Redefining cinema in Egypt

Some heavy-hitters in Egypt's cinema world have helped create a home for independent movies.
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Amal Magdy for Al-Monitor on February 8

Will French carmakers rev up Iran’s auto industry?

The Rouhani administration focuses on forging partnerships with international carmakers to boost Iran’s embattled automotive sector.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 8

How Turkey's foreign policy may have lost it $25 billion in trade with Iran

A preferential trade agreement between Turkey and Iran has failed to stop the decline in bilateral trade as regional political disputes between the two neighbors deepen.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 8

Is this the end of Turkish miracle?

Turkey’s economic success story of the past decade has dramatically changed, becoming instead a tale of caution.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor on February 8

How sanctions helped Iranian tech industry

The sanctions both hurt and helped Iran’s high-tech industry.
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 Mahmoud Pargoo for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 4

Will Saudi's cut to trade with Iran really matter?

Saudi Arabia’s cutting of commercial ties with Iran appears to be having a far smaller impact than Riyadh’s parallel severing of diplomatic relations with Tehran.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 3

Why some Gazan professors are selling their homes

The financial crisis plaguing the Islamic University in the Gaza Strip forced some of its employees to seek the help of charitable institutions.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 3

Palestinians in Jordan outraged over new work permit requirements

Jordan’s decision to require work permits for Palestinians holding temporary passports on its territory will further add to their economic and social suffering.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 2

Turkish products break Egyptian monopoly over Gazan markets

Strengthening diplomatic ties between Turkey and Hamas means Turkish products have been flooding Gazan markets, leading some to believe the blockade on the Gaza Strip could be lifted.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 1

How the Islamic State is still seeping through Syria-Turkey border

Despite new security measures, including walls, Islamic State traffic through the Turkey-Syria border has not stopped.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on February 1

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