much, much higher over the next decade.
Posted: June 24, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. In an interview with the UN News Centre, US actor/director and conservation activist Edward Norton, spoke about the importance of learning how biodiversity affects our daily lives, and why he remains optimistic about the world's chances to make a positive impact in the environment.
Posted: June 12, 2012
UAE. Mr. Philip Anderson, a professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, shares his views with Dalius Budvytis from Delta Partners about entrepreneurship in the Middle East and in the space of Telecoms, Media and Technology in particular.
date:Posted: May 22, 2013
iNTERNATIONAL. Control over Homs will enable al Assad to rapidly move forces from the north to the south to meet emerging rebel threats. It will also provide a key avenue of retreat to the Alawite coast in the event that he needs to flee Damascus.