Archive for: Iraq

European Union flooded with migrants and asylum seekers

European Union flooded with migrants and asylum seekers

EU member states are tightening border controls and introducing security checks to limit the unrestricted inflow of refugees. Analysis by IHS: Bottom line Cargo and transport disruption risks are currently most severe in Calais, but are likely to expand to a wider geographical area in the three-month outlook. EU member […]

 
 

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

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 month after the end of the First World War, the League of Nations (LN) was founded to maintain world […]

 
 

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the current security situations and political dilemma in the Middle East in view of ISIS savagery. Last June, a major offensive launched by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria (ISIS), also known as “The Islamic State” (IS), succeeded in no […]

 
 

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS Harun Yahya in this opinion piece advocates that Turkey should always be on the side of diplomacy, soft-power, and effectively administer an intellectual struggle to defeat the opponents that resort to violence and persecution.  The whole world turned their attention towards […]

 
 

The Syrian Tunnel and the Hijacked Spring

The Syrian Tunnel and the Hijacked Spring

The Syrian tunnel and the Spring When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. When Egypt joined Tunisia a few weeks later, hopes mounted and everyone […]

 
 

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The UN Assembly in New York considered the U.S. strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Following various meetings, speeches in the General Assembly and various statements by the Turkish delegation, reports to the effect that ‘Turkey has promised to play a greater role in the campaign against ISIL’ immediately began […]

 
 

What will change with Abadi?

What will change with Abadi?

With a new Prime Minister for the country, Iraq needs embracing and uniting policies, says Harun Yahya. Efforts to establish a government in Iraq are still continuing. Although former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared victory and his re-election in the wake of the elections on April 30th, he was not […]

 
 

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

The moral pattern of politics has degenerated many times 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 earlier times, the cost for election pledge-breaking, ill-advised lawmaking and […]

 
 

Defence Outlays Decrease Globally, Spike in Middle East: SIPRI Survey

Defence Outlays Decrease Globally, Spike in Middle East: SIPRI Survey

Defence expenditure forms one of the core fiscal expenditures of countries with millions of dollars being spent by governments to ensure that their defence system is up-to date and bolstered with highly refined arsenal. Defence expenditures aren’t however mindlessly carried out, but are carefully applied strategies that are subject to […]

 
 

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

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 organizations and regional leagues, such as the United Nations (UN), the League of […]

 
 

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Now as thirty-four months ago, on every international and regional news channel you watch, transnational newspaper you read or human rights centered websites you explore, you will find analytical articles condemning the ongoing Syrian bloodbath.  You will also come upon uncountable number of commentaries preaching the necessity for direct negotiation […]

 
 

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

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 community to stop the first massacre of the 21st century (the terrorizing […]

 
 

Obama Foreign Policy Puts Arab-U.S. Alliance at Risk

Obama Foreign Policy Puts Arab-U.S. Alliance at Risk

If you intend to visit any Arab country, you are likely going to come across many indignant people criticizing the so-called international community for being a mere self-serving interest group. No matter where you are, whether at street corners, cafes, recreational facilities, social clubs or at any political gathering, you […]

 
 

Iraq “the next big one” says TNS Expert

Iraq “the next big one” says TNS Expert

Iraq “the next big one” says TNS Expert Kurdistan & Basra consider current economic situation ‘very good’ Iraq has considerable untapped growth potential and is seen by many as “The next big one”, according to Steve Hamilton-Clark, CEO of TNS MENA one of the world’s largest custom market research organisations. […]

 
 

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

  As centuries ago as now, we find many policy makers, politicians and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard is a shrewd political craft. They simply justify and identify this double play as a mean to attain goals of interest. Apart from the far-flung stigmatization […]

 
 

Majority of Internet users in Iraq have Facebook account

Majority of Internet users in Iraq have Facebook account

News, Reality TV shows popular with Iraqis TV shows in Arabic language widely watched, with Arab Idol the most popular show 77.9% of Internet users on social media A new comprehensive survey from the Arab Advisors Group probed the media consumption habits in Iraq. The survey provides insights into the […]

 
 

Erbil Iraq real estate market shows potential

Erbil Iraq real estate market shows potential

Erbil Iraq real estate shows potential for growth. Erbil is the fourth largest city in Iraq after Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. It is located 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Mosul, and is the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan. Erbil is considered as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities […]

 
 

When America Leads From Behind

When America Leads From Behind

After a long busy day, many people search the web or switch on their cable television, to know what is coming about in this uncertain world. On every international news channel and portal website, they see guiltless people being deliberately harmed, tortured or killed, every day. Around the world, from […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 14 November

Middle East Business News Review – 14 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: UAE invests $200 million in Azerbaijan projects The UAE Deputy Economy Minister Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shihhi said during a joint business forum in Baku on Wednesday his country’s investments in Azerbaijan’s economy exceeded $200 million. […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 7 November

Middle East Business News Review – 7 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Emirates inks deal for 2014 Glasgow Games Emirates Airline was unveiled on Wednesday as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay. The partnership strengthens the Dubai-based […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 5 November

Middle East Business News Review – 5 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: British PM in the UAE to secure arms deal British Prime Minister David Cameron is in the United Arab Emirates to kickoff a three-day trade visit to the Middle East aimed at securing major UK arms deals […]

 
 

Iraq signs gas exploration contract with Pakistan Petroleum

Iraq signs gas exploration contract with Pakistan Petroleum

Iraq announced on Monday it has signed a final gas exploration contract with Pakistan Petroleum to explore gas block 8, covering an area of 6,000 square km in Diyala and Wasit provinces in eastern Iraq. Iraq, holder of the world’s 10th-largest gas reserves, said the gas will be used in the […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 1 November

