Articles from MAY2017

JORDAN: narrowing the gender gap with EBRD support

Opportunities for Jordanian women do exist but they need to be opened up

The EBRD is providing a loan of up to $ 2 million in local currency to the Microfund for Women (MFW) for on-lending to female entrepreneurs in Jordan. Access to finance through banks remains extremely limited for micro, small and … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

Turkey creates new city for Syrian orphans

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Turkey has opened a huge centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria, the BBC reports. The complex, Orphans City, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

IRAN: Khomeini’s grandson latest political heavyweight to back Rouhani

President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

The  grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has publicly thrown his weight behind President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election bid, writes Rohollah Faghini. Seyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, announced his support for the moderate Rouhani, who is … Continue reading

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OMAN: foreign ownership in MSM stock declines

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Foreign investors are offloading shares on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM), which has resulted in a marginal dilution of non-Omani holdings on the local bourse, according to reports in Muscat. With a drop in crude oil and natural gas prices … Continue reading

Category: Business

IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

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Ending years of a hands-off approach, the United States is stepping up its involvement in the deadly conflict in Syria by supplying heavy weapons to Syrian Kurds for an offensive against the Islamic State (IS), writes Thomas Seibert. The move … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia signs $multi-billion deal with Trump

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Saudi/US deals; $multi-billion deals between US & Saudi Arabia; The Middle East magazine Continue reading

Category: Interviews

UAE: Top 10 banks

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The GCC banking sector recorded lower returns in 2016, particularly due to increased provisioning and impairment charges as loan asset quality remained under pressure, Gulf Business confirmed in a recently published special report. In the UAE, the banking sector posted a 6.3 per … Continue reading

Category: Business

EGYPT: UN predicts population problems ahead

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The United Nations Population Fund has released a report on the population status in Egypt for 2016, in cooperation with the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera), warning against the risks of population growth and saying that current and … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug videos featuring young soccer star Mohamed Salah (above), as part of its “You Are Stronger than Drugs” campaign launched in … Continue reading

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