|Red Flashes From Syria|
|SIX months after the Syrian
uprising began it seems clear
that peaceful protests aimed at
overthrowing the regime and
ousting President Bashar al-
Assad have failed. With no prospect of
meaningful national dialogue in sight,
the conflict now appears to be shifting
into a new, infinitely more hazardous
phase: the weaponisation of the revolution.
Syria is moving inexorably from
Arab spring to an ever darker, dangerous
winter of discontent.
The inability of unarmed civilian
demonstrators to bring down Assad, or
at least bring him to the negotiating
table, has several causes. One is the
lack of a unified, well-led opposition
with clear objectives...
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FUTURE OF AMERICA|
|IF you want a big swig of
despair, listen to the people
who know something about
the global economy. Roger
Altman, a former deputy
Treasury secretary, is arguing that
America and Europe are on the
verge of a disastrous double-dip
recession. Various economists say
it will be at least another three
years before we see serious job
growth. Others say European
banks are teetering - if not now,
then early next year.
Walter Russell Mead, who teaches
foreign policy at Bard College,
recently laid out some worst-case
scenarios on his blog: "It is about
whether the international financial
system will survive the next six
months in the form we now... |
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Al Meera’s Khalifa South has been reopened after extensive renovations and facelift, the holding company announced recently.
The store has been outfitted in Al Meera’s new interior designs, allowing for a more convenient and unforgettable shopping experience. New outlets will be refurbished shortly thereafter in Mansoura and Hezem Al Markhi. “We want our customers to have the most m e m o r a b l e shopping experience than they can possibly have at our Al Meera stores,” said M o h a m m e d Nasser al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera.
“As part of our expansion plan, we wanted to ensure that we completely overhaul the interiors of the store as well to a glitzy, modern, high-tech, yet relaxed model. We have left no stone unturned to enhance the customer experience by hiring the best consultants to guarantee that our stores meet and exceed international standards,” Qahtani said.
A customer-based strategy drives Al Meera’s expansion plan. In addition to the stores already opened, another 200,000 square meters of retail space are to be added to Al Meera’s portfolio over the next few years. The goal is to have an Al Meera outlet easily accessible to everyone in Qatar.
“Our target is to become Qatar’s favourite neighbourhood retailer,” Al Meera CEO Guy Sauvage said.
“With Al Meera outlets sprouting practically everywhere in the country over the next few years, and our new, state-of-the-art designed stores, we are close to obtaining that target,” Guy said