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Has Turkey finally made nice with Russia?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s apology appears to have broken the ice with Russia, but the relationship still needs time to thaw.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on June 30

Egypt moves to ban 'immoral' TV ads

Advertisers are trying to develop innovative commercials that grab the public’s attention without offending people — or government agencies.
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 Ahmed Hidji for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 30

Senior American at IMF says Iran faces 'fundamental' economic choices

A year after the nuclear accord was reached, a top official at the International Monetary Fund said he was impressed on his first visit to Iran by the desire of senior officials there to reform the Iranian economy but that they need to do more to insure sustainable growth.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on June 30

Has Egypt lost its status as star of Arab film industry?

Egyptian production companies have been struggling with growing debts, particularly as actors' salaries are increasing despite lagging revenues.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 29

Iran’s pipeline politics reaches Iraqi Kurdistan

The planned construction of a pipeline connecting Iraqi Kurdistan with Iran could further cement Iran's position as the regional energy hub — and also benefit Kurds on both sides of the border.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 29

Are hard-liners moving in on Iran's Oil Ministry?

Iranian hard-liners may be behind the replacement of the director of the National Iranian Oil Company, dealing a fresh blow to the pro-reform camp.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 28

Will reviving old parliament bring Egypt-Sudan relations back to life?

Egyptian and Sudanese leaders could find solutions to their disputes by reinstating a formerly abandoned, shared parliamentary body.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 28

Erdogan displays survival instinct in Israel reconciliation

Turkey has taken major steps to end its global isolation by reconciling with Israel and apologizing to Russia.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on June 27

One year after Sousse attack, Tunisia’s tourism industry remembers victims while remaining hopeful

Tunisia’s tourism sector, bolstered by increased security, continues to push on following the sharp decline it experienced in the wake of last year’s Sousse attack.
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 Conor McCormick-Cavanagh for Al-Monitor on June 27

Digital map seeks to document 'trail of destruction' of Mideast antiquities

Government and nonprofit organizations are working together to mitigate the threats that the Islamic State, looters and others pose to Middle East antiquities.
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 Shahira Amin for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Cairo wages war on corruption with TV ads, but will it work?

The Egyptian government has launched a TV ad campaign aimed at combating corruption, but some fear it will be ineffective without structural reform.
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 Amr Eltohamy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Why Egypt's 'white gold' production is now in decline

Egyptian cotton exports take another thumping in the latest agricultural season, and local cotton consumption drops as cotton cultivation becomes too heavy a financial burden for Egyptian farmers to bear.
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 Ahmed Hidji for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 24

Are Gaza's mosques wasting electricity?

In light of the Gaza Strip's electricity crisis, some Gazans believe mosques are largely contributing to the problem with unnecessary electricity consumption.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 27

Why Tel Aviv's embrace of street art worries some artists

While the Tel Aviv municipality usually condemns illegal street art, it sees value in its appearance in poor neighborhoods.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 28

Military trials are making a comeback in Egypt

A new decree aimed at protecting public land allows civilians to be brought before military courts.
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 Sayed Elhadidi for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 23

Why Iran should come off financial watchdog’s blacklist

Given major international banks’ continued reluctance to engage with Iranian counterparts despite the nuclear deal, getting Iran off of the FATF blacklist is a key step in addressing this threat to the nuclear deal.
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 Saam Borhani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 23

Why Gaza's beachgoers will be shelling out more money this summer

This year, the municipality of Gaza reduced the number of licenses granted for beach resorts, allowing only four and raising license fees, which will affect the price of services offered to the public in these places.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 26

Why beefing up private security could leave Turks feeling less secure

A surge in the private security sector raises questions about the surge's cause, and about its potential to deteriorate quality of service and basic rights.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on June 23

Poker-faced Netanyahu gambles with US aid money

Top Israeli politicians and security officials are urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the aid package offered by the United States and not take the needless risk of holding out for more.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on June 22

Iranian economists worry about both Clinton and Trump

Iranian economists aren’t terribly excited about the departure of US President Barack Obama.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 21

Gaza’s women use the internet to sell homemade meals

In light of the harsh economic conditions in the Gaza Strip, some housewives have decided to sell their homemade dishes online, which has turned out to be popular, especially during the month of Ramadan.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 21

How Turkish energy giant's plans to light up Iran could boost Rouhani

The Belgium-based Turkish energy firm Unit International’s announcement that it will build seven natural gas-powered electricity production plants worth $4.2 billion in Iran could bring major benefits for the two countries.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 21

Foreign investment in Turkey is rising, but not the type it needs

In the past five years, 24,000 new foreign companies have set up shop in Turkey, but due to a lack of confidence they have avoided industrial production.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 21

Is Mohammed bin Salman gaining upper hand in Saudi Arabia?

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed's visit to Washington this month has some observers believing he might be the man behind all the major decisions in Saudi Arabia.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on June 21

Chicken prices soar during Ramadan in Gaza

Gaza residents are outraged as the government fails to control traders who have increased the price of chicken, which is the preferred meat during the month of Ramadan.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 20

Online gallery gives Beirut's diverse art scene exposure to world

As Syrian artists fleeing the civil war have found an arts haven in Beirut, some of them are gaining exposure to the wider world through the Artscoops website.
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 Tom Rollins for Al-Monitor on June 21

Erdogan expected to put anti-Gulen movement in high gear

The Turkish government has officially declared the Gulen movement a terrorist organization, paving the way for even speedier seizures of Gulen-affiliated universities.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 17

Activists seek to rein in horse mistreatment on unique Turkish island

Mounting criticism over mistreatment of horses could end the carriage trade on Buyukada, a picturesque island near Istanbul that remains off limits to motor vehicles.
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 Sibel Hurtas for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 16

Former Egypt FM says US election outcome won't dictate US-Arab ties

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy says that "the future of Arab-American affairs is 70% controlled by the Arab world and 30% in the hands of the United States," and hence does not depend on the next US president.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 16

Boeing deal would reverse 1993 decision to sell to Saudis, not Iran

A $17 billion deal by Boeing to sell Iran more than 100 civilian airplanes has major ramifications for US-Iran relations, say American and Iranian analysts.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on June 15

Minor blast in Beirut bank will have major repercussions

The bombing of the BLOM Bank in Beirut could have repercussions for Lebanon’s banking, financial, economic, political and security stability.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on June 15

Why sanctions relief has not been enough to kick-start Iran's industry

Iran's industrial sector continues to sag despite the implementation of the nuclear deal, but there are some ways the government could shore up domestic production and stimulate the economy.
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 Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 16

Egypt launches new initiative to control goods prices during Ramadan

In light of the difficult economic situation in Egypt, the Ministry of Supply announced May 20 the implementation of the initiative known as “Ahlan Ramadan,” offering goods at low prices.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 13

Can the Chinese save Israel's tourism industry?

As security concerns continue to weaken the Israeli tourism sector, Israel's Tourism Ministry is investing heavily in efforts to expand its still nascent Chinese market.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 13

Will new 5-year plan solve Iran's economic problems?

Iran's incoming parliament is set to debate the government's ambitious five-year development plan, but will the plan be enough to address the country's economic needs?
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 10

Why does Turkey suddenly need so many bankruptcy trustees?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's battle against the Gulen movement is making some people very rich — and bankrupting others.
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 Ufuk Sanli for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 13

How these female engineers intend to fix Gaza’s roads

Three engineers from Gaza came up with a new technique for asphalt roads, hoping to fix the poor conditions of streets in the Gaza Strip.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 12

Gaza markets full of Ramadan treats, but who can afford them?

