Is Iran's inflation deflating economic recovery?

Will the domestic pressures Rouhani is facing force him to abandon his goal of single-digit inflation?
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 Djavad Salehi-Isfahani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 6

Car smuggling business revs up as Palestinians skirt Israeli restrictions

Some car smugglers in Palestine are carrying out covert importation operations of Chinese cars from Egypt through the tunnels.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 6

New gas fields add more heat to already simmering Mediterranean

The recent gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean Sea have given the concerned countries, mainly Egypt, Turkey and Israel, a new urgency in settling their maritime border disputes.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 6

Once an immigrant himself, Chobani yogurt founder becomes icon for refugees

A Kurdish immigrant from Turkey, Hamdi Ulukaya became the founder and CEO of the top-selling Greek yogurt in the United States and has now pledged to donate much of his wealth to refugees.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on October 5

Will new trade hall bring forth better Palestinian-Israeli economic relations?

Economic relations between Israelis and Palestinians might be on their way to seeing improvement, but businessmen, mostly Palestinians, are still treading carefully.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 5

Iraq's failing construction projects

Corruption seems to be behind the failure of construction and development projects in Iraq.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on October 5

Can Iran shield its embattled auto sector?

Amid a parliamentary move to hike car import tariffs, debate surfaces on the wider problem of what to do about Iran's troubled auto sector.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 4

The changing fabric of foreign companies in Turkey

The number of European companies in Turkey has stagnated, while the number of Asian companies is booming.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 2

Should European states transport refugees themselves?

Refugees and migrants are paying thousands of dollars to smugglers to reach Europe, so why don't European governments cut into the trade and provide the migrants safe transportation?
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor on October 2

Solar power pays off for enterprising Palestinians

Palestinians are installing mini solar stations at home to produce electricity at affordable prices.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 2

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