Business Middle East

  • Middle East Protests Continue

    Jim Maceda, NBC News, reports on the latest rioting in Cairo.

  • Giuliani Calls Obama's Middle East Policy 'Feckless'

    Rudy Giuliani, Giuliani Partners chairman & CEO, shares his opinions on the Obama administration's stance on foreign policy and national security.

  • An Egyptian protester grabs a tear gas canister to throw back towards the riot police during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo.

    President Obama and Mitt Romney entered new political terrain on Thursday as their campaign debate moved more solidly onto issues of foreign policy, a subject that had largely been absent as a major general election issue until this week, the New York Times reports.

  • US Position in Middle East is Very Weak: McCain

    "He was a great man," says Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) discussing the life of slain U.S. Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens. McCain also weighs in on current U.S. policies in the Middle East, calling them "very weak," saying the country needs "more robust American leadership."

  • Arab Uprisings Threaten Peace

    Discussing growing tensions in the Middle East, and the political and economic implications of the recent uprisings, with Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment Iran analyst.

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    Despite heightened tensions in the Middle East, the energy market is not reflecting risk of a conflict that would disrupt oil shipments, even when looking at future prices into next year.

  • Micro algae in solution bubble in a jug during a NASA tour of its OMEGA wastewater biofuel system at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant in San Francisco, California. The OMEGA, or Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae project, uses treated sewage to grow algae in floating tubes that can capture carbon dioxide and produce biofuel without competing with agriculture for water, fertilizer, or land.

    The production of advanced biofuels was up this year by some 437 gallons over last year, but economic challenges remain formidable and technology will be the key to unlocking potential.

  • An Egyptian protester hold a sign that reads in Arabic 'I sacrifice my soul for God's prophet' during a demonstration outside the US embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012 against a film deemed offensive to Islam.

    Main ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Egypt's capital Tuesday to protest a video attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.

  • A makeshift emerald mine in The Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan.

    Officials and industry experts are worried that the potential wealth to be made from Afghanistan's resources has increased the level of corruption, violence, and intrigue in the country.

  • Gazprom

    The bottom line is that the same natural gas revolution in the US, which was enabled by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), is now threatening to loosen Gazprom’s noose on the EU, and Gazprom simply won’t have it.

  • Maslak is a neighborhood and one of the main business districts of Istanbul, Turkey.

    The chairman of Sabanci Holding, one of Turkey’s most powerful family-run conglomerates, said no decision had yet been made on the fate of its joint venture with Europe’s largest retailer, Carrefour.

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    The United States is suddenly competing for influence over its most stalwart ally in the Middle East, the Global Post reports.

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    Saudi Arabia, the world's central bank for oil, could become a net oil importer by 2030 according to a new study by Citigroup, the international financial conglomerate.

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    Oligarchs are the wealthy few who benefit from the government and for all intents and purposes call the shots behind the scenes. Oilprice.com considers five key oligarchs and oligarch families who will shape the future.

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    Geopolitical and economic issues are shaping the price of oil more than worries about supply.

  • Trade Links: The Challenge of Jobs in the Middle East

    Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President of MENA for International Finance Corporation says investment and trade can help create jobs in the Middle east and North African regions.

  • Off Shore Oil Rig

    Is our energy future one of falling prices and plentiful supply or should we prepare for declining supply and sky high prices?

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    Nothing infuriates Americans more than volatile, spiking gasoline prices. But often the causes given for gasoline price hikes seem contrived.

  • Main roads in Riyadh are decorated with national flags and portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on February 21, 2011 amid preparations to welcome the Saudi royal back as he is expected to return home later this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, according to a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Saudi Arabia has gone on the offensive against Iran to protect its interests. Its involvement in Syria is the first battle in what is going to be a long conflict that will know no frontiers nor limits.

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    In 2008, Ernst & Young, the accounting firm, introduced short 90-day foreign assignments for both its U.S. and overseas employees. “It is something we introduced after the crisis as the way to offer expat postings in a more cost-effective way,” says Nancy Altobello, Americas vice chair of people at the company, the FT reports.