Middle East Business News Review – 1 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai’s bullish economic growth bears new risks: Citigroup report Citigroup’s chief economist for the Middle East said in a study published on Wednesday Dubai’s exposure to world economy bears downwards risks despite outperforming Abu Dhabi and other major […]

 
 

Paris Gallery to open stores across Iraq

Paris Gallery to open stores across Iraq

Paris Gallery, a Dubai-based perfume, cosmetics and jewelry chain announced on Thursday it has plans to open a shop in Iraq and intends to start its operations early next year. The firm also has plans to open five stores across major cities across Iraq over the next three years. Mohamed […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 23 October

Middle East Business News Review – 23 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Fujairah oil port to become fully operational by year end The Abu-Dhabi – Fujairah pipeline, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year and will carry Abu Dhabi’s […]

 
 

Iraqi cabinet approves $118bn draft budget for 2013

Iraqi cabinet approves $118bn draft budget for 2013

The Iraqi cabinet has approved a 2013 draft budget of 138 trillion Iraqi dinars ($118.6 billion) on Tuesday, and forwarded it to the parliament for final endorsement, the government’s media advisor said. Iraq has the world’s fourth-largest oil reserves and depends on oil revenues to fund 95% of its national […]

 
 

Defiant Kurdistan starts international oil exports

Defiant Kurdistan starts international oil exports

Kurdistan has started selling oil independently in international markets after striking export deals with foreign oil majors last year, a Reuters report said on Tuesday. Baghdad is yet to comment on the latest development, which analysts say will enrage the government as it is still locked in a battle with […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 22 October

Middle East Business News Review – 22 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Global Ports purchases DP World stake in Far East port DP World, the world’s third-largest port operator, said on Monday it has sold its 25% stake in container terminal Vostochnaya Stevedoring Co to Russia’s Global Ports Investment […]

 
 

Iraqi Kurdistan to raise oil exports in 2013 on conditions

Iraqi Kurdistan to raise oil exports in 2013 on conditions

Kurdistan regional government said it is ready to export 250,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in 2013 if the central government pays the autonomous region’s operators. The move is widely been seen as an effort to ease dispute over control of Iraq’s crude. Erbil halted shipments of its oil […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 14 October

Middle East Business News Review – 14 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Abu Dhabi posts fastest economic growth in 2011 Data released by the Abu Dhabi government showed on Sunday the capital city’s economy grew 6.8% in inflation-adjusted terms last year, the fastest rate since 2004 and more than double […]

 
 

IEA says Iraq oil output may double by 2020

IEA says Iraq oil output may double by 2020

Iraq’s oil exports are expected to rise to their highest in decades this month and production is on course to more than double by 2020 as it cements its place as OPEC’s second biggest producer after Saudi Arabia, a report said on Sunday. The International Energy Agency said that Iraq’s […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 11 October

Middle East Business News Review – 11 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai Limitless agrees restructuring of $1.2 bln loan Limitless, the indebted property arm of Dubai World, has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure a $1.2 billion Islamic loan, the company said on Thursday. Limitless will also shortly commence a […]

 
 

Iraq-Russia conclude $4.2 billion weapons deal – report

Iraq-Russia conclude $4.2 billion weapons deal – report

Iraq announced on Thursday it has signed $4.2 billion worth arms deals with Russia, during a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Moscow. The deal has given Russia a big boost at a time when the future of its arms sales to Libya […]

 
 

Iraq looking to replace Exxon with Russian oil firms – report

Iraq looking to replace Exxon with Russian oil firms – report

Media reports citing energy industry sources said on Thursday Iraq is considering Russian companies as a replacement of ExxonMobil at the supergiant West Qurna-1 oilfield as a punishment for the oil giant’s venturing into Kurdistan. Baghdad is unhappy about the fact that the autonomous Kurdish region has signed deals with foreign […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 10 October

Middle East Business News Review – 10 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: UAE bank giants lead China expansion march Two of the UAE’s largest banks are leading an expansion drive into China as trade between the two countries continues its rapid growth. The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 7 October

Middle East Business News Review – 7 October

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Etihad Airways eyeing opportunities in India, Asia Etihad Airways, which has been aggressively expanding on a global level through stake purchases in firms like Air Berlin and Virgin Australia, announced on Sunday it is set to extend its geographical […]

 
 

Iraq earns $8.4bn from September oil exports

Iraq earns $8.4bn from September oil exports

Iraq’s September oil exports peaked the highest in three decades with about 2.6 million barrels per day, earning the exchequer $8.4 billion, figures disclosed by the oil ministry said on Sunday. According to the figures compiled earlier this week, oil exports in August were slightly lower at 2.564 million bpd […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 30 September

Middle East Business News Review – 30 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai H1 FDI accounts 1.5% of total global; exceeds $4bn mark Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Dubai hit AED16.5bn ($4.49bn) during the first six months of 2012, official statistics released on Sunday revealed. According to the foreign investment office in […]

 
 

Baghdad-Kurdistan reach oil payments deal

Baghdad-Kurdistan reach oil payments deal

Kurdish Energy Minister Ashti Hawrami announced on Sunday Baghdad will transfer oil payments to Erbil as part of efforts to resolve a long-running conflict between the central government and autonomous Kurdish region. Iraq’s federal government and Kurdistan agreed earlier this month to negotiate a dispute over oil payments after the latter […]

 
 

Work on Iran-Iraq gas pipeline in full swing, to be ready by mid-2013

Work on Iran-Iraq gas pipeline in full swing, to be ready by mid-2013

An Iranian official said on Saturday the country expects to begin exporting natural gas to neighbouring Iraq by the summer of 2013, semi-official Mehr news agency reported. In an interview with Mehr, Javad Owji, managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company said Tehran has completed more than 25% of a pipeline […]