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Burning The Midnight Oil

Saudi Arabia’s refusal to budge on oil prices has won it few friends BY Omar Al Ubaydli “You can’t run a business based on sympathies,” the controversial billionaire oil broker, Marc Rich once said. The business of oil is no different; it lubricates the region. And as the price of oil has taken a hit

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As the Dust Settles

By Aysegul Sert Mathias Énard, the winner of France’s prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, sits down for an exclusive interview with Newsweek Middle East French novelist Mathias Énard is back in Paris late one morning, exhaustion curling the lines of his round face, a few days after the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13th. The

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The Hippocratic Death Warrant

Syrian government forces are targeting doctors as a weapon of war BY Lucy Westcott The number of doctors in Syria’s rebel-held eastern Aleppo has been reduced to no more than 80, as the vast majority have been killed or fled, according to nonprofit Physicians for Human Rights. The city is divided into two sections, with

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The Fed is Unlikely To Cut Rates

Crude prices may fall further BY Nouraldin Al Hammoury The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) shocked the markets recently with a recessionary signal, as it dropped below the 50 key mark for the first time since 2012. This constitutes the largest decline and worst reading since 2009 when the PMI dropped to a 48.6

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The Pursuit of Justice

Will boycotting Israel change it from within? BY BEN WHITE Israel’s ongoing military occupation of the West Bank and enforced siege on Gaza Strip, with its illegal policies from land colonization and settlements to blockade and collective punishment, has led to mounting frustration with the country’s conduct in political circles internationally. At the level of

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Into the Valley of Death

100 years after Sykes-Picot, Britain and France return to Syria BY Michael Stephens AFTER weeks of hand-wringing and heated debate, the United Kingdom has now joined the coalition in extended military actions in Syria. So far the impact has been fairly limited. U.K. bombs have only fallen on isolated Daesh-controlled oil fields in eastern Syria.

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Britain Reacts

The public response to Syria airstrikes has been mixed BY Sunny Hundal A COUNTRY where leaders follow the baser instincts of voters and tabloid media is always open to manipulation. So one way to explain the U.K.’s decision to send warplanes to Syria is that Daesh has managed to exploit public opinion. And so Daesh

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Food For Thought

New government regulations to curb price hikes in the UAE markets BY Anna Yazijyan Food prices are expected to drop in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a new federal regulation that should be implemented shortly, according to traders well informed. “I think we should see the [food] prices go down soon,” Essa Al Ghurair,

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Let My Country Awake

Bangladesh is slowly being riven apart BY Nazmus Sakib Nirjhor When his autopsy had drawn to a close, the doctors at the Forensic Department of Dhaka Medical College declared that there were signs of fatal strikes to the head of Faisal Arefin Dipan; his spinal cord had been severed. Dipan was the owner of Jagriti

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GEN LOST

A quiet tragedy is unfolding for the children of jordan’s refugee camps By Maysa Zureikat For 14-year-old Omaymah Hoshan, a Syrian refugee, education remains a priority. The young girl attends a school for Syrian refugees in the Za’atari camp in the northern Mafraq governorate of Jordan. “I look forward to completing my studies and becoming

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