With the onset of Ramadan, Gaza’s merchants have plenty of goods to sell for fair prices, but face a costumer base with very little cash.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 10

Is Rouhani’s economic team about to crack?

An escalating dispute between Iran’s Central Bank governor and the minister of economic affairs and finance is threatening to crack President Hassan Rouhani’s economic team.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 8

Will gas thaw the ice between Russia, Turkey?

Russia’s interest in crucial energy projects with Turkey may facilitate fence-mending between the two countries after months of crisis.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 8

How Israeli students are responding to price-gouging landlords with this new app

Israeli activists are promoting tenant protection laws, rent price databases and a special app — all in an effort to reduce rent prices.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 6

Will the end-times begin at this Iraqi lake?

The hidden water source of Lake Sawa in the desert of the Iraqi province of Muthanna has turned it into a religious, historical tale.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on June 7

Why PayPal is leaving Turkey

US-based online payments giant PayPal will halt its operations in Turkey, but there seems to be more to the story than meets the eye.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 6

What is keeping foreign money out of Iran’s stock exchanges?

Beyond the remaining US primary sanctions, a plethora of issues within Iran is effectively acting to hold back badly needed foreign investment.
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 Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 6

Iran finds new port partner in India

Though Iran has made use of the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions to boost ties with India, deepening trade with New Delhi is only part of its vision for such cooperation.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 2

Erdogan kicks off African tour with creative history lesson

As Turkey’s relations with the West continue to sour, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is off to try his luck in Africa.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on June 3

EU eyes return as Iran’s first trade partner

With the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions, Iran and the European Union can now restore their commercial ties — but not without bumps in the road.
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 1

How a US prosecutor is jolting Turkish markets

US prosecutor Preet Bharara’s probe into the dealings of a Turkish-Iranian businessman has both political and financial repercussions in Turkey.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 1

Should Lebanon found national oil company?

Valerie Marcel, an associate fellow at Chatham House who heads the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group, speaks to Al-Monitor about issues concerning good governance in the oil sector in Lebanon.
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 Matt Nash for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 31

Turkey's latest 'civilian coup'

A civilian takeover of the top management of OYAK, a company owned by Turkish military personnel, has raised questions.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on May 31

French oil exec speaks out on prospects of drilling in Lebanon

Elias Kassis, vice president of the Middle East and North Africa division of French oil and gas company Total, says 'there are many factors' companies must consider when deciding whether or not to drill exploratory wells.
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 Matt Nash for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 30

Is Egyptian government pushing farmers to stop growing wheat?

Complicated bureaucracy and shifting subsidizing policies are pushing many Egyptian farmers to give up cultivation of one of the country's most important crops.
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 Albaraa Abdullah for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 29

Iranians in uproar over executive pay at state-owned company

Leaks of executive pay at Iran’s main state-owned insurance company spark a public backlash, with a hint of what President Hassan Rouhani may face as the country enters election season yet again.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 27

Can raw meat dish rescue Turkey from export slump?

By aggressively marketing raw “meat” ball appetizers to Europe and China, Turkey hopes to find new sources of foreign currency.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 29

What's in store for Lebanon's nascent oil, gas sector?

There is a new twist in the debate about Lebanon's best strategy for developing its offshore oil and gas resources.
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 Matt Nash for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 27

Saudi Arabia's post-oil plan enters slippery slope

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 plan, which foresees a post-oil economy for the kingdom, contains many contradictions.
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 Philip Calabro for Al-Monitor on May 27

How Turkey plans to boost home sales to foreigners

Preparations are underway to offer work permits in addition to residency to buyers of real estate in Turkey, and citizenship could be next on the table.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 27

Ultra-Orthodox slaughterhouse faces ax

Ultra-Orthodox butcher Yoel Kraus claims that because he has no ID card and avoids contact with the Israeli authorities as an anti-Zionist, the police are trying to close down the ancient traditional slaughterhouse he operates and imprison him for tax evasion.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 26

Amid decreasing aid, Sahrawis seek self-sufficiency

A Sahrawi woman's successful business of producing traditional garments is helping other Western Sahara refugees support themselves in Algeria after decades of dependency on aid organizations.
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 Habibulah Mohamed Lamin for Al-Monitor on May 25

What's fueling opposition to Iran's new oil contracts?

The future of a new framework for Iranian oil contracts remains blurry as political infighting seems to be preventing its finalization.
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 David Ramin Jalilvand for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 25

How much will $15 billion IMF loan really cost Iraq?

The International Monetary Fund's loan to the Iraqi government may come with too many strings attached.
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 Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on May 24

Rouhani praises 'historic' day for Iran, India, Afghanistan

The leaders of Iran, India and Afghanistan gathered in Tehran to sign an agreement to develop a transit system connecting their countries via the southeastern Iranian port of Chabahar.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 23

Is it time to tame Iran's lawless publishing sector?

Iranians are debating whether to join the international Berne Convention on copyright, with advocates arguing that signing on will bring legitimacy to Iranian publishing and detractors fearing copyright enforcement will only benefit the corrupt and powerful.
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 Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 24

Rouhani’s greatest win on the verge of becoming liability

Both ends of the bargain of the nuclear deal must be delivered to ensure the agreement will be a lasting legacy.
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 Ellie Geranmayeh for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 19

Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin

Bedouin families in the Gaza Strip continue to breed camels, which are considered a significant part of Bedouin tradition and an important source of income.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 22

Will new agreement lead to increase in Palestinian exports?

A new Palestinian-Jordanian agreement will allow the export of goods in small containers to Jordan for the first time ever, which Palestinians hope will increase their global exports.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 19

Will opening of Israeli crossing help Gaza’s economy?

Israel recently announced plans to reopen the Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing into Gaza, but many say it is not enough to relieve Gaza’s devastated economy.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 18

The real reason Israel’s economy is slipping toward recession

While recent figures indicate that the Israeli economy is heading toward a recession, are politicians suppressing the connection between the economy and the diplomatic stalemate?
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 18

How Supreme Court decision to freeze Iran assets undermines US foreign policy

The US Supreme Court’s decision to seize Iranian assets to compensate terror victims is creating a backlash that undermines US business interests and could sabotage US foreign policy.
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 Saam Borhani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 17

Can Lebanon make progress on oil, gas exploration efforts?

A litany of more pressing crises has led to a delay in efforts to advance work on Lebanon's nascent oil and gas sector.
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 Matt Nash for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 16

Can agriculture save Tunisia's economy amid tourism crisis?

While terrorist attacks in Tunisia have led to a massive decline in tourism, some believe that agriculture can save the tiny North African country.
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 Habibulah Mohamed Lamin for Al-Monitor on May 16

How long can Turkey afford growing refugee bill?

The monthly bill of hosting the Syrian refugees in Turkey has shot up to $500 million, in a further strain on the country’s already struggling economy.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 13

After political shake-up, is Turkey heading for economic crisis?

By sidelining Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken full control of the political reins but ambiguity about his economic policies is creating concerns.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 12

How the war on Syria left its mark on Lebanon's economy

The war in Syria, now in its sixth year, has deeply affected Lebanon's social and economic sectors.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on May 13

Beware of the failure of Yemen’s central bank

The Central Bank of Yemen continues to set new policies to tackle the rising inflation and devaluation of the Yemeni rial, knowing its policies will not be effective as long as there is no political will to stabilize the situation.
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 Amal Nasser for Al-Monitor on May 15

Gaza's first food truck brings out the hungry and curious

Two unemployed brothers are finding success operating Gaza's first food truck.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on May 11

Does Iran’s 'resistance economy' welcome foreign money?

In Iran, the hard-line take on the “resistance economy” has led to misunderstandings about the concept, with pro-government economists emphasizing the need for consensus on how to develop the economy.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 10

'Angels' chasing investments in Turkey

Generous government subsidies are bringing more angel investors that support new entrepreneurs with capital infusion and counseling to Turkey.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 10

Kurdish conflict reaches Turkish kitchens

The Kurdish conflict in southeast Turkey has badly hurt farming in the region, worsening the country’s already acute meat production shortage.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 10

Will US terrorism finance law do more harm than good in Lebanon?

The recently passed US law to fight terrorism financing targets Hezbollah, but it could put all of Lebanon in the line of fire.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on May 11

Israeli pioneer fashion returns to Tel Aviv

The newly rebooted Ata fashion line is finding a market in the young generation with its unique brand of Israeli utilitarianism and nostalgia for the early days of the state.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 10

US officials circle globe to explain Iran policy but fail to persuade

Obama administration officials are making strenuous efforts to convince foreign banks that they can return to Iran, but are failing to overcome fears of heavy fines and new sanctions.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on May 9

How Turkey plans to boost halal tourism

The second international halal tourism conference, held in Konya, gave a boost to Turkey’s determination to improve its performance in the growing Muslim travel market.
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 Riada Ašimović Akyol for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 9

Palestine to raise concerns about settlement-based teams at FIFA conference

The Palestinian Football Federation is planning to raise the issue of five Israeli soccer teams located in the occupied territories on the grounds that these teams are violating FIFA statutes.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on May 10

Is Egypt-Sudan border dispute new thorn in Renaissance Dam negotiations?

Although claiming to be independent, some suggest Sudan may in fact be on Ethiopia’s side with regard to the latter’s dispute with Egypt over the Renaissance Dam.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 8

Will 'free financial center' lure foreign banks to Iran?

Iranian authorities are weighing whether to launch a free financial center to encourage capital inflow into the economy.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 6

Erdogan’s secret economic weapon

Turkey’s defense industry sector has emerged as a shining star in a turbulent period of economic jitters and falling exports.
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 Ufuk Sanli for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 4

Why big European banks are reluctant to return to Iran

Iranians and Americans see different reasons for major European banks’ reluctance to return to the Iranian market after the nuclear deal.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on May 3

Gaza renews taxi fleet to dismay of old cab drivers

For the first time in nine years, Israel has allowed the entry of new taxi cars into Gaza, a decision that appealed to Gazans but was met with criticism by the owners of old and dilapidated cars, who fear that the new cars will put them out of business.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 3

Aleppo on verge of decisive battle

UN Syria envoy calls for “urgent initiative” as Syrian offensive in Aleppo appears imminent; the question at the heart of the Aramco IPO offer.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on May 1

Oman and Iran: Friends with many benefits

Oman is willing to brave the GCC's disapproval to take advantage of opportunities with and for Iran.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on April 29

What Iran’s first non-oil trade surplus means for its economy

Iran’s non-oil trade balance has turned positive for the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but is this good news?
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 1

Why is Jordan restricting Palestinians' travel?

Palestinians have been fighting repressive Israeli travel restrictions for years, now they face Jordanian ones too.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 29

Who’s to blame for US seizure of $2 billion in Iranian assets?

Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected blame in a US Supreme Court case that ruled Iran's assets of $2 billion can be seized.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 28

Will Syria's Kurds succeed at self-sufficiency?

Despite major obstacles and challenges, the Kurds are making efforts to achieve economic self-sufficiency in areas they control in northern Syria.
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 Sardar Mlla Drwish for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on May 3

Aid poured into fixing mosques while Gazans live in tents

Enormous funds are being funneled into the reconstruction of destroyed mosques in private projects that are directed by the donors themselves, with money Hamas cannot redirect toward housing displaced Gazans.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 2

Israel's ultra-Orthodox skip Passover cleaning, go on vacation

The exhausting pre-Passover cleaning needed to rid observant houses of leavened bread has inspired many ultra-Orthodox families to celebrate Passover in hotels instead of at home and even led to specialized overseas vacation packages.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on April 28

Khamenei says US pushing 'Iranphobia' to block foreign investment

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the United States for removing the sanctions on paper but in effect scaring large banks from doing business with Iran.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 27

Did Israel’s reaction to BDS drive movement's growth?

Former Ambassador Gideon Meir argues that Israel has engaged itself in a high-profile battle against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, turning it from an insignificant organization into a powerful force.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on April 27

Saudis refine blueprint for post-oil economy

Establishment of the Public Investment Fund to diversify Saudi Arabia's sources of income must be coupled with a sound strategy to achieve the country's goals.
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 Rami Khrais for Al-Monitor on April 26

Will Sisi fulfill his 'Sinai promise'?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised that a new development project will eliminate terrorism and revive the economy in the Sinai Peninsula, but past failures raise doubts about its effective implementation.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 24

Could economic ties be key to calming Egypt-Italy tensions?

Although tensions are high between Cairo and Rome following the murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, the strong economic ties between the two will likely persist.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 21

Why Egyptians' anger at island handover is misplaced

Angry Egyptians decried the return of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia while ignoring possible economic benefits and returns for Egypt as part of the agreement.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on April 21

How sanctions relief became a tool in Iran’s domestic battles

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have stepped up their criticism, claiming that Iran has not yet been reconnected to the global financial communications system.
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 Khatereh Vatankhah for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 21

Is this the death of print media in Egypt?

To cut down on costs, Egypt’s newspapers may stop publishing their print editions.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 22

Gaza needs new housing, but where will it build?

It seems that the growing need for housing units has prompted Gaza's government to build in high-risk buffer zones near the eastern border.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 20

Gleam of hope in gold trade fades in Gaza

Israel banned the export and import of gold in the Gaza Strip after allowing its resumption in February.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 24

Red Sea bridge project resurfaces

Backers hope to calm old concerns with new plans for a bridge between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 19

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Fethullah Gulen, Turkey's most controversial cleric

Questions remain concerning the future of Fethullah Gulen, a minor preacher who quickly rose to become one of Erdogan's closest allies, only to fall out of favor and remain in self-imposed exile in the US.
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 Murat Bilgincan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 19

Ankara uses water pipeline to drown out opposition in Turkish Cyprus

Turkish Cyprus has been plunged into a political crisis in the wake of Ankara’s imposition of a tough water-supply agreement coupled with the suspension of financial aid to the island.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 19

Will drought fuel water conflict between Cairo, Addis Ababa?

As drought continues to plague Ethiopia, the longstanding dispute over precious water resources in the Nile Basin is intensifying.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 18

How Rouhani is moving to boost Iran's stock market

Given Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to dislodge rials locked in bank deposits, amid the weak returns of traditional investments such as gold, foreign currency and property, it appears that the Iranian stock market is set for a major influx of capital.
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 Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 18

Central Bank governor: Iran expects access to US financial system

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif said Iran has made economic progress even before the lifting of sanctions and invited American companies to compete with Europeans in trading with and investing in Iran.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on April 15

Will the true culprits surface in Lebanon's infamous Internet racket?

Officials are investigating claims of corruption and espionage in Lebanon's Internet management.
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 Esperance Ghanem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on April 18

Syria's Kurds take control of oil fields, now what?

After Kurdish forces took control of parts of northeastern Syria, they have found themselves facing many challenges, including the management of their oil wells.
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 Massoud Hamed for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on April 15

Palestinians pop up in Panama Papers

The Panama Papers included many names from the Palestinian Authority, an institution already facing widespread allegations of corruption.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 15

Turkey’s new 4G mobile network comes with many dark clouds

While the fourth-generation mobile data network arrived in Turkey this month, high costs, insufficient infrastructure and potential concerns from the government mean doubts remain about the extent to which it will benefit citizens.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 14

Can Egypt's new Cabinet avoid mistakes of the past?

Sweeping changes in Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail's Cabinet have some observers recalling a previous premier's successful, but dubious, lineup.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 13

Iran revs up for auto revolution

The ownership structure of the Iranian auto market is set to radically change over the coming year as international carmakers make their entry.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 13

Hamas, PA face off on financial front

Palestinian individuals and institutions are complaining about procedures implemented by the Palestinian Authority to monitor exchange office and bank transactions suspected of aiding Hamas.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 13

What Turkey’s new Central Bank chief means for the economy

In a first for Turkey, an Islamic finance professional has been named Central Bank governor amid questions of whether the appointment is linked to Erdogan’s war on interest rates.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 12

Is inequality rising in Rouhani’s Iran?

With the nuclear deal in hand, President Hassan Rouhani’s greatest challenge in the run-up to the 2017 presidential elections appears to be ensuring not only that the dividends of his foreign policy focus are reaped, but that they are evenly distributed.
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 Djavad Salehi-Isfahani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 12

Why Israel's millennials refuse to leave home

Israeli parents accuse their 30- and 40-year-old children of being spoiled and uncommitted to work hard as they did, while children blame them for handing over a country in a dire economic and security situation.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on April 12

Treasury secretary says US financial system will stay closed to Iran

US refusal to allow “U-turn transactions” involving the US dollar undermines sanctions relief for Iran.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on April 11

Turkey witnesses 'unprecedented onslaught on critical media'

Since coming to power in 2002, Turkey’s ruling party has employed unprecedented means to expand pro-government media and curb critical media, acting in cooperation with crony businessmen and using public funds.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 11

Will government seize Turkey's largest bank?

Isbank, Turkey's largest private bank, is seen as a government takeover target.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 11

Currency crash adds to Syrians’ woes

The crash in the Syrian pound’s value against foreign currencies has resulted in higher food prices and increased demand for other currencies.
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 Tamer Osman for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on April 12

Will Ramallah be Palestine's first 'smart city'?

The Ramallah municipality has implemented a number of technology projects in an effort to become a "smart city," but it faces numerous obstacles.
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 Adam Rasgon for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 12

Will US-Saudi 'special relationship' last?

Despite what many observers see as a strain in US-Saudi relations over very different if not completely opposite foreign policy postures, the two countries' shared interests remain a firm and unchanging foundation for their cooperation.
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Fahad Nazer for Al-Monitor on April 8

Syria's withering agricultural sector

Five years into the raging revolution, Syria's once-flourishing agricultural system is threatened with complete collapse.
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 Asaad Hanna for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on April 11

Private collectors fuel demand for looted Mideast antiquities

Archaeological experts say social dislocation and terrorism are increasing the ability of organized gangs to traffic artifacts to clients in Europe, Asia and the United States.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on April 7

Despite criticism, Rouhani calls for more international deals

President Hassan Rouhani warns that opportunities arising from the nuclear deal won't last forever and Iran must take advantage of them and engage with the world.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 7

Can Turkey break its Russian gas habit?

With no end to bilateral tensions in sight, Turkey is making plans to significantly cut down Russia’s majority share of its natural gas supply.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 7

Some Gazans fear Turkish generosity may come at high price

Turkey’s crucial humanitarian aid and booming economic projects in Gaza could have hidden political motives.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 7

Tourism blooms in Israel's Arava desert

After the fall of the ruble and a crisis in the pepper market, farmers in the Arava desert region are playing host to a fledgling tourism industry.
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 Nurit Canetti for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on April 7

Syrian refugees boost Turkish economy, but for how long?

Syrian refugees provided a much-needed boost to the slowing Turkish economy last year, but their contribution is not expected to last.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 6

Hamas' call for more taxes gets Gazans fired up

Gazans are questioning Hamas’ decision to impose additional taxes, as they are still plagued by poverty, unemployment and insecurity, with no plans for development on the horizon.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 14

Iran hopes to get its trains back on track

The development of Iran’s railways has been slow in the past decades, but the sector might finally be getting the attention it deserves.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 7

Are Iranian hard-liners backing Trump?

Iranian newspapers have returned after a two-week hiatus, with one hard-line editor offering up what seems to be an endorsement of US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 3

Is Turkey headed for a housing bubble?

Will Turkey’s housing sector, which leads the world in price increases, continue to attract foreign investors?
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 1

What Saudi Arabia is doing to save water

Saudi Arabia’s self-sufficiency policy has led to the overconsumption of water, a resource that Saudi Arabia critically needs.
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 Rami Khrais for Al-Monitor on April 4

Should they stay or should they go? Turkey leaves foreign investors at odds

Short-term foreign investors staged their biggest flight from Turkey last year, while foreign direct investments shot up to a seven-year high.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 1

Will PA continue enforcement of Israeli products ban?

The Palestinian government officially and for the first time ever decided to ban the entry of five Israeli companies' products into the West Bank, which will bolster the Palestinian economy.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 1

Will Egyptian parliament cut into the military's profit margin?

The Egyptian army’s strength may hinder any attempt at limiting its economic activities.
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 Rania Rabeaa Elabd for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 1

Is Iranian economy weighing Rouhani down?

Polls show the Iranian president’s voter base is broadening in the aftermath of the country’s parliamentary elections, but that he also faces immense challenges related to the state of the Iranian economy.
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on March 31

How this NGO is helping victims of Turkish mine disaster provide for their families

A project spearheaded by Turkish Americans aims to assist impoverished women in Turkey’s western town of Soma, where a massive mining disaster has left hundreds of families without livelihood.
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 Sibel Hurtas for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 30

Are ships really avoiding the Suez?

Falling oil prices do not necessarily spell disaster for the Suez Canal.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 29

Why Lebanon may be closing this naval base

The construction of a tourism project at the port of Beirut requires removing a Lebanese army naval base.
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 Esperance Ghanem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on March 29

Why Israeli companies are fleeing West Bank settlements

EU and UN decisions to label settlement products and identify firms doing business there are driving companies to relocate from West Bank settlements across the Green Line.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on March 29

Why does Rouhani want a second JCPOA?

Talk of a second, domestic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or "Barjam 2," among rival Iranian factions is stirring heated debate in the Islamic Republic.
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 Saheb Sadeghi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 28

How Turkey's Syrian refugees are getting by

Some 85% of Syrians in Turkey who live outside the refugee camps are forced to accept meager wages due to their continued lack of work permits.
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 Lorena Rios for Al-Monitor on March 28

Egyptian state takes on independent trade unions

After Egypt recently declared independent trade unions invalid, many groups said they will fight the decision on the grounds that it violates the constitution.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 24

Unemployed Iraqis join in looting of antiquities

As security chaos persists and jobless rates soar, little can be done to protect Iraq's thousands of archaeological sites from illegal excavations.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on March 28

Bosporus 'bulls' defy terrorist threat

Turkey’s financial markets have continued to rally despite a string of bloody terrorist attacks, but their festive mood could sour at a stroke.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 23

Is corruption suspect's US arrest bad news for Erdogan?

The US arrest of Reza Zarrab, allegedly a key figure in Turkey’s bribery and corruption scandal, has set off alarm bells in Ankara.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on March 23

Gaza’s electricity crisis sheds light on gap between social classes

Although hospitals, medical centers and other sectors in the Gaza Strip are increasingly relying on solar power, its use is still limited to affluent households.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 23

Do gas condensate exports represent new beginning for Iraq's hydrocarbon industry?

As the first shipment of gas condensate reached the UAE, Iraq is seemingly on the right path to develop its energy sector despite some difficulties in the sector.
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 Rami Khrais for Al-Monitor on March 24

Is Israel key to solving Renaissance Dam crisis?

Ousted parliamentarian Tawfik Okasha still faces fierce criticism from his government for getting too close to Israel, in the ongoing Renaissance Dam saga — but could Egypt need Israel more than they are willing to admit?
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 22

After criticism, Rouhani defends his economic performance

After receiving criticism for not yet having implemented the resistance economy, President Hassan Rouhani answered back that his administration has already fulfilled many economic promises.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 22

Is Turkey swaying back toward Iran?

The recent visits of Turkey’s prime minister to Iran and the Iranian foreign minister to Turkey may indicate a turning point in relations between these two important neighbors.
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 Hassan Ahmadian for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 22

Ultra-Orthodox turn to 'kosher' Internet

Israel's ultra-Orthodox leadership is encouraging its community to access only filtered Internet content and use ''kosher'' smartphones, as technology makes it harder and harder to block unwanted material.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on March 21

Vessels willing to go the distance to avoid Suez canal tariffs

Egyptian authorities, who recently inaugurated the East Port Said side channel of the Suez Canal project, say they’re not concerned by reports of vessels using alternate routes.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 20

Will Iran be able to win over Britain when it comes to banking sanctions?

To put pressure on the United States to uphold its commitments to facilitate the implementation of sanctions relief, it appears that the Iranians are now turning to Britain.
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on March 18

Palestinian farmers caught in political tug of war

After some West Bank farmers were barred from bringing their goods into Jerusalem, it seems the Palestinian conflict is moving more to the economic sphere than to the political one.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on March 21

Will short-term solution help Lebanon solve trash crisis?

After drowning in piles of trash for more than eight months, Lebanon is implementing a landfill plan rejected by civil movements amid concerns of the environmental, health and economic damages ensuing from this crisis.
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 Esperance Ghanem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on March 21

5 reasons Iran will be able to wait out low oil prices

Iran’s decision not to take action against low oil prices is primarily motivated by the ambition to reclaim market share.
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 David Ramin Jalilvand for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 17

Will border region dispute threaten Egyptian-Sudanese ties?

In an interview with Al-Monitor, new Halayeb-Shalateen parliamentarian Mamdouh Amara spoke about the dispute between Cairo and Khartoum over the area, as well as the main problems facing development in remote regions.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 17

Will Riyadh cancel aid to Egypt?

Saudi Arabia might be using the promise of aid or the threat of withdrawing aid to get Egypt to toe the line politically in regard to Syria.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 17

Can Coptic Church help solve Egyptian-Ethiopian dam dispute?

Bishop Beeman, who coordinates ties between the Egyptian and Ethiopian Coptic churches, has told Al-Monitor that the church could play an indirect role in solving the Renaissance Dam crisis between the two countries.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 15

Why some in Israel are pushing for a two-year budget

Opposition party leaders Yair Lapid and Avigdor Liberman are disappointed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who affirmed that he intends to stay in the coalition.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on March 15

Will Gulf sanctions impact Lebanon’s banking sector?

Although the recent decisions by Gulf states to impose political and economic measures on Lebanon’s Hezbollah sparked concerns about the impact on the country’s economy, experts in the field say Lebanese banks will be able to overcome this phase.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor on March 15

How will Iran take care of its aging population?

Iran has five years to address the underfunding of its pension system or face an economic and budgetary crisis.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 15

Will Egyptians open their wallet to help Cairo get out of debt?

Egypt's president seems to think that millions of citizens donating 13 cents a day can boost Egypt’s dire economic situation — or at least boost his image.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 14

Why Turks are skipping banks and keeping their gold at home

Turkish banks hope to retrieve 5,000 tons of gold that Turkish citizens have accumulated since World War I, and return it to the economy.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 14

A glimpse into the world of Gaza’s cyber pirates

Home to more than 2,000 hackers, the Gaza Strip is no longer the isolated place it used to be, with rising cyberattacks driven by national and personal motives.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 13

Iranian banks told to get rid of excess properties

Under severe economic pressure, despite the lifting of sanctions, the Central Bank of Iran is moving to get commercial banks to sell their excess properties.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 10

Iraq prepares to amend its existing oil contracts

In light of the oil price slide, Iraq’s Oil Ministry is preparing to review contracts with foreign oil companies.
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 Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on March 9

Will Israel's finance minister be able to lower housing prices?

During his election campaign, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon promised to lower housing prices, but is now finding it hard to fulfill his promise and working to lower the expectations of his disappointed public.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on March 10

How Iran plans to cover its budget deficit

As Iranian banks continue to struggle, the government has no choice but to develop the debt market in the coming years in order to make up for the damage incurred by the sanctions.
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 Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 8

Why Turkish women are opting out of the workforce

A deeply patriarchal culture, work environments unfavorable to a healthy balance with family life and internalized gender roles keep many women in Turkey uninterested in taking advantage of opportunities to work.
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 Riada Ašimović Akyol for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 8

Nobel winner: Peace in Libya will solve 80% of Tunisia's problems

Employers federation chief Ouided Bouchamaoui presses the United States for greater involvement in North Africa.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on March 3

Why high inflation may return to Iran

The Central Bank of Iran is urging banks to slash deposit rates in the hopes that money locked in savings accounts will be channeled to manufacturing and capital markets.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 3

Will Africa cheer up Turkey’s troubled exporters?

Turkey scrambles for trade opportunities in Africa to make up for major losses in economic ties with Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 3

Historical, pampered bath in Gaza draws visitors from afar

The majestic Hammam al-Sammara, the only bathhouse left standing in Gaza City, is an architectural masterpiece that has survived many hundreds of years.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 4

Bus crash enrages ultra-Orthodox

A fatal bus accident on the Jerusalem highway has stirred up long-held grievances by the ultra-Orthodox sector against the Israeli bus company Egged.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on March 3

Why Boeing kept Iran dealings under the radar

As the world cashes in on an Iran ready to do business, the US risks being late to the game because of a mixture of political sensitivities, confusion about the remaining American sanctions and structural impediments.
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 Saam Borhani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 2

Green activists, and their livestock, send Turkish miners packing

Turkish fauna comes to the aid of flora as thousands of protesters — and their livestock — send a mining company packing, at least for now.
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 Sukru Kucuksahin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 2

Iraq's dubious religious shrines

The Shiite residents of Babil keep visiting religious shrines as they believe in their healing character, although historical information contradicts their beliefs.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 29

Will the Democratic Republic of Congo be Egypt's newest ally in dam disputes?

Cairo says it will help the Democratic Republic of Congo out with its Inga Dam hydroelectric project on the Congo River, while the Nile upstream country indicates that it supports Egypt in its dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 28

Russia keeps Turkish trucks parked

Russia by not renewing the Road Transport Accord that expired Feb. 1 delivered a significant blow to Turkish exports.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 28

Will Putin’s economic attacks bring Erdogan down?

The economic warfare declared by Russia damages the Turkish economy beyond expectations.
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 Kerim Karakaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 25

What is Abadi doing to protect Iraq’s Christians?

