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...
Gone are the days when things were simple and normal, when men were discovered cheating by their wives either directly or through a private investigators. Oh the good old days! Then we emerged into a new era of the cable...

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has unanimously voted Ban Ki Moon as the new secretary general, making this his second term in the office. The South Korean diplomat was elected by the 192 member body and will start...

IMF Seat Beckons

Christine Lagarde, the French Finance Minister is expected to be chosen as the new leader of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to media reports, Lagarde has widespread support in Europe and from the Middle East. If Lagarde gets the...
Cartoons simply will never go out of fashion. Regardless of the advent of technology, creativity is always captured in cartoons. Some funny while others can get you into trouble. One such man who got into trouble in Egypt is Telecoms...
Despite the widespread call from emerging economies for their candidate to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the IMF board announced on Tuesday that it has selected French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for the position. With Lagarde clinching on...
With 900,000 Iraqis unemployed and a minimum of 6,000 illegal foreign workers in Iraq, the government has little sympathy for foreigners who have come here to take menial jobs as housekeepers or restaurant workers. And authorities say immigrants are...
Its boom time for private bankers as they target the rich amidst political unrest in Middle East. Banks such as UBS AG and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) are targeting the rich people for wealth management operations....

The Swiss government has announced that it has frozen 27 million Swiss francs ($31.8 million dollars) belonging to senior officials in the Syrian regime. According to the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Economy of Switzerland these assets were frozen...
In 1994,South Africa celebrated the departure of apartheid that was legalized in 1948. Like colonialism and imperialism,South Sudan on Saturday welcomed its independence after almost half a century in bondage. The independence is seen by analysts as the most...
Saudi Arabia's labor ministry issued new laws affecting women at the workplace, on Sunday. According to the new rules, only women may work in lingerie and cosmetic stores. Men will be forbidden from entering these type of shops. Such...
The British government has decided to step up its security measures, especially after the unrest in the Arab world. It has decided to set up an early warning system to identify and prevent unrest in high-risk areas where it...
Rioting, the new phenomenon in London, is the most happening word of action at present. After holding countrywide riots, and causing a lot of disorder and mayhem, the public is now offering to play janitor, and clean up their...
A month ago the U.K. was rocked by the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World, at that time the insatiable British appetite for dirt was blamed. Now we have witnessed one of the most horrific riots...
A child dies of hunger every six minutes in Somalia as the Horn of Africa battles its worst famine in history. The UAE has been among the most prominent respondents to the crisis, going a long way to gather and...
U.S President Barack Obama announced he is going to bring a new proposal for an economic stimulus package, in line with the package announced in 2009. The package, which would be introduced in Congress in September, aims to lower...
US Vice President Joseph Biden's trip to China is a reciprocation of Chinese top leaders visit to the US, according to a White House statement. Biden will be heading to Mongolia and Japan after the trip to Beijing. Leaders...
By Gisela Perez-Mauri The United States and the European Union have called on the Syrian President to resign, after days of widespread condemnation by the UN Security Council and several Arab countries for the severe repression against civilians which is...
In another embarrassing revelation on how Western corporations prior to the Arab Spring uprising in Libya collaborated with the Gaddafi regime, the Wall Street Journal exposes how these firms, as well as a South African and Chinese company, were...
French leader Nicolas Sarkozy proposes UN observer status as interim solution to end 20 years of fruitless talks ByGisela Perez-Mauri, United Nations, New York. Shortly after addressing the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed...