Alison Tahmizian Meuse, Asia Times

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Recent articles by Alison:

Saudi prince defends trophy projects amid crisis

When Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan announced austerity measures in May, including an US$8 billion cutback on spending on Vision 2030 — Crown → Read More

Lebanon faces abyss as top technocrats jump ship

The resignation of two of Lebanon’s most respected financial officials in the span of a fortnight has raised fears among civil society that there is no → Read More

Lebanon’s beverage makers seek survival, revival

The unraveling of Lebanon’s US dollar peg has launched a painful reckoning in its prolific beverage industry, as winemakers and brewers struggle to secure → Read More

UAE ambassador offers Israel carrots, not sticks

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, has penned an unprecedented op-ed in an Israeli newspaper, urging against the → Read More

US couple sues Lebanese banks for $150 million

Cases against Lebanese banks mount as the government fails to institute capital controls → Read More

Saudi dips into reserves for stock-buying spree

Saudi Arabia, a country implementing austerity measures in a depressed oil market, has been dipping deep into its national reserves to fund a stock buying → Read More

Japan could link IMF Lebanon aid to Ghosn return

Japan may wield its significant voting power at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to prevent Lebanon from receiving a multi-billion dollar bailout, → Read More

Lebanon banks call for state asset fire sale

Lebanon’s banks, facing US$80 billion in losses amid the evaporation of national reserves, are calling on the government to sell off state assets as compensation. “Lebanon’s banking sector is sound… → Read More

Emirates, Qatar Airways to cull up to 40,000 jobs

Emirates and Qatar Airways, leading international carriers at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, are set to shed tens of thousands of jobs amid → Read More

Syrian exile medics fighting Europe’s virus war

BRUSSELS — Mask, glasses, and surgical cap: Fadi Dalati's face is almost unrecognizable, but one can guess the dark circles under his eyes. “This hospital → Read More

Saudi Arabia gives ‘yellow light’ to Israel debate

BEIRUT – As families across Saudi Arabia wrap up their Ramadan feasts and settle in for an evening of TV under the Covid-19 curfew, a new star-studded → Read More

Iran launches its first spy in the sky

The United States on Thursday said it was tracking two new objects in space, the Noor-1 satellite and a Qased rocket body, apparent confirmation that → Read More

Headline-grabbing oil deal ‘too little, too late’

An unprecedented Easter Sunday OPEC+ accord to slash nearly 10 million barrels per day from the global oil market is "too little and too late," analysts → Read More

OPEC+ preps Trump-taming truce

Saudi Arabia and Russia are expected to come up with an impressive, but inconsequential oil production cut proposal at an OPEC+ video conference on → Read More

Saudi futuristic city turns mirage in Covid-19 era

In the Red Sea coastal province of Tabuk, where the futuristic city of NEOM was meant to rise from the desert, royals have hunkered down in new → Read More

Mecca under 24-hour curfew to contain coronavirus

Saudi Arabia has imposed a 24-hour curfew over Islam's holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, as it fights to contain a Covid-19 outbreak. "The complete, → Read More

Philippines ambassador dies of Covid-19 in Beirut

Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, a trailblazing advocate for her Filipino compatriots in Lebanon, died on Thursday of Covid-19 complications in Beirut. She → Read More

Saudis blow off Trump with a tsunami of oil

The kingdom ratchets up production, despite protests from Washington → Read More

Pompeo leaves daylight for Iran sanctions relief

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has left open the possibility of sanctions relief for Iran as it combats a devastating Covid-19 outbreak. Asked on → Read More

Saudi Arabia to Muslims: Hold off on Hajj

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj has called on Muslims to hold off on planning the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca while the kingdom – and the world – deals → Read More