The Islamic State is known for forcing Iraq's Christians out of their homes, but the terror group did not start the ugly trend.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 24

What fading oil fortunes means for Turkey's businesses

Turkish businesspeople are losing sleep over oil-producing states' deferrals of payments to international contractors and the possible loss of mega projects.
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 Ufuk Sanli for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 24

Why donor countries are giving less to the Palestinians

The international community has significantly reduced financial aid to the Palestinian Authority as people lose confidence in the peace process.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 24

Will privatization help Kuwait’s economy?

The sharp decline in oil prices might push Kuwait to move forward with implementation of its privatization law.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on February 29

To stop tourism slump, Erdogan asks Turks to holiday at home

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is asking Turks to spend their holidays in Turkey, to alleviate the loss in revenue of Russian tourists who will not travel to Turkey this year.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 22

Is Iran really ready for foreign investment?

Despite President Hassan Rouhani’s touting of foreign investment as the savior of the Iranian economy amid low crude prices, the country might not be able to handle the necessary capital inflow.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 18

Can Bieber fever rescue Turkey's tourism trade?

Turkey's tourism business has checked out without paying its tab, and officials are considering enlisting US celebrities like Justin Bieber to help counteract the effects of terrorist attacks and Russian sanctions.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 18

Will Egypt's 'luxury tax' hurt everyday citizens?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree raising customs tariffs on so-called luxury products, a new development that some say threatens the country with a potential wave of inflation.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 17

Can Sisi reconcile with Egypt's youth? Does he even want to?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proclaimed 2016 to be the Year of the Youth, yet young people continue to be arrested and oppressed, which could result in the emergence of secret activities, especially by Islamists.
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 Mostafa Hashem Youssef for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 16

How Tehran plans to crack down on property speculators

Iran has a plan to tax languishing building projects and vacant homes in an effort to curb rampant speculation and raise revenue.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 15

How Egypt plans to boost its stock exchange

The Egyptian government's decision to sell shares of some state-owned banks and companies is drawing both praise and criticism.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 11

How Iran's new petroleum contracts are producing more than oil

Criticism of the general terms of the new Iran Petroleum Contract do not appear to be based on sound legal reasoning, but is rather the result of factionalism ahead of upcoming elections.
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 Reza Yeganehshakib for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 11

Saudi Arabia turns to Turkey

Following the visit of a Turkish delegation to Saudi Arabia, the kingdom hopes to establish economic and military ties with Turkey to counter the expanding Iranian influence in the region.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on February 11

Egyptian taxi drivers protest 'unfair competition' from Uber

Taxi drivers in Egypt say ride-sharing services Uber and Careem do not have to meet the same regulations taxis do and do not pay their fair share of taxes.
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Ahmed Ateyya for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 10

The growing Israeli corruption problem

Israelis view corruption as the price for getting things done, but it’s in all layers of the governance, despite the economic, social and moral consequences.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on February 10

Airbus deal takeoff irks Iranian hard-liners

While welcomed by many Iranians, President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to Europe, which involved extensive deal making, has triggered a backlash among hard-liners in Iran.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 9

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

How to overcome Iraq’s economic crisis

Iraq's economic recovery requires strong institutions and infrastructure, but with no time to wait for stability, the state should provide financial support and administrative facilities to help small businesses grow now.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on February 9

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 Turkey Pulse 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

Lebanon holds breath for deal to export trash abroad

Although officials have announced that Lebanon will export its waste as a solution to the garbage crisis plaguing the country since July, the government has yet to sign contracts with any foreign companies.
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 Florence Massena for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on February 1

How one messaging app is changing Iranian media

While news shared on Telegram allows Iranians to bypass restrictions and censorship faced by licensed Iranian media outlets, the impact of the smartphone app may not be entirely positive for Iranian society.
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 Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 1

Do Gaza’s melting-pot markets reflect identity crisis?

The Gaza Strip tries to maintain its own culture, even as the blockade forces it to embrace imports.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on February 1

Salt industry evaporating in Iraq

Poor Iraqis in search of income have turned to harvesting salt by hand, but face competition from imports.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 1

Is Turkey the odd man out as Egypt, Greece, Cyprus cozy up?

Cairo, Athens and Nicosia are busy forging cooperation pacts.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 31

New transportation project aims to get the West Bank moving

The West Bank is preparing to carry out the ORIO project that aims to develop a fleet of public buses, which will be a quantum leap in Palestine’s public transportation system.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on January 29

Uber drives a wedge between Bibi and Israel's transportation minister

The dispute between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz over approving the entrance of ride-sharing app Uber to the Israeli market revealed a power struggle between the two men.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on January 29

Will Egypt be able to dredge up support for new Suez canal?

Officials say they are confident the new Suez Canal will be a moneymaker, but they’re working hard to promote it with an eye on its competition.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 29

Cinema returns to Gaza after long absence

As film theaters have been closed in Gaza since the 1987 intifada, movie directors are launching personal initiatives to try and revive the film industry and cinema in the Gaza Strip.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 31

Iranians launch boycott of Saudi businesses

Following Saudi Arabia’s move to cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, some Iranians have joined forces to launch a campaign against Saudi firms in the country — but is the boycott having any impact?
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 Masoud Lavasani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 28

The profitable business of Israeli occupation

Is the settlement enterprise a diplomatic or defense necessity for Israel, or a way to make money?
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on January 28

Israel support for yeshiva students up by 53%. Is it enough?

Once again, much is being made in the media about the state raising allocations for yeshiva students, but the ebb and flow of this funding is a perennial part of the coalition's wooing of the ultra-Orthodox.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on January 28

Local movie blockbusters break revenue records in Turkey

The path of democracy will influence the future of the Turkish film industry.
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 Riada Ašimović Akyol for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 26

Can new food safety law stop Egypt's 'donkey slaughter mafia'?

Egypt is planning urgently needed legislation to protect its citizens’ food supply and prevent the spread of disease.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 26

Gaza’s milk industry turns sour

Wars with Israel have had devastating consequences for dairy factories in Gaza, but a few still survive even in the face of competition from Israel and the West Bank.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 26

How Turkey is losing a top trade partner

Turkey is experiencing a serious but underreported crisis with its biggest export market in the Gulf.
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 Ufuk Sanli for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 25

Turkey grants Syrians right to work, but is it too little, too late?

Ankara has finally granted Syrians the right to work in a belated move to stop more highly qualified refugees’ flight to Europe.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 25

Gas price hike, subsidy cuts shake up Saudis

The Saudi government's new year is off to a shaky start financially — a burden it's sharing with its citizens, leaving them to wonder just how bad things will get.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on January 25

Arab restaurateurs feel bite of settlers' blacklist

The Samaria Settlers Committee, financed by Israeli taxpayers, has launched a defamatory campaign to boycott Arab-Israeli businesses they accuse of supporting terrorism.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on January 25

Will natural gas shelter Iran from oil price crisis?

Although Iran faces many challenges in the global natural gas market, the industry also presents plenty of opportunities post-nuclear deal.
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 Reza Yeganehshakib for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 21

Is the KRG heading for bankruptcy?

Iraq’s Kurds warn that unless Washington rides to their financial rescue, they cannot sustain their fight against the Islamic State.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on January 20

Ramallah goes organic

A popular Tuesday health food market in Ramallah is helping marginalized women and young farmers sell organic produce.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 20

Will Renaissance Dam flood Egypt's Mediterranean coast?

The author of a current study says Ethiopia must agree to change the Renaissance Dam's design to prevent serious environmental repercussions for itself, Egypt and Sudan.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 19

Cairo river taxi project beginning to flow

Authorities are working to clear clogs in Egypt’s long-awaited Nile transportation plan.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 18

Facing oil slump, Iran moves to tax its way out of crisis

Faced with plummeting oil revenues, the Iranian government is taking measures to make up the smaller amount of petrodollars coming in with increased tax revenue.
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 15

Is privatization the solution for Saudi Arabia's economic woes?

