from FaithWorld:

Christians in Arab Gulf face hurdles to worship

By Reuters Staff
October 8, 2010

doha church (Photo: Worshippers pack the first Mass at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Doha, March 15, 2008/Fadi Al-Assaad)

Every Friday in the Muslim Gulf Arab state of Kuwait, 2,000 worshippers cram into a 600-seat church or listen outside to the mass relayed on loudspeakers, prompting their Roman Catholic bishop to worry about a stampede. "If a panic happens, it will be a catastrophe ... it is a miracle that nothing has happened," said Bishop Camillo Ballin.

from Route to Recovery:

Facing tough credit market, casino owner will go it alone

November 11, 2009

ROUTE-RECOVERY/

GULFPORT, Mississippi – Before the recession hit, Rick Carter was hoping to borrow money to renovate a hotel damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

from Route to Recovery:

Four years after Katrina, high-cost insurance dogs Gulf Coast

November 11, 2009

ROUTE-RECOVERY/

GULFPORT, Mississippi – It’s been more than four years since Hurricane Katrina lifted the casino barges of this Gulf Coast town at the end of August 2005 and dumped them on the shore, yet locals complain they are still paying a high financial price for that cataclysmic event.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Should Pakistan grow food for the Gulf?

June 16, 2008

Queuing to buy wheat flour in Peshawar/May file photoThis is an idea that looks crazy at first glance -- Pakistan, struggling with its own food shortages and rising prices, rents out its farmland to grow grains for the rich Gulf states instead. 

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Looking at the positive side of Pakistan’s economy

June 8, 2008

A man eats free food in Karachi/Zahid HusseinAmid the conventional wisdom that Pakistan's economy is falling to pieces -- a view reinforced inside the country by soaring food prices and frequent power cuts -- it's interesting to see that someone still sees it as a hot market for foreign funds.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Maybank buys into Pakistan

May 5, 2008

Maybak tower in Kuala Lumpur/Bozuki MohammadAfter asking last month whether the media should be more positive about Pakistan -- the comments on the whole seemed to suggest we should be, while not being blind to the risks-- it was interesting to see that Malaysia's top lender, Malayan Banking, had no such doubts.