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Gulf Investment Corporation's Russell Read On The Alpha And Beta Of Commodities Investing

By CFA Institute Contributors: By Raghu Mandagolathur, CFA At this year's Middle East Investment Conference, Russell Read, CFA, had a tough task. The chief investment officer and deputy chief executive of the Gulf Investment Corporation...Show More Summary

Starwood Offering Double and Triple Points from May Through July

Starwood’s new promotion, Earn Away, Get Away, is double points for three months — with stays that include a Sunday night earning triple points (stays in the Middle East that include a Saturday night will earn triple points instead)....Show More Summary

IN THE MAIL: From Caroline Glick, The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle Ea…

IN THE MAIL: From Caroline Glick, The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East. Also, today only at Amazon: Sling Media Slingbox 350, $99.00 (45% off).

Human rights: After the spring in Libya and Egypt

Last week, the Lowy Institute hosted a roundtable examining human rights in the Middle East, which featured human rights defender Hassan al-Amin and Tirana Hassan from Human Rights Watch. Hassan al-Amin fled Libya to be a dissident in...Show More Summary

The rise of jihadism in Syria and Egypt

Launched last week, Anthony Bubalo's Next –gen Jihad in the Middle East has attracted much media attention for its argument that current conditions in the Middle East are worse than those that saw the emergence of al Qaeda. As Lateline quipped, Syria could be the new Afghanistan. Show More Summary

Aussie Killed By Drone Strike In Yemen

Australia was yesterday violently and tragically dragged into the drone war being waged on terror by the United States in the Middle East, after an Australian with alleged terrorist ties was reportedly killed by a remote drone strike. More »      

The United States and Israel: What Now for the “Honest Broker”?

yesterdayNews : News Desk

Was there ever a more predictable end to a Middle East peace effort than the demise of John Kerry’s recent initiative? Earlier this year, in a rare effort to be optimistic, I suggested this could be the Secretary of State’s year, noting...Show More Summary

One Third of Middle East Audiences Find Hollywood Content Morally Harmful

A survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar in partnership with Doha Film Institute, the first of its kind in the region, indicates that 68 percent would support banning offensive materials. read more

Schlumberger Earnings Preview: Watching The North American Business

We expect the company's earnings to improve on a year-over-year basis, driven by higher exploration and production activity in regions such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Malaysia Reports First Asian Death From MERS Virus

(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Malaysia’s health ministry said the Muslim man returned to Malaysia on March 29…

Pro-Feminists & Metrosexuals: The New Arab Men of the Millennial Generation

(By Khaled Diab via Your Middle East ) A growing number of Arab men are not only championing the rights of women but also challenging traditional ideals of masculinity. Sexual harassment in…

Topaz secures another West Africa contract

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today announced a new contract win for

What To Do After Peace Process Failure

Paul R. Pillar Now that Secretary of State Kerry's attempt to breathe life into the diplomacy known as the Middle East peace process has been widely pronounced—even by those who appropriately salute his efforts—to be a failure, different quarters are chiming in with recommendations for what to do next about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Show More Summary

High prices achieved by Himalayan bronzes and Indian paintings at Arthur Millner's auction

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Over 300 varied lots from the Near, Middle and Far East were included in specialist Arthur Millner?s online auction of Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian Works of Art. The Himalayan bronzes and Indian paintings attracted particular attention from an expanding worldwide online audience, with many lots exceeding their estimates. Show More Summary

AP Names Beirut Bureau Chief, Reuters Adds Federal Reserve Reporter

A couple moves to note today, involving the Associated Press and Reuters. Details are below. Zeina Karam has been named the AP’s new Beirut bureau chief. Karam has covered the Middle East for the AP for almost 20 years. She is succeeding Elizabeth...Show More Summary

Jordan-based Accelerator and Fund Expands Across the Middle East

A Jordanian startup accelerator and early stage investment program is raising cash for a new fund to help expand across the Arab world, where a stream of new funding platforms are betting on the region’s budding tech scene.

Russia and the Ukraine: The Energy Angle Part 2

Prior to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, the United States tried to re-engage Russia as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Moscow has at least one concrete interest that is the same as Washington: radical Islamic jihadism is a national security threat in Moscow. read more

Eight Hopeful Legacies of the Arab Spring

3 days agoNews : News Desk

More than three years after the Arab Spring began, the political situation in the Middle East is depressing. In Syria, a brutal civil war continues, with the forces of Bashar al-Assad gaining the upper hand. In Egypt, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has overseen a drastic crackdown on political opponents, looks likely to be elected as President. Show More Summary

Fatal MERS Virus Outbreak Surges Throughout Middle East

The deadly virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), has seen a surge of cases reported throughout Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the entire Middle East. The Wall Street Journal reported that the UAE announced six confirmed cases among paramedics alone over the weekend, one of whom has died from the illness. Show More Summary

Middle East Sees Spike in Cases of Lethal Virus

A respiratory virus identified in 2012 has since claimed 92 lives—and recent days have seen cases soar. Last week, Saudi Arabia reported 15 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome within four days; this weekend, the United Arab Emirates announced that paramedics were the victims in six additional cases....

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