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UK vows tougher stance to counter terrorism

Incumbent British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised a tougher stance against international terrorism and its sympathisers after the  violent  incidents in London and Manchester that left dozens dead or wounded. In each case responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the Daesh terror franchise. May hopes to continue with her toughening stance if elected in the UK general election on 8 June. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has...

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With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown
Nov17

With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown

Credit must be given, however grudgingly, where it is due. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, one of the jokers in the Bush pack, we are now awash with a great plethora of known unknowns.  With Donald Trump set to become American president come 20 January 2017, the world is entering an unknown territory, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In the forthcoming edition of the IISS journal Survival, eminent US...

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Arqaam Capital upbeat about MENA structural reform
Sep20

Arqaam Capital upbeat about MENA structural reform

Arqaam Capital, a specialist emerging and frontier markets investment bank, says it sees positive mediump to long-term impact from structural reforms in the Middle East and North Africa region The bank on 19 September  inaugurated its third MENA Investors Conference in Dubai, coinciding—as analysts saw—with a time of change and reform in the MENA region. The prolonged oil oversupply, which may extend into the first half of 2017, has...

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Do Facebook humans, not algorithms, decide what is news?
May12

Do Facebook humans, not algorithms, decide what is news?

Facebook news selection is in the hands of breathing human editors not algorithms, according to an ‘exclusive’ published 12 May 2016 by The Guardian newspaper, London, which cites ‘leaked’ internal FB guidelines showing human intervention at almost every stage of FB news operation, just as in a conventional media organization. If confirmed independently that would make Facebook the world’s largest news...

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From there to here: The future of Iran sanctions and oil
Aug27

From there to here: The future of Iran sanctions and oil

The 14 July agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme has set in motion a gradual easing of the West’s position towards Iran and begun the processes towards a dismantling of the sanctions enforced by the United States, the European Union and individual countries aligned with either the USA, the EU or both.(1) The ‘reopening’ of Iran, as it is being described in the West, has also raised questions of its potential...

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Iran n-deal will ease sanctions burden on banks
Aug19

Iran n-deal will ease sanctions burden on banks

The Iran nuclear deal likely will ease pressure on banks to watch out for any potential violations of international sanctions linked to that country, UK law firm Zaiwalla said [19 August 2015]. The plethora of sanctioned entities that banks have to avoid in order not to get punished by regulators has grown over the years. In the year to July 2015 alone, the number of sanctions imposed by the UK rose by 3% from 2,401 to 2,477. Similar...

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