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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry rejected Kuwaiti media reports claiming that Tehran has demanded Tunisia to mediate between the country …

Winners and Losers in the Syrian Civil War « CSS Blog Network

Photo: Freedom House/flickr.<p>The Syrian civil war, which has seen a stalemate for nearly three years, shows no signs of a negotiated political …

Jordan's slippery slope or full-out cliff: Is there any hope for solving the Kingom's financial woes?

The Sick Middle East

Problems and dangers of every sort afflict the always-troubled region.<p>The recent fall of Fallujah, Iraq, to an al-Qaeda-linked group provides an …

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Change in the Middle East

<b>What it means for Pakistan, India and Afghanistan?</b><p>PoliTact has maintained that it’s the situation of Middle East especially connected with Iran, …

Neutrality, reform needed to rescue Lebanon’s economy

A political crisis is gripping Lebanon. It has almost completely paralyzed the constitutional institutions and is affecting the economy and the …

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In Israel's north, a formidable enemy is now a shadow of itself

The most significant aspect of the civil war in Syria, which is now entering its fourth year without any sign of a conclusion in...<p>Want to enjoy …

Syrian Kurds want to sell oil via Turkey

On Feb. 4, Asya Abdullah, co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), accompanied by a delegation, visited the Turkish parliament in …

Turkey-Syria border remains vulnerable

Expressing disbelief that the Geneva II talks could produce any definitive solution to the Syrian war, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

Refugee crisis taking heavy toll on Lebanon: PM

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What Comes Next In Syria?

For eight days, the Syrian regime and an opposition delegation sat face-to-face, but were not on speaking terms in Room 16 of the Palais des Nations in the sprawling complex of United Nations headquarters in Geneva.<p>Round one demonstrated the bitter divide with no breakthrough on the core issues of …

Turkey's rate hike increases concern over financial stability

At midnight Jan. 28, members of Turkey’s Central Bank Monetary Board gathered for an emergency meeting — three weeks earlier than their scheduled …

New report links Lebanese army to economic stability

Despite all the crises that Lebanon has gone through in the last three decades, the Lebanese economy has never suffered a decline like the one today. …

Erdogan visit to Iran to address Syria, economic ties

All eyes are on Turkish-Iranian ties due to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two-day visit to Iran that began Jan. 28 with a view toward …

Jordan’s central bank urges sticking with IMF reforms

Jordan must persist with economic reforms to ensure its economy keeps growing and its budget deficit is under control, the central bank governor …

Dardari: Syria crisis taking toll on Lebanon’s economy

The economic growth rate in Lebanon would not have exceeded 1% in 2013, “even if a single Syrian refugee had not been displaced to Lebanon, because …

OPEC move spurs survival of fittest with oil near five-year low

West Texas Intermediate crude steadied after sliding to the lowest level since July 2009 amid speculation that prices have further to drop before OPEC's decision to maintain output slows U.S. shale supply.Benchmark futures in New York and London slumped as much as 3.7 per cent before recouping …

Lebanon drawn into Syria's sectarian conflict – analysis

Sunni regimes try to push back Iran, viewing even its detente with the US as an opportunity for the Islamic republic to expand its regional influence<p>The battle lines in Lebanon are drawn sharper and sharper. They are largely sectarian and tied into the bitter civil war in neighbouring Syria.<p>On the …

Turkey shifts toward Iran on Syria

TEHRAN, Iran — What’s going on between Iran and Turkey? Questions are being raised by allies before enemies. The two neighboring, former Islamic …

Syria builds dollar reserves, thanks partly to Assad's enemies

AMMAN - Reuters<p>Syria's central bank has bought hundreds of millions of dollars from the domestic currency market it now tightly controls, helping to …

Damascus steps up economic measure ahead of Geneva talks

As the Syrian army makes daily progress against armed rebels, Damascus is working to inject life into the nation's economy devastated by a …