The crisis in Syria has its roots in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, but U.S. and Russian diplomats seem to be turning towards solutions once again. The world sits at the verge of its destruction. Russia and the U.S....
It seems the Indian rupee is still susceptible to volatile price swings -- first seen in the 1990's -- and that vulnerability was recently exposed when the rupee fell to an all-time low of nearly 70 rupees per dollar. The...
The recent fall in prices of gold are in line with Goldman Sachs assessment of the metal and 'gold bugs' are watching to see if Goldman is proven correct once more. Recent price drops are rooted in reality, while some...
The nomination of the new Fed Chairman has raised key questions about the effects on world markets and new policy going forward. As Larry Summers drops out of contention to become the next Federal Reserve Chairman, it seems the new...

Merkel’s biggest test

The election of Angela Merkel for a third term highlights lingering and new issues that she will face and how her legacy is defined by her agenda. That Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term shows she has...
Every now and then, you read some comments or hear people blaming Muslims and Arabs for the ongoing chaos and unending violence currently happening throughout the world. At large, people, mainly those living in the north-western hemisphere, criticize most...
Shinzo Abe's sales tax hike is seen as a political and economic gamble but it is a necessary measure that will allow Japan to get its economy back on track. It seems that the much acclaimed Abenomics has managed to achieve another...
It was not just a memorable holiday in one of the world’s most naturally captivating places, but a historical, political and sociological crash course on the oft-quoted ‘idea’ of India. Forty-two years after being born an Indian, I saw India...
Today's ECB meeting and subsequent speech by Draghi will shape the future outlook in the markets and will define future policy directions. Words used by influential policymakers often work effectively to shape the future of the financial markets. ECB Chairman,...
The first thing any individual needs to do when they undertake any sort of financial planning is to seek out a reputable and regulated advisor and firm. There are many firms to choose from, particularly in the Middle East....
There’s a growing concern that the advancement of technology will eventually outpace humans’ capacity to keep up. A man named Alvin Toffler wrote about this during the 70’s in his book titled ‘Future Shock’, a term he coined, defined...
If you intend to visit an Arab country, you will likely come across many indignant people criticizing the so-called international community for being a self-serving gathering of countries or an interest group. No matter where you will be, whether...
Global Water Distress: Water is a basic requirement for humanity, yet for 783 million people, water is a somewhat unattainable luxury. Eleven percent of the global population doesn't have access to clean drinking water, according to the African Wildlife Foundation...
While analyses have abounded examining the details of the “secret” talks and evaluating the positions of the negotiating parties in the Middle East peace process, prominent Israeli writers have intensified their efforts, on “Israel's imminent existential threat” with much...
For all of us the New Year represents a lovely, large, blank canvas, which is all yours to paint in whichever colors you choose. So what do you want to achieve in 2014? A good New Year list will...
by Nicholas Brown. People often argue about whether the economy or the environment is more important. As they are both critical, we must find a way to protect both. Fortunately, much can be done for both the environment without compromising...
by Nicholas Brown. Many of the world's countries have been trying to address current or impending water shortages, adopt renewable energy sources, and more. However, while some have made strides, others are struggling. They need ideas, and Masdar is addressing this...
by John Brian Shannon. For many, this is the time of year when we count our blessings and look forward to the new year with expectant hope. For all its pending concerns, 2014 looks to be a year of opportunity...
Despite the presence of so many transnational problems, Iran’s nuke program and the Syrian dilemma are by far the most controversial issues on the international political theater. Navigating away from discussing over again the machinated failure of the international...
Marrakech the Ocher City of light will finally have a Grand Museum of Islamic Art worthy of the name  Founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, first ruler of the Almoravid dynasty, Marrakech is at once imperial city, city of light,...
Nizami Ganjavi or the genius of the golden age of Muslims in the twelfth century Once upon a time, was a storyteller of genius who told stories about society in a small scale and about humanity on a universal scale....
Now as thirty-four months ago, on every international and regional news TV you would watch, or transnational newspaper you might read, or human rights websites you explore, you will find analytical articles condemning the ongoing Syrian bloodbath. You will also come upon...
Are you stumped in Dubai about guiding your gastronomical choices and are facing a dilemma about where to go out for dinner one night? Try simplify your life by choosing out the brand new restaurant IRIS rooftop restaurant and bar...
A prudent strategy for watering down the water crisis in Delhi is to merge water management with the urban development master plan The Unachievable Election Promise When AAP, the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) included the promise of 700 litres...
Facebook completes a Decade: From then to now...and to the future...the Facebook Journey On 3rd February, Mark Zuckerberg put up a very poignant post on his Facebook wall. The message spoke of the decade-long journey of Facebook, its evolution over...
Saudis could face a five-year jail term and up to $800,000 fines for sending offensive tweets Saudi based lawyer Humoud Al-Khaldi told Arab News that "penal action would be taken against offenders in compliance with Article 6 of the Anti-Cyber...
Held in Feb every year, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships features some of the best tennis players in the world both in the men's and women's game. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is a favourite venue amongst all...
The Dubai Food Festival is gastronomists' paradise enriching their palate and their culinary experience beyond compare. Foodies mark your calendars!!! For three weeks, from 21st February to 15th March, the Dubai Food Festival will be on, presenting the entire world on...
Vienna takes the top spot, Baghdad ranks lowest Dubai ranked the top city in the Middle East and Africa region, with Abu Dhabi coming at a close 78th in global ranking Vienna is the city with the world’s best quality of...
There’s sense of heightened anticipation that surrounds every movie buff and enthusiast, come the months of February and March. Each year, without fail, the Oscars bring in the feeling of ‘everything-is going-to-fall-into-place’ as far as adjudication of the best...
Sometimes we wish we were birds. Flying to innumerable places, seeing the world through eyes unencumbered by boundaries and restrictions. But where our idealistic dreams of being birds and soaring across the world map may be left short-changed, there...
In the wake of the Second World War, the presence of powerful international and regional organizations, which can preserve peace and play effective mediatory roles between nations, emerged as an imperative requirement to all nations. To address that global need, international...
You are probably aware that Linked is the world's most popular professional networking site. You've also heard from your friends and colleagues how they got a job or switched their career with the help of LinkedIn. Now, LinkedIn has come...
Recruitment process and HR practice in the Middle East still has a lot to improve, as is evident from the below examples.   Just like any other professional in the region, I have had my fair share of interviews and encounters...
The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 has demoted communism and socialism to the least importance upon which capitalistic notions flourished all around the world. Since then, the dominant economic trends revolve around the economic theory of deregulation...
The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is happening in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the...
The moral pattern of politics has degenerated very often over the past six decades or so. Then, politicians and people’s representatives were primarily picked out for their governance skills, civil commitment, moral principles, and human values before other qualities....
In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the current security situations and political dilemma in the Middle East in view of ISIS savagery. In June 2014, a major offensive launched by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria...
In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the chronic impotency of UN and failure of the Security Council to maintain world order, resolve conflicts and enforce peace. On January 1920, fourteen months after the end of the First World War,...