Amid decreasing aid, Sahrawis seek self-sufficiency

A Sahrawi woman's successful business of producing traditional garments is helping other Western Sahara refugees support themselves in Algeria after decades of dependency on aid organizations.
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 Habibulah Mohamed Lamin for Al-Monitor on May 25

What's fueling opposition to Iran's new oil contracts?

The future of a new framework for Iranian oil contracts remains blurry as political infighting seems to be preventing its finalization.
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 David Ramin Jalilvand for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 25

How much will $15 billion IMF loan really cost Iraq?

The International Monetary Fund's loan to the Iraqi government may come with too many strings attached.
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 Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on May 24

Rouhani praises 'historic' day for Iran, India, Afghanistan

The leaders of Iran, India and Afghanistan gathered in Tehran to sign an agreement to develop a transit system connecting their countries via the southeastern Iranian port of Chabahar.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 23

Is it time to tame Iran's lawless publishing sector?

Iranians are debating whether to join the international Berne Convention on copyright, with advocates arguing that signing on will bring legitimacy to Iranian publishing and detractors fearing copyright enforcement will only benefit the corrupt and powerful.
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 Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 24

Rouhani’s greatest win on the verge of becoming liability

Both ends of the bargain of the nuclear deal must be delivered to ensure the agreement will be a lasting legacy.
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 Ellie Geranmayeh for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 19

Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin

Bedouin families in the Gaza Strip continue to breed camels, which are considered a significant part of Bedouin tradition and an important source of income.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 22

Will new agreement lead to increase in Palestinian exports?

A new Palestinian-Jordanian agreement will allow the export of goods in small containers to Jordan for the first time ever, which Palestinians hope will increase their global exports.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 19

Will opening of Israeli crossing help Gaza’s economy?

Israel recently announced plans to reopen the Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing into Gaza, but many say it is not enough to relieve Gaza’s devastated economy.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 18

The real reason Israel’s economy is slipping toward recession

While recent figures indicate that the Israeli economy is heading toward a recession, are politicians suppressing the connection between the economy and the diplomatic stalemate?
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 18

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