How Turkey's new minimum wage may end up hurting employees

Employers who don’t want to pay Turkey's pending minimum wage increase are threatening to relocate facilities or hire illegal Syrian workers for low wages.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 29

Will Palestine shun the shekel?

Many Palestinian officials consider dethroning the shekel as a necessary step toward limiting Palestine's economic ties with Israel.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 29

Will Gaza’s public employees accept land in lieu of salaries?

Hamas resorted to drastic measures to cater to the employee salary crisis, as the consensus government has been neglecting this issue since it was formed in 2014.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 25

Iran has high hopes for slick new oil contract model

Iran's soon-to-be unveiled oil contract is designed to attract foreign investment amid the toughest investment climate in years, but what distinguishes it from the current model contract?
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 Farshad Kashani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 25

Will Israel build offshore nuclear power plant?

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promotes the outline for the natural gas resource and benefits distribution, several experts promote the idea of offshore gas and civil nuclear energy plants.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on November 23

Sudan gets $2.2B for joining Saudi Arabia, Qatar in Yemen war

After providing financial support, Saudi Arabia is collecting on its IOU from Sudan, which now finds itself enmeshed in Yemen's civil war.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on November 23

Do Iranian hard-liners really want to stop foreign investment?

Despite criticism and warnings of "infiltration" in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, are Iranian hard-liners really opposed to foreign investment?
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 23

Hamas-Fatah squabble puts future of 25,000 Gazan students at risk

As the Hamas-Fatah dispute over the chairmanship of Al-Aqsa University continues, the Education Ministry is threatening to revoke the school's accreditation.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 20

Why it pays to be a settler in Israel

The 2015-2016 state budget reflects well the priorities of the Netanyahu government, with generous funding and allocations to the settlers and religious parties, while neglecting the periphery, the Arabs and Israel's secular heritage.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on November 20

As the economy falters, Egypt’s police launch a ‘war on prices’

Egypt’s supply police launch a campaign to reduce the prices of some goods, with the government calling it a war on high prices.
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 Emir Nader for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 22

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