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The Gulf’s credit crunch survivors

The Guardian By Raymond Barrett Two years after the demise of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent deepening of the global credit crisis, the petro-sheikhdoms of the Gulf have shown a degree of economic fortitude that finance minsters in the western world could only dream of. If ever proof was needed to highlight the current disparity [...]

Tea Party declares war on military spending

12 February 2011 The Guardian By Raymond Barrett The conservative movement in the United States is at war – with itself. The battle is over government spending, and for the first time in a generation, the knives are being sharpened for that most sacred cow of the Republican party: the $700bn – and rising – [...]

Sanctions-busting is in Dubai’s DNA

by Raymond Barrett, for The Guardian Dubai’s open-door policy has been a major factor in the failure of Iran sanctions and there’s little reason to expect this to change For more than 30 years, US-led efforts to isolate Iran from the global economy have faced a constant weakness: the Dubai connection. Dubai – separated from [...]

Beware the Gulf’s legal gradations

The Guardian by Raymond Barrett Britons fall foul of the region’s legal system not because of its ‘draconian Islamic laws’, but its pecking order of privilege. British citizens have yet again fallen foul of the law in the Arabian peninsula for “crimes” that barely seem to warrant the designation. In Dubai, a tourist was recently [...]

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