Around Middle East & North Africa [03.15.15]

 

International Finance

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, receiving United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Sharm El-Sheikh on Friday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi receiving UAE Prime Minister & Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. [Courtesy of WSJ]

Israel

“While Jewish turnout in elections often exceeds 70%, Arab participation has hovered at around 50%.

United List candidates … campaign to defend the interests of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up about one-fifth of the country’s 7.8 million people.

United List recently has been focusing less on who will be Israel’s next leader than on how to defend the interests of Israeli Arabs. It calls for increasing the minimum wage and creating jobs through public-works projects in Arab communities with high unemployment. The issue of Israeli police tactics in Arab cities and towns has taken center stage.”  #MinorityRights

Around Middle East & North Africa [12.09.14]

Qatar

 

“Qatar’s State Fund Invests $1.8 Billion in Brookfield Property”


United Arab Emirates

 

“The European Commission on Friday cleared Etihad Airways to buy 49% of Italy’s Alitalia, after the United Arab Emirates-based airline agreed to give up airport slots on the route between Rome and Belgrade.”



Iraq

Changing Hearts & Minds Of People with Extremist Views:

Lure the youth away from IS and get them together in rebuilding Modern Iraq, Syria and the rest of Middle East (lot of work to be done in Palestine!).

Changing Hearts & Minds Of People with Extremist Views:

Exciting and happy life for young driven Muslims lies in growing themselves, achieving both earthly and spiritual goals.

Let’s build Nations together.

Around Middle East & North Africa [11.24.14]

Secretary of State John Kerry with Foreign Ministers from P5 + 1

“The deadline for an Iran nuclear deal has been extended to the end of June after talks in Vienna failed to reach a comprehensive agreement.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said good progress had been made, but it was “not possible to get an agreement by the [original] deadline”.
Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.
The six countries – the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – have been in negotiations with Iran to finalize a preliminary deal reached last year in Geneva.
Speaking after the Vienna talks had ended, Mr Hammond said that negotiations would resume in December, and would be extended until 30 June 2015.
Iran would be allowed to continue accessing $700m (£450m) per month in frozen assets during that period.
Diplomats expect to reach a political agreement by 1 March, with the full technical details of the agreement confirmed by 1 July.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to give a national address at 18:00 GMT, Iranian news agencies reported.”

 


United Arab Emirates
Dubai


“For Dubai, geography is destiny.
It sits within easy reach of three regions —

      • the Gulf,
  • the Indian subcontinent and
  • Africa

— each with a $2 trillion-a-year economy

Dubai faces increased competition from a crop of imitators.

  • Last year, Oman opened a deep-water port at Duqm that will try to draw business away from Jebel Ali.
  • Istanbul is marketing itself as an alternative logistics and financial hub, with Turkish Airlines now flying to more worldwide destinations than any other carrier.
  • Qatar Airways Ltd. is also challenging Emirates for business travelers, while Doha is promoting itself as a financial center.

“It is not just about physical infrastructure,” he says.

Much of Dubai’s success, he says, is due to what he calls “software” — people and systems that, for example, ensure a ship at port can be turned around quickly or a legal dispute resolved fast and fairly. In this regard, Al Shaibani says, Dubai has a decades-long head start.

So far, Dubai’s “if you build it, they will come” strategy seems to be working. The city is packed with tourists. More people visit the Dubai Mall each year than Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower and Disney World combined.”

আজকের উপলব্ধিতে বাংলাদেশ [২৬.১০.১৪]

রাজনীতি – দেশজুড়ে


 


Bangladesh – United Arab Emirates (UAE) Relations  #Nagorik

“বাংলাদেশ থেকে সংযুক্ত আরব আমিরাতে (ইউএই) শ্রমিকদের আসার প্রক্রিয়া আরো সহজতর করার লক্ষ্যে ঢাকায় আরব আমিরাত দূতাবাসে একজন লেবার এ্যাটাচে নিয়োগ দেয়া হবে।”

Other News

 
সাতক্ষীরা জেলা পরিষদ প্রশাসক মুনসুর আহমেদের সভাপতিত্বে অনুষ্ঠানে আরও বক্তব্য রাখেন বিশিষ্ট সাংবাদিক আবেদ খান, সাতক্ষীরা-১ আসনের সাংসদ মুস্তফা লুৎফুল্লাহ, সাতক্ষীরা-২ আসনের সংসদ সদস্য মীর মোস্তাক আহমেদ রবি, সাতক্ষীরা-৪ আসনের সংসদ সদস্য স ম জগলুল হায়দার ও সংরক্ষিত মহিলা আসনের সংসদ সদস্য রিফাত আমীন।”

