AKP’s war economy widens income gap

A recent survey by Turkey’s official statistics agency reveals growing income disparities as the country’s economic downturn continues amid unrest both at home and in the region.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 28

Fulfilling vision of Peres requires dismantling settlements

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres' Middle East peace legacy can only be realized if the settlements he himself approved many years ago are dismantled.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 28

Financial watchdog worries Iranian hard-liners

Fierce criticism of engagement with the Financial Action Task Force rages on in Iran, but the government is holding firm with the support of several political heavyweights.
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 Saheb Sadeghi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 28

Gazans aren't spared from iPhone frenzy

Despite the 10-year siege, iPhone mobile devices still make it into the Gaza Strip, where there is a high demand among the citizens who pay large amounts of money to own smartphones and keep up with technology.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 27

Iran releases jailed Iranian-Canadian academic

Just back from New York, President Hassan Rouhani has been harshly reminded that engagement with the United States should not go beyond the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Iran releases a detained Iranian-Canadian professor.
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 Misha Zand for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 26

Foreign policy mishaps prove costly for Turkish contractors

The AKP government’s foreign policy blunders have cost Turkish contractors abroad $16 billion of revenue losses.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 26

Why is Iraq not profiting from religious tourism?

While the number of Shiite pilgrims to Iraqi holy sites has been increasing significantly since 2003, Iraq has failed to benefit economically.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on September 26

How secondhand donations are funding development in Ramallah

A Ramallah shop is trying to do its part to help lessen Palestinians' reliance on foreign assistance for development.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 26

Trade union head says labor laws don’t protect Gaza's workers

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions head Sami al-Amasi discusses working conditions in the Gaza Strip, in light of growing poverty and increasing unemployment levels.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 28

Are Egypt's lackluster efforts leaving it isolated?

Egypt seems to be ignoring chances to upgrade its social standing in the world.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 25

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