Iran's water crisis reaches critical levels

Iran's political leadership must move quickly, and non-ideologically, to resolve the current water use crisis and avoid the possibility of mass migrations.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 1

Iraq, Syria crises cost billions for Turkey

The amount Turkey has paid for the Iraqi and Syrian crises in the last four years has reached over $16 billion.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on April 30

Tunisia courts foreign investment

Tunisia is going above and beyond to attract badly needed foreign money after seeing only a small fraction of the success that Egypt has enjoyed.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 1

Ancient market at heart of modern Baghdad

The Iraqi capital's ancient and well-preserved Shorja market has long been a meeting point for Iraqis and a barometer of the political and economic situation in the country.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on April 30

Gazans pursue jobs in Israel despite danger

Difficult living conditions inside the Gaza Strip have pushed citizens to risk their lives to emigrate in search of work even without the proper Israeli permits.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 1

Fast food booms in Gaza

Gaza's restaurant sector is thriving as residents flock to one of the few available diversions.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 1

Hamas imposes new taxes to meet payroll dues

In an attempt to raise the payrolls of employees appointed by the previous Hamas government, new taxes have been levied on goods and services in Gaza, angering importers and consumers.
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 Hazem Balousha for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 29

Iran's tourism industry scrambles to catch up with demand

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani improves relations with the West, Iranian officials announce they will build more hotels to meet the expected demand of foreign tourists.
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Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 1

Iran official warns water crisis could lead to mass migration

The adviser for water, agricultural and environment to Iran’s vice president warns that if Iran doesn't cut its water exploitation in half, the country could see a mass exodus.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on April 28

US CEOs find crowded field in Iran

A group of American executives found a warm welcome in Iran and plenty of company from other foreigners investigating post-sanctions business opportunities.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on April 28

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