The current economic crisis raises questions about the viability of the privatization process in Saudi Arabia.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 18

Can Egypt’s tourism industry get back on track after Sinai crash?

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Egypt's Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou expresses optimism that this vital sector of the country’s economy will recover.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 15

Dollar-needy Turkey tightens foreign currency rules

Desperate to stop the flight of foreign money, the Turkish government has tightened rules on how cash can be taken out of the country.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 14

Iran-India energy cooperation opens new horizons

While the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline may sound the death knell to the Iran-Pakistan-India project, the Middle East to India Deepwater Pipeline may deliver Iranian gas to India through an undersea pipeline.
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 Reza Yeganehshakib for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 14

Lebanon's banks to pay price of sanctions on Hezbollah

New US sanctions against Hezbollah are adding pressure to Lebanon’s already struggling banking sector, further burdening the country’s economy.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on January 14

Gaza scrap collectors finally back in business

Following years of interruption due to Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, the scrap trade there has resumed, sparking economic hope.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 17

How Lebanese banks are handling US sanctions on Hezbollah

It remains to be seen whether US sanctions will hurt Hezbollah or merely inconvenience banks and their customers.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on January 12

Rouhani fires back at criticism of economic management

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reminded critics that he is managing the country with oil near $30 per barrel, not the highs of the previous administration.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 12

Despite IS threat, Iraqi Kurdistan tries to lure tourists

After instability brought about by IS nearly destroyed tourism in Iraqi Kurdistan, the government still hopes to benefit from years of investment in the sector.
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 Rebecca Bradshaw for Al-Monitor on January 12

Palestinian industrial parks: Boon or bondage?

The Jenin industrial project is scheduled to start operating this year, with opponents claiming that such projects are in direct conflict with the Palestinian Authority's goal of becoming a fully independent and sovereign state.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 11

Water war could leave Turkish Cyprus high and dry

A fight over profits has disrupted the water supply from Turkey to Turkish Cyprus less than three months after a unique water pipeline was inaugurated, threatening to leave Turkish Cypriots with neither water nor vital financial aid from Ankara.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 11

Why so many Lebanese are looking abroad

As the economic and political situations in Lebanon worsen, more Lebanese seek to emigrate to the West and to Gulf countries for better job opportunities.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor on January 11

Shift to open market economy no easy task for Iran

Suggested reforms as part of Iran's sixth five-year development plan envisages more competition, but will President Hassan Rouhani's team be able to push for a true open market economy?
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 8

How do large ultra-Orthodox families afford so many weddings?

Charitable loan societies allow the ultra-Orthodox to marry off their numerous children by avoiding expensive bank loans.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on January 8

First the Middle East, now Central Asia slipping away from Turkey

Having lost influence in the Middle East, Turkey finds itself increasingly isolated from Central Asia and the Caucasus after its dust-up with Russia in Syria.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 6

After liberation from IS, Iraqi cities await reconstruction

After the Islamic State was defeated in several areas in Iraq, it seems the reconstruction promises have yet to be fulfilled in the absence of funds.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on January 6

Will Yemen’s journalists fare better in 2016?

In 2015, some journalists in Yemen suffered so much harassment and abuse that they quit their jobs and fled the country.
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 Ashraf al-Falahi for Al-Monitor on January 5

Does draft Palestinian social security law really protect workers?

The draft social security law has been widely criticized for failing to provide workers sufficient retirement pensions or protection in cases of work-related disability.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 18

Why are Iranian investors shrugging at nuclear deal?

Despite the signing of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, the Tehran Stock Exchange is still far below its levels before negotiations began under President Hassan Rouhani's rule.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 5

Why Palestinian housewives are taking lead in boycott campaigns

Palestinian women have recently been joining the global BDS movement by launching their own local campaigns to encourage people to refrain from buying Israeli goods.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 8

Protesters lock horns with government over crusader battlefield

History lovers and environmental activists are battling state plans to build a Druze settlement at the ancient battlefield Horns of Hattin, where crusaders confronted Saladin's army in 1187.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on January 5

Can Turkish lemons soothe Ankara-Moscow relations?

Turks are wondering why Russia is embargoing everything but lemons and nuts.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 3

Will South Pars help bring Iran's economy back to life?

The newly inaugurated phases 15 and 16 of Iran's giant South Pars project have the potential to greatly boost the country's economy.
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 Reza Yeganehshakib for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 30

Amid financial hardship, Erdogan looks to Qatar as 'rich daddy'

Turkey’s leadership, increasingly isolated in the region amid spats with Russia and Iraq, knocks on the doors of Israel and Qatar, with the latter providing much-needed foreign investment.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 29

Young Israelis do whatever it takes to buy a home

In spite of promises by politicians and social activists, Israelis do not believe that housing prices are going to drop anytime soon — so they will do everything in their power just to buy a home.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on December 28

Ethiopia, Egypt dam feud drags on

The future of the negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the New Renaissance Dam is hazier than ever as the political and technical deadlock persists.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 24

26-year-old female MP has big plans for Egypt’s new parliament

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Sarah Saleh, Egypt’s newest and youngest parliamentarian for South Sinai governorate, speaks about the challenges facing her constituency and her plans to address them.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 24

Did Erdogan give up Gaza in return for Israeli gas?

Erdogan’s ambition for a presidential system keeps him from dropping the Gaza precondition for the settlement of sour relations with Israel, but this does not stop the two sides from cooperating on natural gas.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on December 23

Israel commits $25 million to new anti-BDS task force, but what exactly will they do?

A new office designed to combat the BDS campaign targeting Israel is to open in January.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on December 23

Is BDS movement spreading across Europe?

Despite a lack of funding and solid organizational backing at home, the Palestinian diaspora in Europe has increased its activities and is winning ever stronger support, costing Israel more in economic losses and international status by the week.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 23

Rouhani announces sanctions to be removed by January

After the IAEA resolution concluding that Iran has not conducted weapons-related researched in their nuclear program since 2009, President Hassan Rouhani declared that sanctions will be removed by January.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 16

Layoffs plague Saudi labor market

Saudi Arabia ought to take measures to prevent further layoffs and curb the unemployment rates, as these have become the main challenges facing the kingdom’s economy.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 17

Why is Israel recruiting so many Jordanian workers?

Israel is recruiting hundreds of Jordanian workers and dismissing some Palestinians from their jobs, raising questions about Israel's motivation.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor on December 16

Will Iran's red tape thwart post-sanctions boom?

Amid the imminent lifting of sanctions, Iran's complicated licensing and permit regulations continue to deter investment — despite the Rouhani administration's efforts.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 15

After Paris summit, will Turkey warm up to climate change?

Turkey will need to work harder to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the aftermath of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 15

How solar energy is sparking new business in Egypt

Egypt, which currently gets 90% of its energy from fossil fuels, is trying to take advantage of its plentiful sunshine through solar power.
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 Eman El-Sherbiny for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 14

The long road to labeling settlement products

In a discussion with Al-Monitor, Charles Shamas, a Palestinian entrepreneur involved in exporting Palestinian products to Europe, traced the path to the European Union guidelines for labeling settlement products.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on December 14

Former prisoners opening Palestinians' eyes onto Israel

Palestinians who learned Hebrew while in Israeli prisons have established research and language centers in Gaza for Palestinians to learn Hebrew and about Israeli affairs.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 23

Will Russia's economic restrictions on Turkey backfire?

