Royal Jordanian Net Operating Profit Soars

Airports are on my mind; I'm working part-time at Queenstown airport, which is in the lower part of the South Island in New Zealand. Check-in, weighing bags and finding missing bags is my job. Like some have said, the best way to lose money is to invest in an airline. There are enormous costs involved; there is not only the cost of the aircraft but...
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What ouster of Sudan's Bashir means for Mideast leaders

The Middle East geographically might be made up of a few countries- namely the Levant, Iraq, Iran and the Gulf Co-operation Countries- but the influence is much greater, particularly in Africa and South East Asia. Sudan is one of those countries. What will the ouster of Omar Al-Bashir, after 30 years mean for the Middle East? Below is how Al Monito...
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In the Mayhem After Bashir's Ouster, Sudan May Find an Unlikely Ally in Iran

One of the main stories of the week has been the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, the dictator who ruled over Sudan for 30 years. Sudan is an Arab country and has been drawn into the Yemeni war by working with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. What will happen if Sudan changes to democratic rule? Or is the country better under military rule? These ...
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NZ Super Fund seeks to capitalise on growing demand for data with USD 115m investment

The NZ Super Fund is a NZD41 billion global investment fund established by the NZ government to help pre-fund universal pensions. It is now increasing its investment in data, with the aim of maintaining its 10 per cent return on investment. The investment is being made alongside CIM, a community focused real estate and infrastructure owner. The det...
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Woman on honeymoon seeks divorce from 'cheap' husband in UAE

There are many uncertainties going on in the world, one of those being the general elections just held in Israel. Benjamin Netanayhu, leader of the right-wing Likud Party, will be forming a right-wing government with the other right-wing parties. It will be the fifth time he will be prime minister. What does this mean for the peace process? On a li...
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Who will win the Israeli elections?

Anyone who is following Middle East politics will know that Israel is holding its general election on 9 April.  Anyone who is following Middle East politics will know that Israel is holding its general election on 9 April. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is standing against several candidates the main one contender being Benny Gentz. While s...
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The Christchurch mosques attack

The past fortnight has been dominated by the shootings and murders in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the rise of White Supremacism and analysis of that. At a personal level, the theme of death continued, having had to organize and attend a funeral last week. This is what The Spin Off writes about the Christchurch murders and how Facebook has dealt ...
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Two-state Solution: Will it cost US Jews their relationship with Israel?

Now that President Trump has more or less declared that a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine is unworkable will this impact the US's relationship with Israel? This is what Haaretz newspaper says about the issue. Two-state Solution: U.S. Jews Won't Budge. Will It Cost Them Their Relationship With Israel? Supporting two states was not al...
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Russia weighs in on Trump’s Golan Heights decision

President Trump's decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has had repercussions all over the world, probably none more so than Russia and President Putin. No doubt, it will destabilize the Middle East. Here is an analysis from Al Monitor's, The Pulse. Russia weighs in on Trump's Golan Heights decision Maxim A. Suchkov March...
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Unprecedented: Trump Gave Israel the Golan as a Gift and Asked for Nothing in Return

President Trump has unilaterally granted the Golan Heights to Israel, after capturing it from Syria in the six-day war in 1967. Under this premise, Israel is not having to grant something to the USA in return, which differs from other situations over the years. To give a full view of what this means, below is an account from Haaratz newspaper, an e...
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The world reacts to Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand is still reeling from the mosque attacks in Christchurch and the rest of the world is reacting to the response of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to the attacks. The response was considered empathetic and measured. As a consequence, the Arab world, largely, has responded with much affection to New Zealand and the attacks...
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Turkey's President uses New Zealand video

Last week's tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, have had repercussions around the world- from the way New Zealand, and the prime minister in particular, has responded, to the rapid change in gun laws. Then there are the politicians who are using the tragedy for their own ends, such as Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. By Mark Lowen,...
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New Zealand investment funds call for Social Media to take action

New Zealand is still in mourning for the 50 murders at two Christchurch mosques last Friday. With the New Zealand Prime Minister making the right comments at the right time, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is calling for a curb on social media. The terrorist, a White Supremacist, came from Australia. Five public investors in New Zeal...
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The murders in Christchurch

New Zealand is in mourning. How could such an atrocity happen at the bottom of the world? What it shows is that New Zealand is not immune to what goes on in the rest of the world, notably the rise in White Supremacy. In this case, a White Supremicist, and an Australian to boot, is the alleged terrorist. He acted alone, evidently. What is shocking i...
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Will there be peace in the Middle East?

There are always various goings-on in the Middle East, one of the biggest being the peace negotiations, with the US as power broker. What will happen? And what is the intention of the US? One view is highlighted in this article in Al-Monitor's Daily Briefing. The US administration has been working on a Mideast peace plan since President Donald Trum...
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NZ Super Fund takes important step to improve transparency

Records of how the NZ Super Fund has voted at listed company AGMs are now available on the Fund's website . Anne-Maree O'Connor, Head of Responsible Investment, says the move is a step forward for transparency, and in line with leading investment management practices globally. Stakeholders can now see NZ Super Fund voting data by country and compan...
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Blockchain and the Middle East

Dubai and Saudi Arabia are at the forefront of bitcoin technology in the Middle East, according to a report by Accenture entitled: "How the Middle East can unleash blockchain's transformative potential". Financial services companies in areas such as payment, supply chain financing and trade, reporting, compliance and operations could gain the most ...
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Iran claims US sabotage of missile program used to its ‘benefit’

This article talks about the Strait of Hormuz, often forgotten in articles about Iran. It's the strait between Iran and Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates. There's always been a lot of action there, such as fishing boats moving to the wrong waters and getting fired on. Most activity has not hit the news. This time it has. It's e...
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Could new Israeli party topple Netanyahu's Likud?

While I concentrate on the Middle East, it is Asia where the action is. India is targeting Pakistani militants, successfully, according to the news. Will we see a war between the countries? Although much of the political negotiation has been with Saudi Arabia and Iran, the spectre of losing an ally in the region in the shape of Benjamin Netanyahu i...
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Egypt campaign to reject Sisi's power grab gains traction

Egypt is preparing to open a new capital, yet unnamed, 49 kilometres east of Cairo. The president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is behind the move, which is reminiscent of what the pharaohs did centuries ago, when Thebes and Memphis were capitals. Perhaps he is wanting to be a pharaoh. (For more on this read The Economist of January 26). One would think so...
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