on assignment, Sana'a

on assignment, Sana'a

Collective Intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


India and China’s tug of war over Sri Lanka

India sets out to exert greater economic influence to check China’s efforts to turn the island into a maritime hub along its planned ‘One Belt, One Road’ trading route.more >

Netanyahu under pressure as media corruption and graft probes gather pace

Investigations shine a light on the controversial role of newspapers and business in Israeli politics.more >

Brazil’s Temer faces biggest challenge yet

Temer pushes ahead with unpopular reforms as corruption allegations threaten to hobble his government. more >

Calm returns to Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta - but for how long?

While a fragile truce is allowing Nigeria to step up oil output, a resolution of the crisis is likely to take some time.more >

US sanctions: some red lines are redder than others

Just as the US imposes new sanctions on Syria for chemical weapons attacks, it eases measures against Sudan despite evidence of similar abuses.more >

Warsaw’s turf war

The capital grapples with a property ownership controversy that has caused a political storm.more >

Nuclear deal looms large as Iran’s presidential election approaches

Ebrahim Raisi has emerged as a strong conservative contender who can take advantage of the disappointment with the meagre dividends from the end of sanctions.more >

Foreign investors resuscitating Egypt’s sickly economy

Many fled after the fall of Mubarak, but they are now showing renewed interest as reforms linked to a major IMF loan take effect.more >

Can Macri mend Argentina’s economy before October’s elections?

While there is evidence of economic green shoots, President Macri is finding it hard to secure foreign direct investment as an important electoral test of his reforms approaches.more >

Russia emerges as a wheat superpower

Russian grain producers lead agricultural revival that has seen record food exports. more >

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