middle east


A woman in a car flashes the 'V for Victory' sign and waves an Iranian flag as people celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran on April 2, 2015, after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks.

Iran has big economic potential ... eventually

Apr 6, 2015
Before it can grow, the country's post-sanction economy must modernize.
Posted In: Iran, nuclear, Iran sanctions, world economies, sanctions, middle east
 Gas prices reflecting the recent downward trend are displayed Oct. 27 at an Arco station in Mill Valley, Calif. While falling oil prices lead to lower gas prices, cheaper oil also has negative economic consequences.

The hidden dangers of low oil prices

Nov 24, 2014
Whole states lose out, and, also, global warming.
Posted In: oil prices, cheap oil, middle east, Economy

ISIS gains control of key infrastructure in Iraq

Aug 8, 2014
ISIS militants now have control of the country's largest dam.
Posted In: Iraq, middle east, New York Times

The cost of dismantling chemical weapons in Syria

Sep 11, 2013
It looks increasingly likely that Syria will surrender its chemical weapons. But that process isn't as simple as it seems.
Posted In: syria, chemicals, middle east

Egypt's trains falter; microbuses fill the gap

Sep 9, 2013
Egypt's new government has suspended the national rail service. This is bad news for most Egyptians, but good news for the country's microbus drivers.
Posted In: Egypt, Transportation, middle east

Uncertainty over Syrian intervention hits oil markets

Aug 27, 2013
The headlines about Syria are altering the shape of financial markets this morning.
Posted In: syria, Oil, middle east

The other revolution bubbling in the Middle East

Aug 12, 2013
Author Chris Schroeder says there's another revolution that's quietly emerging that deserves attention: growing entrepreneurship.
Posted In: middle east, Entrepreneurship, Small Business

At start of Ramadan, Egypt still feeling the strain

Jul 11, 2013
Turmoil continues in Egypt, but as news of $12 billion in aid and an interim prime minister appointment take hold, life on the ground in Cairo is also changing.
Posted In: Egypt, morsi, subsidies, middle east

Qatar curtails its foreign spending spree

Jun 7, 2013
The world's richest country has been splurging on international acquisitions. Now that it's landed the 2022 World Cup, the tiny Arab nation has started to focus more on spending at home.
Posted In: Qatar, middle east

Why Syria's Internet was ripe for a shutdown

May 8, 2013
After 19 hours in the dark, Syria is back online. Why it's not that hard to shut down the Internet there, but nearly impossible in the U.S.
Posted In: syria, middle east, Internet