Chasing India's currency problem. It seems that India is constantly a step behind in the present investor confidence plunge in the country. With a lack of control over the falling currency, investors are leaving the country as capital outflows increase. The efforts...
Over the past weeks, I've been dismayed at the degree of intolerance and rigidity in the positions of quarreling parties within Egypt, with both taking defensive attitudes as they continue to not listen to each other. Hearts stiffened and...
As centuries ago as now, we find many policymakers, politicians, and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard a shrewd political craft. They simply justify this double play as a mean to attain goals and preserve...
Is it okay to assume that the overwhelming rush of smartphones and tablets have made notebooks the endangered species of the gadget world? If you assume that notion, then you are mistaken. Terribly mistaken. While some technologies do get...
With the approval of the EFSF funds by the IMF, there is a wave of cautious optimism in the financial markets about the prospects of the Greek economy moving forward. With smiles on their faces and shakes of the hand,...
The images of the Gulf Oil Spill caused by the negligence of BP are still fresh in people’s minds. President Obama’s early days in office saw the oil spill take place, and continuous efforts were ongoing to plug the...
Let me start by saying that it took me a long time to write this article. A lot of thought and informal interviews went towards giving you my opinion on an incident that happened recently in Dubai. The incident as...
Demand and supply are the basic fundamental pillars of any economy. Having a 'good' and having people supply that 'good' allow for the smooth functioning of markets. Well informed buyers and sellers use their knowledge in order to get...
With the commodity markets experiencing a fresh bout of volatility, and the Fed unsure of what future stimulus will be offered, and the IMF downgrading global economic growth, there seems to be stagnation in the economy which is proving...
If ever a country had the gift of being placed in the best geographical position on the map, it is Egypt. There they are, with the Mediterranean to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the east...
On June 30, the focus of most people and governments were on the Tahrir Square, in Cairo, where the scheduled mass demonstrations were to be held in opposition to the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, and against the dominance of...
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. There must be a need and some level of demand, in order to create a supply chain for a good or a service, which then aggregates into a 'value chain' behind...
To analyse a revolution is like analysing an earthquake. Both are unpredictable and tumultuous and are an outburst of unexpected expression which overturns the status-quo dramatically. That one is naturally occurring, while the other is manmade, does dampen the...
It is interesting to note that the value of some assets are based on their 'likeability' and some can provide hedging options against financial disasters. Gold inspires an emotional response among people, called 'likeability' which can trigger impulse-buying and is...
Ever since the Cold war ended, there has been a tentative and indecisive power structure reigning over the world. With the U.S. learning to walk without a substantive nation-state enemy, it was establishing itself as the new unipolar world...
As JFK said; "A rising tide lifts all boats." As the world economy improves, regional economies are rising on a tide of success created in other countries. Now that we are living in an evermore globalized world, nations are no...
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In this op-ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli discusses the crux of the Middle East and Arab dilemma; and makes suggestions so that to establish security and peace in the world. Whenever you get involved in a political discussion concerning the question of...
Does friendship have an expiry date? This is the question I have been asking all the people around me for the past week. Having lost a friend or two along the way, I always think about the reasons for this breakup. Most...
Kuwait will spend USD 100 billion on the nation's domestic energy sector over the next 5 years - and for the first time, some of that investment is earmarked for renewable energy. By 2030, 15% of Kuwait’s total energy mix will be...
By Gabriele Rutkauskaite Sir Richard Branson is the head of The Virgin Group. As a billionaire and an innovator, he impresses a lot of people with his ideas, but as opposed to other billionaires, Branson did not study in a prestigious...
Nile dams. The Nile River Basin Initiative can provide clean power to 375 million East African citizens. East Africa population may exceed 760 million people by 2030 (currently it is 375 million) – while Egypt’s population could exceed 140 million...
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Though the Arab Spring brought a form of political liberation to Libya, it also led to a GDP loss of around 28.3 percent, or USD 6.5 billion for the Libyan economy. Before the Arab Spring, Libya exported 1.8 million barrels of...
World energy consumption increases every year while the kinds of energy we use is changing, and environmental standards are (unequally) improving worldwide. In short, we are using more energy - but it is 'cleaner' energy. Most of the world's energy...
After a long busy day, many people search the web or switch on their cable television to know what is happening in this uncertain world. On every international news channel and portal website, they see guiltless people are being...
Solar desalination projects in the MENA region will shape the future. Solar power and water desalination, it turns out, go together like bread and butter. Who knew? The MENA region is increasingly dependent on desalinated water, as the region's standard of...
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 3 million years. After resting comfortably below 300ppm for the past 30,000 centuries, CO2 levels in the planetary atmosphere have suddenly jumped...
A growing and forward thinking organisation called the C40 Initiative, promotes sustainable development for the world’s cities. C40 cities are conducting empirical research to perfect ways to lower CO2 levels and employ programmes such as ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ within city...
If you live in India, you get used to the glaring disparity between the rich and poor. It’s a peaceful co-existence, one that is almost criminal. It desensitizes you to look the other way. While acknowledging the stark economic divide, India still has...