on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


Is Putin raiding Russia’s banks?

An overhaul of the country's private banks gathers momentum, raising concerns in some quarters. more >

Race to exploit Mediterranean gas raises regional hackles

Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon vie over claims to gas reserves more >

Questions raised about ‘piecemeal’ approach to tackling UK corruption

Police gain new powers to seize the assets of corrupt individuals, but a key weapon in their anti-graft armoury is missing.more >

Lebanon’s enforcement of US Hezbollah sanctions leaves Salameh with tough balancing act

In enforcing US anti-money laundering legislation targeting Hezbollah, Central Bank Governor must ensure ordinary Shia are not penalised.more >

Fresh doubts raised over Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts

Progress on rooting out graft is being put at risk by resistance to greater transparency.more >

What prompted North Korea to start talking?

Sanctions or threat of military strike – the latter seems more likely.more >

Russia’s rich and powerful fret over upcoming wealth disclosure

A report by the US Treasury is set to lift the lid on the extent of their assets, possibly damaging their business interests at home and abroad.more >

Russia’s east struggles to lure investors

Putin will have to do more to reduce business risks and other disincentives in order to draw hoped-for East Asian investment into Russia’s resource-rich Far East. more >

Alaco Insight Report: Key players in Zimbabwe speak of economic hopes

Alaco canvasses the views of leading stakeholders on the likelihood of a recovery under the country’s new leader. more >

Sri Lankans sceptical of China’s investment rush

Huge Chinese-funded infrastructure projects raise hopes and concerns in equal measure.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.

Tunisia starts to show signs of economic recovery

Tunis has all the trappings of a great Mediterranean city, but the visitors that once thronged its beaches, corniche and historic centre are these days few and far between. The terraces of Gammarth’s swanky hotels, where you used to struggle to find a table, are now mostly occupied by wealthy Tunisois, business travellers and the odd tourist.

Editor's Choice

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21 Feb 2018
What Did Netanyahu Leave Out in His Second Response to the Latest Corruption Scandal >
Netanyahu gave two different versions on the reports alleging that his former aide offered a judge the attorney general post to nix case against Sara Netanyahu Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Source: Haaretz

21 Feb 2018
South Africa:The Post Zuma Economic Bump Will Be Brief >
Blog By Aubrey Hruby Since Jacob Zuma took office in May 2009 South Africa's economy has been a story of low-to-no growth flagrant corruption and extreme inequality Indeed his erratic policies have...

Source: Uncova