West can never pull out of the Middle East

The vote was decisive and critical: parliament would not support military action in Syria. Forget the chemical weapons attacks, the barrel bombs, regime death squads and the threat of jihad, Britain had had enough of foreign entanglements. No more could we tolerate the stigma of RAF bombers hitting civilian targets, or British troops dying from roadside mines and snipers’ potshots. The Syria vote of August 2013 humiliated David Cameron and his foreign secretary, William Hague, but seemed popular around the country. There are few street protests in favour of war….MORE : THETIMES

4 reasons why analysts are cautious on Saudi Aramco’s IPO

The company, the most profitable in the world, announced Sunday that it’s planning to list on its local stock market, the Tadawul, in December. But a lack of details on the listing, which eventually could be the largest on record, has left some analysts cold. And they believe there are plenty of reasons why international investors should be wary.
Lack of details
Aramco said Sunday that “the final offer price, number of shares to be sold …more: cnbc

Why do Lebanese People Revolt? Elias Khoury

From the scene of the uprising in Lebanon, I will try to answer the question that has perplexed everyone: Why do the people revolt and who leads their revolution?

The answer to the second part is simple and clear. The people are leading themselves. A small spark exploded in Beirut, igniting the plains and mountains. Suddenly, the slogans were united around two central slogans: “The people want to overthrow the regime,” and “All means all.”…more: Beirutobserver/googletranslation