Economy

A look at the economies beyond the credit crunch.



Tafline Laylin
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on : Friday, 18 Apr, 2014

Back to Balance

Located in the southwest of Yemen close to the pre-1990 border that once divided the country into North and South, the city of Taiz has long been known for its thriving business and industrial activity. Coffee and qat plantations fill the mountainous surroundings of Yemen’s third-largest city, also home to many of its intellectual figures. But a growing problem—one that is not restricted to Taiz—is disrupting local life: The city’s residents often go weeks without a delivery ...

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Hend El-Behary
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on : Thursday, 13 Feb, 2014

Marriage or Broke

Since the January 25 revolution in 2011, getting married in Egypt has become a very expensive proposition due to economic instability, soaring inflation and unprecedented unemployment levels. In Egypt, the groom is responsible for all pre-nuptial provisions “from a needle to a rocket"—the smallest to the largest—as a common saying goes, including a gold gift for the bride known as a shabka, housing, electrical appliances, furniture and wedding costs. Increasingly, the bride and her fam...

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Farahmand Alipour
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on : Thursday, 16 Jan, 2014

Speed Up and Sell

Two models of car, the Pride and the Samand, are a familiar sight on Iranian streets. Long the country’s two most popular makes, they have also become a familiar sight abroad...

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Jason Pack and Haley Cook
on : Monday, 9 Dec, 2013

Breaking the Libyan Oil Blockade

Libya is currently facing one of its most complex dilemmas. The continuing occupation of multiple oil and gas production sites, pipelines, platforms and export terminals by armed p...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Thursday, 28 Nov, 2013

Business beyond the Camps

A convoy of trucks in close formation is making its way south from Damascus. Ahead, scouts check the roads, relaying back frequent updates on the security situation. Today the ...

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Afshin Molavi
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on : Thursday, 10 Oct, 2013

Iran Missed the Real Revolution

Iran’s 1979 revolution still reverberates across the world. A revolution in the truest sense, it swept away the old order, delivered a new one, reordered regional and global geop...

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Andrés Cala
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on : Saturday, 28 Sep, 2013

Politics, not Profit

For all the hype, Russian arms sales to Syria are not a vital issue weighing in the Kremlin’s support for Bashar Al-Assad. While existing and potential supplies do play a signifi...

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Andrés Cala
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on : Friday, 16 Aug, 2013

Like a Bull in the Iraqi Oil Market

Global oil production champions are not facing a pretty picture this decade. This comes mostly as a result of North American incremental supplies that have surprised even the most ...

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Keily Miller
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on : Friday, 2 Aug, 2013

Shifting Sands under Qatari Gas

Among the array of financial suits European utilities have brought against major gas exporters in the courts, the pricing dispute between German utility RWE and Russian export gian...

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Jenna Marangoni
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on : Wednesday, 17 Jul, 2013

Banking On Beirut

Bankers are not exactly popular these days. Rightly or wrongly blamed for myriad economic woes, from the recent financial crisis to the more general pains inherent in the capit...

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