US Mideast Allies Seek to Work With Russia in Syria – Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Russia’s stepped-up military operations in Syria are splitting Washington’s Middle East allies, with some countries beginning to see a need to work with the Kremlin as it fortifies President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to Arab, Israeli and U.S. officials. The shift is further scrambling an already complex diplomatic landscape, with vital U.S. allies taking sharply […]

Goldman Staff Said to Depart on Guidelines Breach in Mideast M&A – Bloomberg

Three bankers have left Goldman Sachs Group Inc. after the U.S. firm determined they breached internal guidelines in connection with the bank’s advisory role on the planned acquisition of a consumer company in the Middle East, according to people familiar with the matter. The bankers who departed in December were involved in advising a potential […]

Bob Casey heads to Mideast to talk about stepping up ISIS fight – Allentown Morning Call

— Sen. Bob Casey is heading to the Middle East over the Presidents Day recess and will be searching for better ways to hold countries in that region accountable in the fight against Islamic State militants. Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said in an interview that some countries in the 66-member, U.S.-led coalition need to do […]

The Only Mideast Solution: Two States – New York Times

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Obama’s Ally In The Mideast Just Turned Against Him In A Big Way – Western Journalism

Advertisement – story continues below Analysis Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is known for his flareups and his oversized ego. Years ago, the late Middle East expert Professor Barry Rubin revealed to me that every foreign diplomat who receives an audience in the residence of the Turkish leader gets instructions on how not to provoke an […]

The Many Mideast Solutions – New York Times

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Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch to Have Historic Meeting on Persecution of Mideast C … – Algemeiner

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. His meeting with Pope Francis will be held at Havana Airport in Cuba next week. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. JNS.org – The leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will meet for the first time since their schism 1,000 years ago, in order to discuss the ongoing persecution of Christians in […]

The Mideast countries hardest hit by oil prices – CNBC

Of the individual players in the region, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait are more resilient to oil shocks than Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain. Their high per capita hydrocarbon production has ensured they can break even fiscally even if oil prices are low and has enabled them to accumulate ample foreign exchange assets. Their policy […]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets may weaken after fresh oil price plunge – Reuters

DUBAI Feb 10 Stock markets in the Gulf may weaken further on Wednesday after oil prices plunged 8 percent overnight on a gloomy outlook for U.S. and global demand. Brent crude has recovered modestly in early Asian trading on Wednesday, but at just above $31 a barrel it is still uncomfortably low for Gulf stock […]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi edges down after oil price slide, Egypt moves little – Reuters

DUBAI Feb 10 Saudi Arabia’s stock index edged lower in early trade on Wednesday in response to a fresh slide of oil prices, while Egypt’s market moved little. The Saudi stock index lost 0.6 percent to 5,852 points in the first half-hour of trade; it has minor technical support at the early February low of […]

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