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Will Iran's new mortgage plan stimulate housing market?

New plans to increase the ceiling for mortgages in Iran creates unnecessary bureaucracies and is not enough to stimulate demand in the housing market.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 28

Kahlon's election promise blunder

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon won 10 Knesset seats after promising to dismantle monopolies and share more equally natural resources, but this promise is now questioned in view of his friendship with a leading Israeli businessman.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 28

What will happen once Iran's assets are unfrozen?

The repatriation of Iran's $120 billion in blocked assets must be paced and rational to avoid negative consequences for its economy, and Tehran must make investment decisions based on technocratic approaches as opposed to political and ideological ones.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 26

Egypt Nile water pollution on the rise

Egypt’s Nile water pollution rates are alarming, and people and natural life are being affected, while the efforts on the part of the government to fix the situation remain questionable.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 22

Turkish NGO helps mothers return to work

Turkish women are poorly represented in the workforce, but a new foundation aims to change that.
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 Riada Ašimović Akyol for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 24

Turkey can’t part with currency zeroes

Though Turkey wiped off six zeroes from its currency a decade ago, politicians stick to old figures, hoping for a stronger propaganda impact in the run-up to general elections.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 21

Aleppo's displaced find hope in small businesses

Displaced and often struggling to live decently, the people of Aleppo are capitalizing on their skills and investing in small enterprises wherever they live to make ends meet.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on May 26

Damaged gas cylinders become another threat to Gazans

In addition to other hardships suffered by Palestinians, damaged gas cylinder explosions are claiming the lives of citizens in Gaza who are unaware of their risks.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 24

Is there a potato conspiracy in Turkey?

A fall in potato crops, increased exports to Syria and Iraq and hoarding have led to an unprecedented potato shortage in Turkey.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 19

Iraq’s missing money

Amid the deteriorating economy and the drop in oil revenues, a huge chunk of the federal budget seems to have disappeared, most of it reportedly lost under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 19

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