The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is a gold mine waiting to happen. It is reported that the MENA gas wealth could last over 30 years. That is encouraging news for the region. Major Gulf players and...
Ever since the LIBOR rigging scandal broke out, there have been different people who looked to close the Pandora’s Box in one way or the other - from market officials who wanted a quick solution and substitution of the...
Whither the Gulf? Towards Economic Diversification (This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) With the Arab Spring or Winter of Arab Discontent throwing up conflicting signals, the Middle East Institute, Singapore, made a notable attempt to explore the relevance and impact...
By M.S. Shah Jahan Crude oil has reigned supreme for most of the last century but the grim reality is that peak oil is already here. The term "peak oil" doesn't mean that there isn't any more oil in the...

The Asian Bond Bubble

There is a strong sentiment being felt in the market right now which says that as credit markets in the West see an outflow of funds due to deepening eurozone crisis and a floor on the interest rates, more...
Few years ago, a small rural town in Spain twinned with a similar town in Greece. The Mayor of the Greek town visited the Spanish town. When he saw the palatial mansion belonging to the Spanish mayor, he wondered...
Even better, slap me…. And call yourself a GOOD Muslim! Or in this case, beat the living daylights and burn the hair off of an anti-government-decision activist in a public gathering just because you claim to have an upper hand...
Despite the Kingdom?s advances in oil & gas, telecom, education and healthcare, one aspect of its modern society remains trapped in a time-warp:? Saudi women are still prohibited from driving a car.? A pair of precedents comes to mind. The...
Friday saw a spike in international markets, as Asia, Europe and America felt positively about the rhetoric coming out of the EU summit. All indexes gained and rallied while there were huge gains seen on the commodity markets as...
Here's how it goes, whenever my husband comes home with a big smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye and a certain look that he gives me that says what a wonderful world! I know that...
There doesn?t seem to be any closure for the elusive e-coli and the blame game still continues. European Countries has been playing child?s games by accusing each other for the deadly E-coli outbreak, first it was Spanish cucumbers, and then...
When she walks into the room, people take note of her. At six feet tall, she?s an imposing figure who favours well-cut suites, speaks perfect English and boasts negotiating skills honed during 24 years as a corporate lawyer, six...
(This article was first published on?http://english.alarabiya.net) Asia?s growth rate has signalled the shift in the balance of economic power from West to East. But, while the discourse on Asia?s economic power translating into political and military power is yet to...
The technological glitch at Knight Capital Group was not the first time that technology had reared its ugly head in trading and led to massive fluctuations in different stocks. Before that it was the flash crash of May when...
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...

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...
Whither the Gulf? Towards Knowledge Economy N. Janardhan (This article was first published on http://english.alarabiya.net) A fortnight ago, my column focussed on identifying economic diversification ? particularly during a period of high oil prices ? as one of several possible reasons for...

Sweet Bomb

The intelligence agency MI6 (made famous by James Bond movies) launched a cyber operation (a hack) to teach would be terrorists the art of making fairy cupcakes instead of tips on how to build bombs. That?s sweet. The cyber-operation was...
What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to accelerate your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping your...
The attention of much of the Arab world has recently been focused on the landmark Arab League summit, held between 27 and 29 March, the first to be held in Iraq since 1990.  Going forwards, however, preparations are already...
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai hosts a high-level summit this week in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust, to discuss food security and sustainable agriculture in the Gulf countries. Dr. Geoffrey Hawtin, Senior Advisor at...
Uncle Sam has decided to police the world in a more modern method than military invasion, The World Wide Web. The United States of America now regards internet access as a human rights under the freedom of expression. Thereby the...