Learning lessons from a failed Arab Spring

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As authorities struggle to contain protest in countries across MENA, demonstrators are showing that they have learned from the failures of the Arab Spring A new generation of protesters has taken to the streets in the Middle East and it is clear as they march and shout their defiance that lessons have been learned from the 2011 Arab Spring. Rather than an emphasis on democracy and freedom, the focus is on attacking corrupt, incompetent governments, failing economies and political and business elites that benefit themselves at the expense of their …

A view from Bahrain

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While the government continues to repress human rights and the political opposition, it has taken several steps to ease tensions.

Saudi Aramco IPO launched

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Limited IPO of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest energy company, raises more questions than it answers. After several false starts and nearly four years on from when the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman first went public with his plan to sell off a portion of the energy giant Saudi Aramco in an initial public offering (IPO), the sale of up to 3% of the company has received the go ahead. Shares will be listed domestically on the local Tadawul exchange with wealthy Saudi families being encouraged to invest. Many questions remain, …