Interpreting Middle East Economic News and Analyzing Market Trends

Category: Syria

Worldwide youth unemployment stuck at record levels, outlook for the Middle East is especially poor

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We reported last year on the terrible outlook for youth unemployment around the world (read the story here).  The map above is an update on this global problem.  The situation is particularly bank for the Middle East and Southern Europe.  The are no indications that this problem will go away any time soon.

 

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What’s at stake for the Middle East in Ukraine

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Photo Source: Modern Diplomacy

With the crisis in Ukraine going from bad to worse, all attention has been on the increasing tensions in the region and its effects on the Ukrainian and Russian economies.  There is a lot more at stake than these economies alone.  Take for example the Middle East; it has a lot at stake in the Ukraine than most realize.  Not much has been said about this, which needs some attention.

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Syrian chemical weapons to be dumped in Mediterranean between Greece and Malta with very little protest

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Source: BBC News

 

Fourteen countries are helping remove, destroy and dispose of Syria’s massive chemical weapons stockpile, yet none of these countries could agree on where to dispose of the final product.  The solution; dump them in the Mediterranean…

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Israel: Saudi Arabia’s new friend in the Middle East

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The good old days; King Abdullah (center) with his buddies, Mubarak (left) and Asad (right)

Saudi Arabia and Israel rarely see eye-to-eye publicly.  Now, however, both countries are openly aligned on Syria and Egypt.  They both support Egypt’s current military rulers and both are upset with the US for not bombing Syria and dropping its aid to Egypt.

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Middle East high tech startups take off

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Source:  Smithsonian.com

The Middle East has been a hotspot for tech start-ups lately.  This growing trend has been overshadowed by all the bad news coming out of the region since 2011.  Don’t expect any competition to Silicon Valley any time soon, but entrepreneurship is catching on in the Middle East in a big way.  Political troubles are only adding more fuel to the trend.

 

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