It was a contradiction that perfectly captured the essence of the U.S. drone war against Islamic terrorists: Just as we learned that strikes in Yemen had resumed after a three-month hiatus, a Yemeni journalist gave heart- rending congressional testimony about an attack that killed five in his village of Wessab.
Raffy Vital Gimeno started sending part of his pay to his family in the Philippines after getting a job in Qatar in 2008. Now his wife and sister are also working in the Middle East state and they’re all remitting money home.
Duet Mena Ltd. and Algebra Capital Ltd., Dubai-based managers of $500 million, said they may buy Islamic bonds from Malaysia’s Cagamas Bhd. , the first under a new structure that complies with the Persian Gulf’s stricter religious laws.
The city pulsed to a beat it hadn’t felt for decades as it welcomed its new president. Intellectuals met at private political salons for open, lively discussions of topics they had only dared to mention in whispers before: demands for greater democracy, the suspension of emergency law, an end to the ruling party’s domination.
The upheaval in the Arab world has damaged Israel’s strategic environment. Its peace treaty with Egypt, a pillar of national security for more than three decades, is in question. More important, the events in the Arab world have deflected attention from Israel’s most feared scenario, a nuclear Iran, playing into the Iranian strategy to buy time in order to present the world with a nuclear fait accompli. Israel’s leaders fear that the international response is now unlikely to impact Iranian policy, at a point when its nuclear program is so advanced.
Bahrain’s and Oman’s oil refineries continued to operate as planned amid anti-government protests in the Persian Gulf states, officials at the two nations’ fuel- processing plants said. Exports weren’t interrupted, they said.
China’s decision to join Russia in blocking United Nations action on Syria may carry little risk of economic reprisals from Persian Gulf states, the major oil suppliers that pushed to condemn the Assad regime.