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U.S. businesses in the Middle East consider Plan B

Feb 14, 2011
Political and economic turmoil in the Middle East is forcing American businesses to make contingency plans in a time of great uncertainty.

Political protests break out in Bahrain

Feb 14, 2011
The uprising in Egypt has inspired protests in the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain. As Stephen Beard reports, the protests in Bahrain are more political than economic.

The rewards and costs of democracy in the Middle East

Feb 11, 2011
From Egypt to Jordan to Yemen, people want democracy in the Middle East. But investors can sometimes punish new democracies for their lack of "stability."

Protests continue in Egypt and around the Middle East

Feb 11, 2011
The turmoil in Egypt continues to extend beyond the country's own borders. In Jordan, citizens are protesting President Hosni Mubarak's continuation of power. And that has added more uncertainty to business. Alisa Roth reports from Amman, Jordan.

Poverty fuels protests in the Middle East

Feb 10, 2011
In countries such as Egypt and Jordan, the poor are locked out and frustrated because a corrupt elite hogs opportunities and assets.

Turmoil in Egypt could spill across the region

Feb 10, 2011
Jordan is one of the most oil-dependent countries in the Middle East. And the unrest in Egypt has many in Jordan worried that their already-expensive energy costs could rise even further. Stephen Beard reports from Amman.

Unrest scares tourists away from Jordan, Egypt

Feb 10, 2011
When protests hit one nation, like Egypt, some tourists avoid the whole region. Marketplace's Alisa Roth is in Jordan and she reports that tourism revenues in that country have slumped by a quarter in recent months.

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Jordan's elite stifles economic opportunity

Feb 9, 2011
In Jordan, as in Egypt and some other nations in the Middle East, a rich minority hogs the benefits and the poor are often locked out.

Jordan, like Egypt, faces protests, poverty

Feb 8, 2011
The kingdom of Jordan, like Egypt, has seen weeks of protests over corruption and calls for reform. Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. Stephen Beard talks the details with Kai Ryssdal.

Jordanians demand political reform

Feb 8, 2011
As protests continue in Egypt, ratings agency Moody's is concerned the turmoil could spread to neighboring countries. Moody's downgraded Jordan's credit outlook to negative today. Alisa Roth reports on the country's upheaval from Amman, Jordan.