on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


US conflict mineral rule under threat

A regulation credited with promoting greater supply chain transparency appears to have been weakened, and may eventually be repealed.more >

Trouble brewing for Saudi heir

As Mohammed bin Salman prepares for his ascent, he is facing growing discontent among members of the royal family and ordinary Saudis.more >

Turkey risks blowback with mooted Kurdistan sanctions

Cutting a Kurdish oil pipeline could undermine Turkish economic and security interestsmore >

Modi’s bumpy anti-corruption drive

The Indian premier’s attempt to tackle ‘black money’ and financial crime is proving controversial.more >

Brazil’s corruption scandals undercut promising privatisation, pension reform

With his reform programme under strain, President Temer is embarking on a big privatisation programme to promote growth. more >

Egypt’s economic recovery overshadowed by political turbulence

Investors are showing renewed interest in Egypt as economic reforms take effect, but the stability that underpins the turnaround is under strain.more >

Can the Philippines afford Duterte’s infrastructure spending spree?

Some fear huge construction programme aimed to boost employment and foreign investment could rack up unsustainable debts.more >

UK companies face export perils

Those who unwittingly flout anti-bribery laws and trade restrictions risk heavy fines and reputational damage.more >

Why Trump should be careful in sanctioning the Venezuelan regime

The administration weighs up its response to Maduro’s latest bid to consolidate his powers. more >

Ethiopia’s economy rides out anti-government unrest

While the recent upheavals unnerved foreign investors, the economy continues to grow apace. more >

Notes from the field

Our work takes us all over the world. Here we share some of our more personal perspectives on some of the destinations we have visited, filed on location.

Angola at the crossroads

Spend any time in Luanda, Angola’s bustling capital, and the first thing that hits you is the sharp disparities in wealth.

Editor's Choice

A daily selection of news articles from around the world, chosen by our analysts:

04 Oct 2017
Duterte to file impeach rap against ombudsman >
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he would file an impeachment case against Ombusdman Conchita Carpio-Morales for “selective justice” and for “illegally” obtaining his bank records.“We will file an impeachment case...

Source: Philippine Star

04 Oct 2017
JUST IN: Senate to investigate Inspector general of Police over alleged bribery and corruption >
The Senate has resolved to investigate the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris Kpotum, of alleged bribery and...

Source: NigerianTell