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    DIABETIC DANGER: The Dark Side of the Gulf’s Economic Boom

    Oil wealth has given Kuwait and nearby countries in the Gulf some of the highest per capita incomes in the world. But it has also created lifestyles - overeating, high-sugar diets, cushy jobs and heavy reliance on automobiles for transport - that are leading to an explosion of diabetes in the region

    July 7, 2012 5:38
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    EASING TENSION? Why Syria is reverting to socialist economic policies

    Many Syrians say economic liberalisation enriched oligarchs close to the Assad family. But the government's retreat from reform is worrying businessmen, who have long blamed public sector inefficiency, bureaucracy and rampant corruption for stifling the private sector.

    July 6, 2012 5:34
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    HIGH EXPECTATIONS? Saudis may be betting too much on mortgage law

    Saudi Arabian banking and real estate shares have surged since the government approved a long-awaited law allowing the development of a housing mortgage industry. But investors may be getting ahead of themselves.

    July 6, 2012 5:31
 
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    ON TRACK? Bahrain’s economic reform

    Bahrain's ambitious economic reform programme is still on track, the head of the country's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat said this week, despite a year of turmoil in the Gulf Arab state as the monarchy tackles a pro-democracy protest movement.

    July 5, 2012 6:08
 
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