Archive for the ‘Syria’ Category

The World’s Least Liveable Cities are Starting to Improve

Via The Economist, a report on how cities in the Middle East and Africa currently remain at the bottom of EIU’s liveability index, but their scores are going up: Egypt’s government worries that its citizens may get trapped in their lifts. Frequent power outages in Cairo, the capital, during the sweltering summer months mean that […]

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Iran, Syria Ink MoU to Boost Cooperation in ICT Sector

Via Tasnim News, an article on new cooperation between Iran and Syria in the ICT sector: Iran and Syria signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to bolster cooperation in the field of communications and information technology (ICT). Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) Issa Zarepour, who accompanies President Ebrahim Raisi in his visit […]

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Diplomats Weigh Plans to Broaden Iran-Syria Economic Ties

Via Tasmin News, an article on plans between Iran and Syria to broaden economic ties: The foreign ministers of Iran and Syria discussed ways to promote economic cooperation between the two countries by facilitating interaction between the state-run and private sectors. In a Saturday meeting in Damascus, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his Syrian […]

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Syrian Economy: On Brink of Collapse

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on Syria’s economy which is on the brink of collapse: The wages Youssef once earned as a taxi driver in Aleppo used to be enough: though the days were often long, his family had never been in need. But in recent weeks, acute fuel shortages have paralysed regime-held […]

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China Donates Communications Equipment To Syrian Regime

Via Enab Baladi, a report on China’s recent aid to the Syrian regime in the form of equipment and a communications network which has raised questions about the motives of Beijing: On 20 July, the Syrian regime’s Minister of Communications, Iyad al-Khatib, signed with the Chinese Ambassador to Syria, Feng Biao, an aid agreement, including communications equipment for […]

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China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Risk in Syria May Reap Big Rewards

Via VOA, a report on Syria’s recent decision to join China’s BRI: Syria, a country torn by civil war, recently joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a move analysts say reflects China’s growing interest in the Middle East. Through BRI, China has been investing in and building infrastructure on several continents to realize its […]

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