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#WalktoPalestine activist Ladra arriving in Czech Republic

October 10, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Swedish activist Benjamin Ladra is making his way towards the border of the Czech Republic three months after he started his walk to Palestine to raise awareness of the occupation. Ladra has met many people during his journey, and stayed with a Palestinian and Syrian couple for a few days while resting in Germany. Now walking through Dresden in East Germany, Ladra confesses he is feeling slightly cautious, given most of the city voted for Germany’s right wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the elections last month. “You really learn a lot when you’re out travelling like this. I’ve heard about this city before but only the name. Apparently this is the Nazi capital of Germany.” “It feels very […]

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Trump touts new economic-development bill

October 10, 2017 Adam Button 0

President says it will reward companies who keep jobs in the USA, punish those who leave
Forbes is out with an exclusive interview with Trump today. Here are some of the highlights:
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Qatar exports food for first time since start of siege

October 10, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Hassad Food, which is owned by the Qatari Investment Authority, announced on Sunday that it had exported food for the first time since the start of the siege, Shehab.ps reported. Mohamed Ben Badr Al-Sada, the executive head of the company, said in a statement that exporting food confirms the strength and stability of Qatar’s economy. He said that a shipment of high quality dates was exported to India and confirmed that it was received by the importer on Friday. He did not mention the size or the cost of the shipment. Read: UAE deports 50 Syrian families on charges of links to Qatar Hassad has several investments in Qatar, Australia, Pakistan and Oman and it may expand to invest in […]

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Saudi war on Yemen forces spike in energy prices

October 10, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Saudi Arabia is to decide whether to increase domestic oil and electricity prices at the end of the month which could risk a recession, Reuters reported. The government of Saudi Arabia is delaying its decision over energy prices in a bid to complete designing a system of cash flow to lower income households, to compensate for austerity in the Kingdom. “There is still some discussion over who is going to be compensated and who is not,” said a government official. “The government has to consider the implications of higher taxes and ways to mitigate risks of both gross domestic product growth and the budget.” Saudi Arabia’s dependency on oil exports has impacted the economy, in a market that has plummeted […]

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