Between booms: Qatar takes a breath between gas and the World Cup

October 16, 2012

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Qatar is pausing to take a breath as it steadies its economy between two boom periods. An extraordinary 10-year boom in Qatar’s gas-exporting infrastructure is petering out, according to an investigation by the Financial Times, leaving business confidence at its lowest ebb in years. Growth in gross domestic product in the small, gas-rich Gulf state, […]

September 20, 2012

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Originally posted on Justice in Conflict:
Kirsten Fisher joins JiC for this timely and fascinating two-part post on the Arab Spring and Transitional Justice. Kirsten is the Gordon F. Henderson Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre and an affiliated research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International…

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September 20, 2012

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Originally posted on paidContent:
Consumers are increasingly finding the answers to their questions in social network services, not search engines. Experian Hitwise data shows UK visits to major search engines dropped by 100 million through August, to 2.21 billion. Whilst that can be partly attributed to a high watermark in the previous, Olympic month of…

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Will 2% become Egypt’s new bleeding edge?

June 19, 2012

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In the heat of battle, the real issues sometimes become blurred. With both the Islamists and the military claiming a victory of 2% to 4% in the run-off poll for the presidency of Egypt, the very real specter of another upheaval looms large. When the official results are declared on Wednesday, Egyptians will know whether […]

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Can the Middle East survive a Eurozone meltdown?

June 13, 2012

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Greece heads to the polls on June 17 in what is being seen as a referendum on Eurozone membership. Then there is the festering crisis in Spain’s banking sector. The unrelenting waves of bad news from Europe have resulted in volatility on global stock, commodities and currency markets. Clearly, Europe has some major problems on […]

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A new challenge for Zuckerberg: Engaging online advertising

May 25, 2012

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Facebook. IPO. Hype. Disaster? Analysts are now saying the Facebook share price may crash to as low as USD 9.59. The social networking portal’s much-vaunted initial public offering raised a lot of cash for its promoters, who are now busy offloading large parts of their shareholdings on to the market. Subscribers who got in at […]

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Facebook looks for gold in the Middle East

May 25, 2012

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Facebook’s decision to open an office in Dubai was reported at low decibels but is expected to add a significant chunk of dollars to its annual revenues. Research shows that Facebook has more than 39 million users in the Middle East and North Africa region. If by its own reckoning each user is valued at […]

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