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Egypt joins the military effort against ISIS
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Egypt entered officially – and in real terms – the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through the Libyan gateway this week, after Jordan stepped up its military operations against ISIS last week through the Syrian path. Iraq has pledged to crush ISIS on its territory, which has seen [ … ]

Turkey’s rescue of Suleyman Shah’s tomb: Retreat or victory?
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In a massive operation that included at least 572 military personnel and backed by an air support, the Turkish military has conducted its first ground military incursion in another state since 1918, when it briefly conquered much of the South Caucasus,

Yemen with two governments and two capitals
Yemen Politics
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The exit of the late Kuwaiti emir and crown prince in August 1990 is considered the most important step which killed invader Saddam Hussein’s dream of eliminating the legitimacy of the Kuwaiti state. After invading Kuwait, the then-Iraqi president tried with all possible means to impose his legiti [ … ]

Qatar taps into retail growth
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Higher income levels, together with greater choice for consumers and changes in shopping patterns, are set to drive growth in Qatar’s retail sector, despite mall operators finding themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Kuwait’s retailers face uncertain times
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Long established as a destination for major brands, Kuwait has witnessed steady retail expansion in recent years, but falling oil prices and forecasts of a budget deficit risk clouding the outlook for 2015.

Saudi home loan growth rate to cool
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A boom in bank lending in Saudi Arabia may have reached its peak as tighter credit conditions and weaker private sector activity could curb loan growth this year despite a long-term undersupply of property for sale in the Saudi Arabian market.

GCC building construction, interiors markets buoyant
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Saudi Interior Contracting and Fit-out Market biggest with a 43% share at $3.4b UAE second, valued at $2.3 billion, represents 31% of market

Culture seen as key contributor to society in EU Neighbourhood
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Culture is seen as having a key role in social wellbeing and economic development by citizens across Europe’s Neighbourhood, as well as contributing to greater tolerance, according to the Autumn 2014 EU Neighbourhood Barometer just released.

Yemen: Too much donor aid on paper, not enough in practice
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It’s been four years since Yemen witnessed a popular revolt against corruption and injustice. But Yemen has not stabilized since. Back in September 2012, hopes were high that Yemen was on the path to political transition.

We need Arab boots on the ground to defeat ISIS
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After the burning alive of Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz Al-Kasasbeh by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a strong response—international in nature, but Arab at its core—is needed,

Libya, a new terror theatre in a larger arena
Libya Politics
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The horrifying seaside slaughter of 20 innocent Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian opens a new chapter in the war against wanton terrorist violence, whose perpetrators are hell-bent on pushing Islam—as a whole—on a collision course with world civilizations.

For Egypt not to fall in the ISIS trap
Egypt Politics

The U.N. Security Council and international community saved Egypt from falling into a trap which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) set for it. The international community did so by rejecting President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s call for an international military intervention in Libya.

Bahrain brings new utility projects to light
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Major investments are underway in Bahrain to reinforce the electricity grid and broaden distribution as the kingdom tries to keep up with increasing demand for power.

Algeria Year in Review 2014
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Hydrocarbons-rich Algeria benefited from steady growth in 2014 even amid declining crude prices, thanks in part to strong public spending and increased manufacturing activity.

Egypt ready to roll out massive project to build homes
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Construction is soon to begin on the first phase of a long-awaited government plan in Egypt to develop one million new homes, adding to a building boom and infrastructure projects already under way across the country to spur economic growth.

Fall from grace: Hezbollah in the eyes of Sunni Syrians
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Anti-Assad Syrian activists say 'the axis of resistance' would have remained intact had Hezbollah and Iran stayed neutral in 2011 uprisingSyria's Sunni majority helped Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah when it came under Israeli assault in 2006

IEA says Middle East militancy poses ‘major challenge’ for oil
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The rise of ISIS Iraq and Syria presents a major challenge for the investment necessary to prevent an oil shortage in the next decade, the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) top economist said on Tuesday.

EU releases €212 million to support the Palestinian people
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The EU has released the first tranche of its 2015 financial support to the Palestinian Authority and to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), totalling €212 million.

Which Arab cities are growing fastest?
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The Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program recently released their Global Metromonitor for 2013-2014. This fourth edition of the report analyzes the performance of the world’s 300 largest metropolitan areas on their annualized Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates per capita and employment.

Assad is no better than Saddam
Syria Politics
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The Syrian people are being oppressed, humiliated and killed by a criminal and tyrannical regime. This is the only view that any rational, objective and just person can have of the Syrian revolution, and this is the right view.


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