Middle East

An IEA report suggests that oil prices have bottomed-out, are now on the rebound, and that demand for OPEC's oil will start rising next year. OPEC predicts that U.S. oil consumption will increase after years of decline, thanks to U.S. motorists.
Feb 12, 2015   OPEC Says U.S. Motorists
While calling Israeli settlement construction "folly" the U.S. has nonetheless vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlement construction as "illegal."
Feb 20, 2011   Al Jazeera
New York Time's columnist David Leonhardt contends that what Egypt really needs to do is refocus on urbanism.
Feb 17, 2011   The New York Times
More than $200 billion worth of projects are either planned or underway in Qatar, and nearly half of them are infrastructure.
Feb 4, 2011   Gulf Times
With recent uprisings in Cairo and Tunis, we are reminded that the city has been the center of revolutionary action for hundreds of years, according to this piece from Edward L. Glaeser.
Feb 2, 2011   The New York Times
Planned as an super-opulent development off the coast of Dubai, the artificial archipelago "The World" appears to be sinking back into the sea.
Jan 26, 2011   Telegraph
The U.S. war in Afghanistan is also a broad infrastructure building effort, according to military officials who talk about a rail building effort known as the Silk Road Initiative
Jan 25, 2011   Transportation Nation
Nick Aster takes a ride on the world's first fully operational trackless "Personal Rapid Transit" system.
Jan 21, 2011   Earth & Industry
Aleppo, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, is undergoing a conservation project that includes the restoration of hundreds of houses, a new park, and rebuilding city streets and services.
Jan 14, 2011   The New York Times
Over the last 50 years, preservation in Syria focused on restoring architecturally significant buildings, "sometimes destroyed the communities around them," writes Nicolai Ouroussoff. A plaza in Aleppo represents a change in strategy.
Dec 27, 2010   The New York Times
Capitalism and bourgeois values built the city of Tel Aviv, which stands today as an outlier in Israel, according to this article.
Dec 22, 2010   City Journal