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IMF delegation headed for Lebanon to ‘speed up’ reforms
The delivery of the IMF loan has been held up for months as a result of US pressure and a refusal from banks to answer for their role in the economic collapse
Sep 16, 2022
Lebanon reaches agreement on reform plan with IMF
The reforms include a complete restructuring of the banking sector and the stabilization of currency exchange rates
Apr 08, 2022
As Turkey’s economy collapses, calls for constitutional reforms grow
Soaring inflation, fluctuating currency rates, epic hike rates demand that Turkey institute urgent constitutional reforms
Jan 10, 2022
No Lebanon gas deal until World Bank agrees: Jordan FM
According to Lebanese media, the World Bank and the US lied to Lebanon about their willingness to approve the funds for this agreement
Mar 30, 2023
Leaked files: How Britain trains Jordan to spy on its citizens
The British government covertly trained Jordanian security services in techniques known as “digital media exploitation” which has been used to monitor, manipulate, and disrupt dissent in the kingdom.
Jan 24, 2023
Police commander killed in Jordan as protests turn violent
Jordan's obligation to the IMF has hindered its ability to tackle the fuel crisis in the kingdom, triggering yet another nationwide strike
Dec 16, 2022
Kuwait to hold parliamentary elections in one month
Recently, the Gulf state has been plagued by a political crisis involving high tension between the elected parliament and the government
Aug 29, 2022
Egypt closes in on reaching new IMF loan agreement
The Egyptian Prime Minister Announced that the government is negotiating to reach an accord with the financial institution
Aug 22, 2022
MbS-Kushner investments could complicate vital Saudi regional diplomacy
The Saudis need to choose: Will it be regional stability with Tehran or regional cooperation with Tel Aviv? Riyadh cannot have both.
Jun 05, 2022
Lebanese Central Bank holds $17.5 billion in gold reserves: Banque du Liban chief
The central bank chief also denied recent comments by a high official saying the country is 'bankrupt'
Apr 08, 2022
To survive, Lebanon needs to get real
As Lebanon's economy continues plunging, it needs to look beyond 'aid and bailouts' to craft a longterm economic plan with friendly neighbors
Jan 18, 2022
For crisis-hit Lebanon, it’s IMF or bust: Washington
Despite claims of wanting to help Lebanon, the US continues to block the implementation of a vital energy-sharing plan with Jordan and Egypt
Mar 31, 2023
Russian-Turkish ‘co-opetition’ from Syria to Nagorno-Karabakh
At a time when conflicts are increasingly interconnected, and provide tactical levers to assert pressure elsewhere, the competition between Russia-Iran and Turkiye in Syria and the South Caucasus is destined to overlap.
Mar 17, 2023
Turkish elections: Can Erdogan maintain his grip on power?
The outcome of Turkiye’s upcoming vote could determine whether Ankara returns to a western-oriented foreign policy, or if Erdogan strengthens the country's autonomous direction.
Mar 02, 2023
Destruction of the ‘Third Temple’: Israel on the brink of civil war
Recent mass protests in Israel against controversial, undemocratic judicial reforms have raised concerns about the potential for domestic civil clashes which threaten the fundamental stability of the 'Jewish state.'
Feb 28, 2023
Iran, China fix diplomatic blunder following Xi’s Saudi visit
Tehran takes a hard stand as Xi Jinping discovers the Persian Gulf can be a diplomatic minefield.
Dec 28, 2022
Iran: To veil or not to veil
During a two-week visit to Iran in November, I witnessed women of all ages walking freely on the streets without the hijab. But, what we're not told, is that they have been doing so for years.
Dec 09, 2022
Made in Britain: How London handpicks Iraqi leaders
An investigation into how the British government groomed young, impressionable Iraqis to serve as their political agents.
Nov 15, 2022
Lebanon to slash official exchange rate
In addition to official and parallel market exchange rates, people have struggled with unfavorable rates for the withdrawal of Lebanese pounds
Sep 28, 2022
Lebanese banks begin partial reopening following heist spree
A number of banks have remained shut, while those that reopened have significantly increased their security
Sep 26, 2022
US to increase foreign aid to Jordan
The 4th Memorandum of Understanding signed between both countries urges Jordan to continue to reform its economy
Sep 17, 2022
How Arab states perceive the US-China standoff
West Asian countries recognize China’s sovereign claims over Taiwan, yet many of them still rely on the US militarily and politically, so where do they stand?
Aug 29, 2022
How the US controls Lebanon’s energy supply
Far from helping Lebanon solve its acute energy crisis, the US is leveraging Egypt’s gas supply to pressure Beirut over US-brokered maritime border talks with Israel
Aug 19, 2022
Behind the Tin Curtain: BRICS+ vs NATO/G7
The west is nostalgically caught up with outdated 'containment' policies, this time against Global South integration. Unfortunately for them, the rest of the world is moving on, together.
Jun 28, 2022
Will the Global South break free from dollarized debt?
In his latest book, economist Michael Hudson pits socialism against finance capitalism and tears apart the 'dream civilization' imposed by the 1 percent.
Jun 09, 2022
Skyrocketing rent and resident evictions ahead of Qatar World Cup
The global sporting event has been mired in controversy over the abuse and deaths of thousands of migrants
May 20, 2022
‘Mutually Assured Development’: a winning formula for Iran-Saudi rapprochement
Restoring diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia will not only benefit both countries economically, but can help stabilize global oil prices and end the war in Yemen.
May 03, 2022
Leaked files expose Britain’s covert infiltration of Palestinian refugee camps
Under the guise of improving the plight of Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees, an initiative by the British Foreign Office has ulterior motives that impact Lebanese domestic politics.
Apr 13, 2022
UN halts emergency aid for Lebanon, urges officials to find solution for fuel crisis
The UN aid plan was launched with the intention of providing fuel support for hospitals and water facilities across Lebanon
Apr 06, 2022
Iranian MPs call upon president not to ‘rush’ Vienna agreements
The letter has asked for a large portion of US sanctions to be removed as a pre-requisite to an agreement in Vienna
Feb 20, 2022