Articles by Alessandria Masi


Alessandria is the Middle East Correspondent for International Business Times. Previously, she was the Middle East North Africa and Underworld reporter at Vocativ.

Her writing has appeared on, amNew York,, Gourmet Live and the Cairo-based website Bikya News. She speaks Italian and French fluently and a sprinkling of Arabic and Spanish. 

Injured woman in Syria

A Ceasefire’s Ongoing Toll

For Syrians who have suffered through more than five years of war, a ceasefire means a lower body count, but not a break from mounting casualties.
Syrian forces in Palmyra

Liberated Palmyra At A Crossroads

Located in an oasis northeast of Damascus, the ancient World Heritage site has become a significant symbolic and military position in the now 5-year-old Syrian conflict.


U.S. Steel Tubes

Layoffs Announced In Separate Sectors

U.S. Steel plans to close one of its blast furnaces in Michigan, while the IT professional network Spicework is set to be acquired by Ziff Davis B2B, with both events resulting in layoffs.
 South China Sea

Philippines Protests China's Militia Flotilla

Calling the deployment of Chinese militia ships a threat and vastly dwarfed militarily, the only recourse the Philippines has is to file diplomatic protests and appeal to international arbiters...