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Seven Emirates, One Nation

The United Arab Emirates turns 45 on December 2nd By Arfa Shahid and Leila Hatoum In early February 1968, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, agreed to establish a union between their emirates. The idea had been debated long before 1968, and

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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The Trump Effect: Possible Recession

By Christopher Dembik Trump as President Could Surprise on the Upside The question that many investors have is whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory constitutes a real breach from the perspective of financial markets. Until now, the answer is no. No one has been able to predict the exact measures that Trump will implement once

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A Time for Change

Kuwait’s opposition and newcomers win 24 of 50 parliamentary seats By Abdullah Alelyan Kuwait’s November 26 parliamentary elections were by far the most controversial public voting in the country over the past decade, as many Kuwaitis refused to reelect most outgoing members of the Parliament (MPs) who are considered “government deputies.” Allegations of political money being

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Old Rivals, New Rules: Riyadh and Tehran Eye Washington’s Shifting Policies

By Camelia Entikhabifard Years ago, much to the dismay of their strongest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama decided to pursue a diplomatic channel to negotiate with Tehran. More than Iran’s regional escapades, the West was concerned about the Persian state’s advanced nuclear program. To curb Iran’s ambition of becoming capable

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Mankind’s Latest Evolution

Robots are taking over your job…and there’s nothing you can do. By Amro Zakaria Abdu Human advancement throughout history can largely be credited to our ability to invent machines that increase our productivity and efficiency. Those tools allowed us to overcome the physical limitations of the human body and that of the animals we used, and

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Business Outlook: Trump Presidency’s Impact on Gold and Oil Outlooks

By Hussein Sayyed Since the day that President-elect Donald Trump unexpectedly won the U.S. elections, the sliding gold price has signaled an unanticipated risk on investor mood. Instead of money flowing to safe-haven investments like gold, it appears that the markets are instead taking confidence from the end of uncertainty over who will lead the U.S.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kurdish Intel Chief Lahur Talabani

Kurdish Intel chief: Without post-Daesh plan, history will repeat itself in Iraq and Syria By Tanya Goudsouzian Lahur Talabani’s journey to the forefront of the global war on terror began in the spring of 2002. It was a year after the 9/11 attacks had Americans questioning their intelligence failures in Afghanistan and the greater Middle East

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The Displaced

Mosul residents fleeing Daesh’s hell to cold Kurdish-controlled camps By Cathy Otten During the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh, Nujud Ali, 45, lay on the ground, wounded by a bullet that had just shot straight through her right shoulder and out of her back, knocking her over. The hail of bullets greeted her when she

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The U.S. at a Crossroad

It wasn’t Donald Trump’s victory, but rather Hillary Clinton’s loss. By Steen Jakobsen  Like Brexit, the U.S. vote was never about personalities or issues. Had the ìissuesî meant anything to U.S. voters, neither Clinton nor Trump would have made it to the ticket in November. The very fact that someone like Donald Trump could lead

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