বাংলাদেশ সেনাবাহিনী এবং ইঞ্জিনিয়ার মোশাররফ হোসেন

 
“হাতিরঝিল এলাকার সমন্বিত উন্নয়ন শীর্ষক প্রকল্প ‘পরিষ্কার-পরিচ্ছন্নতা অভিযান ২০১৪’ শুরু হয়েছে।
রাজধানীর হাতিরঝিল এলাকায় রাজধানী উন্নয়ন কর্তৃপক্ষ এবং বাংলাদেশ সেনাবাহিনী আয়োজিত এ অভিযানের উদ্বোধন করেন গৃহায়ণ ও গণপূর্তমন্ত্রী ইঞ্জিনিয়ার মোশাররফ হোসেন। ”  #Politics

 

মাদকমুক্ত বাংলাদেশ  #StopDrugTrafficking

অপরাধমুক্ত বাংলাদেশ  #TowardsCrimeFreeBangladesh

“হরতাল ও নৈরাজ্যবিরোধী বিক্ষোভ মিছিল হলেও স্লোগান দেওয়া হয় চাকরিচ্যুতদের চাকরিতে পুনর্বহাল, চুক্তিভিত্তিক কর্মচারীদের নিয়মিতকরণসহ নানা দাবিতে।
পরে সভাপতি মো. শাহাজাহান মিয়ার সভাপতিত্বে সমাবেশে বক্তব্য রাখেন সাধারণ সম্পাদক মো. হুমায়ুন কবীর, হাবিবুর রহমান, চট্টগ্রাম আঞ্চলিক পরিষদের সাধারণ সম্পাদক আবুল কালাম মজুমদার, খন্দকার কামরুল হাসান, দুলাল কান্তি পাল, সিরাজুল ইসলাম প্রমুখ।”

Possible Foreign Policy For America In The Middle East

Syria

  • No support for Sunni extremists. [1]
  • Encourage Iran to stop support for Shiite extremists.
  • Peace talks / Negotiations – An interim neutral “Caretaker Government” holding elections. [2]
  • Threat of international court – Crime against humanity.

 

 
Saudi Arabia  
  • Relies on America for consolidating its dominance in the Middle East. 
  • Message to the Saudis – It’s not necessary to crush your opponent for regional dominance. Better – bolster your own economy.

 


Iran

  • Why can’t the West form close ties with Iran (with Nuclear deals)? 
 

Egypt 

  • Above all, mass killings, etc. of Muslim brotherhood supporters has to be stopped immediately. 
 

Encourage both Iran and Saudi Arabia to bolster their economies – more economic interdependence, more commerce with America with benefit to both.

Factors

  • Our increasing Energy independence.
  • Circumstances in Russia-Ukraine.

 

 


Notes on Foreign policy

Consider both

  • what is beneficial to you
  • what is beneficial to the country you are considering (view from their perspective)

 

If it’s non-zero sum, you can make them work with you so that it’s beneficial to both.

Both sides involved in a relationship feel comfortable when each has interests for which it knows that the other depends on it.
US – Saudi relationship (since 1945)

Conflicting Interest in Regional Dominance is Nurturing Militants and Extremists in Middle East: Is this Acceptable?

In Middle East, regional dominance and Shiite-Sunni conflict is giving rise to and encouraging militants and extremists.Saudi Arabia and it’s allies and Iran and it’s allies are in opposite groups, with Saudi Arabia being Sunni dominant and Iran being Shiite dominant.

 

Because of power conflict and interest in regional dominance, both sides are encouraging groups of opposing militants and extremists.

But does “Islam”, a word derived from “Salam”, which literally means “peace”, really encourage or even approve such conflicts?
Suicide and collateral damage are forbidden in Islam and the person who commits suicide is destined to go to hell.
Prophet Muhammad declared unity of humanity in his last sermon, “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.” [1]

In the age of globalization, it’s the mutual economic relationship and mutual economic engagement, not military engagement, that brings prosperity.



Follow-ups

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