Turkish Councils Resolution on Taxation of Cross-Border Dividends

The Turkish Council of State recently passed a resolution regarding the taxation of cross-border dividends pursuant to the Netherlands-Turkey avoidance of double taxation treaty, In this commentary, Ali I. Sanver, a partner at Pekin & Pekin in Istanbul, Turkey, discusses this resolution and its implications...

The Emergence of Estoppel Concept in Civil Law

Recent Lebanese and French court precedents show an extensive application of the common law theory of estoppel; the rulings are based upon various, but similar, legal reasoning, such as the inadmissibility for a party to contradict itself to the detriment of another, or breach of the duty of loyalty...

Nuke-free Mideast idea rises on global agenda

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) The Middle East, that timeless tinderbox at the core of so much in world affairs, looms as a battleground in the U.N.'s meeting halls this month, as 189 nations debate nuclear proliferation. The idea of establishing the region as a zone free of nuclear weapons, a notion on...

Krugman Links Climate Change, Food Scarcity and Mideast Unrest

By Allison A. Torrence , Associate, Jenner & Block LLP Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently wrote an article in the New York Times explaining his theory that climate change-caused food scarcity is triggering recent uprisings in the Middle East. Krugman focuses his analysis on...

Student Files Lawsuit Over FBI's GPS Tracking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A community college student who says he's never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil...

Was humankind's first exit from Africa a failed activity?

Prior posts have noted that the accepted wisdom is that some humans left Africa about 60 thousand years ago, and thereafter migrated all over the world. Now, researchers have found stone tools at a site in the Arabian Peninsula that suggests movement some 125 thousand years ago. Many advocates for...

High Court To Hear U.S. Passport Dispute Over Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an appeal from an American born in Jerusalem over whether he can have Israel listed as his birthplace on his passport even though U.S. policy does not recognize the once-divided city as belonging to Israel. The court is stepping into. ....

Air pollution may be causing mega-cyclones striking India & the Middle East

It is well known that warm sea-surface temperatures can boost the intensity of hurricanes (known in the Indian Ocean as cyclones). For many decades water in the Arabian Sea has been warm, which should enhance the strength of cyclones. However, regional winds in the upper and lower atmosphere tend to...

Middle East Christians, Human Rights and Dhimmitude

The Christian population has been plummeting across the Middle East in recent years. The primary cause of the decline is radical Islamic persecution of non-Muslims, from church burnings to outright murder simply for the "crime" of being Christian. Approximately 150,000 Christians are...

BOOK REVIEW: "A Brilliant, Much-Needed Resource" - Raj Bhala’s Understanding Islamic Law (Shari‘a) By John Balouziyeh

Raj Bhala’s Understanding Islamic Law (Shari‘a) (LexisNexis, Understanding Series 2012) A Brilliant, Much-Needed Resource By John Balouziyeh Professor Raj Bhala’s Understanding Islamic Law ( Shari‘a ) (LexisNexis, Understanding Series 2012; US $45 paperback, US $34...

Common ancestor of Homo sapiens and Neandertals may have thrown spears, albeit at short range

The timeline related to when the genus homo used spears has been recently elucidated. Human ancestors were killing game about 3/4 of a million years ago in the Middle East, as evidenced by butchered deer carcasses. Until now, the earliest stone spear tips were found at a Neandertal site in France and...

Hiba Husseini on Secured Transactions Regimes in Emerging Arab Market Economies

by Hiba Husseini Access to credit is one limitation on growth in Arab economies. Secured transactions laws leave borrowers unable to leverage while lenders struggle to manage uncertainty created by outdated laws. Reform can reduce lender risk and increase credit. With an open regime eliminating barriers...