Some worry Turkey’s losses from an angry Russia could reach $20 billion, but others expect the figure to be much lower and point out that Russia’s losses will be no less painful.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 13

Syrian war redraws country's economic map

The Syrian war is not only breaking apart the country’s social cohesion, but also its economic unity.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on December 10

Is Netanyahu the 'great gas robber'?

Appearing before the Knesset’s Economic Affairs Committee, Benjamin Netanyahu avoided answering questions before pulling out the national security card to defend the current natural gas outline.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on December 10

Food trucks idle in Israeli bureaucracy

The Israeli authorities are maintaining barricades on the route of businesses hoping to bring the trendy and profitable food trucks concept to Tel Aviv.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on December 10

Will dinar exchange rate impact Iraqi financial crisis?

In light of the decreasing oil prices that led to an economic crisis in Iraq, the Iraqi government has been discussing options to reduce the dinar-dollar exchange rate.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 11

Will Palestinians take advantage of EU decision to label settlement products?

Palestinians are seeking to achieve economic gains from the EU decision to label products from settlements, by increasing their exports to EU markets.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 9

Ankara falls into Moscow's trap

Ankara is now being compelled to backtrack on its Syria policy in the face of Russian threats and sanctions, while the United States stands as one of the prime beneficiaries of the crisis.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on December 9

How to get Iran's drifting economy back on track

Following Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s call for a "command headquarters" for the economy in the post-sanctions era, there is increasing debate in Iran about the need for clear guidance of the economy.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 7

Why is the dollar surging in Iran?

In Iran, the dollar rate is rising, potentially harming Rouhani and his allies ahead of crucial elections. Can, and will, Rouhani and the Central Bank move in to counter this surge?
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on December 4

Will Turkey be able to replace Russian gas with Qatari imports?

Although Qatar cannot replace Russian gas for Turkey, it is promising to see that Ankara is exploring new strategies for diversifying its long‐term energy supply.
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 Olgu Okumuş for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 4

Gazans' dark secret? They've become chocoholics

Chocolate used to be on the Israeli list of banned items, but not anymore, as chocolate shops have been proliferating in light of the increasing demand in Gaza.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 6

Will Iranians watch Saudi-financed Persian TV?

Hoping to reach an Iranian audience, Saudi Arabia is moving to focus more on Persian-language media, but the kingdom has little advantage in an already saturated market.
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 Mahmoud Pargoo for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 3

You won't believe how this Turkish village became rich overnight

Many impoverished villagers in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast have made a fortune selling chunks of a meteorite after one exploded in September, while tax inspectors gripe about not receiving their share.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 3

Why young Gazans need cement to get married

In an attempt to curb the use of cement in tunnels Hamas has been building to attack Israelis, Israel restricts the importation of cement to Gaza, limiting the possibilities for many young people in Gaza to build homes.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on December 3

Why Cairo should devalue the Egyptian pound

Recent devaluations of the Egyptian pound are making importers, contractors, consumers and the government nervous, but this may be what Egypt needs to become a more competitive exporter of products and services.
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 Wael Nawara for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 2

Are Egypt’s poor paying the price for Cairo development project?

Hundreds of riverboat owners and crew members have been rendered jobless during a project to regenerate downtown Cairo, but officials say the situation is temporary.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 1

Foreign investors are trembling over Turkey

Foreign direct investments in Turkey dropped dramatically in September despite some encouraging signals from European and American investors earlier in the year.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 1

Will natural gas cartel be successful in setting LNG, CNG prices?

Key heads of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum member states gather in Iran to push for new global energy market.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 30

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

Hebron radio stations closed for 'exercising incitement'

The Israeli army has closed three Palestinian radio stations in Hebron so far, a step that concerned parties say will only escalate the violence witnessed in the Palestinian territories.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on November 30

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

Why cemetery-dwelling Gazans fear the living, not the dead

A cemetery in central Gaza City is home to dozens of families, who receive only minimal aid from the Ministry of Social Affairs.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 19

Is it time for China to step up its engagement in the Middle East?

It is time for China to capitalize on its position as the only great power with good relations with both Iran and Saudi Arabia to facilitate regional engagement.
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on November 18

Khamenei says Iran must go green

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a list of policy directives regarding the environment.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 17

Gaza's unemployed youth look online for work

Young professionals in the Gaza Strip use local and international online freelancing platforms to find job opportunities and a steady source of income.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 17

How to resolve Iraq's economic crisis

It's time for Iraq to look beyond stopgap measures and develop a larger plan to resolve the country's dire economic situation.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on November 17

Restaurants on the rise in Gaza

The number of restaurants are rapidly increasing in the Gaza Strip, as this industry is regarded as a safe investment in light of the siege and the ban on imports.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 17

Why is Rouhani backing off from those profiting from sanctions?

Is Rouhani's softer tone against those who've benefited from the sanctions on Iran a tactic to win them over — or is he just giving up?
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 16

Qatar launches initiative to ease power crisis in Gaza

As Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue to suffer from daily power cuts, Qatar proposed to Israelis supplying Gaza with natural gas.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 16

Israeli budget becomes political playground

Ministers Moshe Kahlon, Aryeh Deri and Naftali Bennett each look to appease their constituencies when voting over the 2016 Israeli state budget.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on November 16

Egypt rushes to bolster tourism after Sinai plane crash

Egyptian politicians and public figures have created dozens of initiatives to bring tourism back to Sharm el-Sheikh after Western countries decided to suspend their flights to Sinai in response to the Russian plane crash there.
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Hala Ali for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 16

How a statuette dashed hopes for Turkish-Egyptian reconciliation

While a visit to Egypt by representatives of Turkey’s Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges initially sparked hopes of a reconciliation between Ankara and Cairo, things seem unlikely to change anytime soon.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on November 13

Is it from Israel or Palestine? EU labeling guidelines spur more controversy

Congress — and Israel — say new European labeling guidelines are an anti-Semitic ploy; the EU says they’re in line with 15 years of trade law.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on November 11

Oman looks East

As Oman practices diplomacy in the Middle East, it also is strengthening ties with China as a potential long-term partner.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on November 11

Saudi Arabia caught between two credit ratings

While Moody’s retains a stable outlook, Standard & Poor's expressed its negative outlook for Saudi Arabia.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on November 11

Despite ongoing war, is trade between Turkey, Syria rebounding?

As the number of Syrian companies set up in Turkey increases, the trade between the two countries is returning to prewar levels.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 11

Infighting overshadows Iran press exhibition

Boycotts and accusations against media close to the administration have overshadowed Iran's 21st Press Exhibition.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 10

Turkey's alcohol restrictions spark boost in bootleg booze

The Turkish government’s hefty taxes on alcohol have led to bootleg liquor production, which has claimed at least 26 lives over the past month.
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 Sibel Hurtas for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 9

Iran sets its sights on Armenia

Competition between US, Iran in Caucuses heats up as Iran identifies a new trade partner.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 9

Bahrain’s rising public debt

Despite high oil revenues, Bahrain registered an increase in its budget spending and budget deficit.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on November 10

Why Iraqi women are turning to the Internet to buy books

Iraqi women are ordering books from the comfort of their own homes, overcoming the crippling security conditions.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on November 6

Will Egypt trash its latest waste-sorting initiative?

The latest initiative to encourage households to sort waste has been unsuccessful due to mismanagement at the government level.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 6

How Internet censorship protects Iranian businesses

Contrary to popular perceptions, more than political considerations inform Iran's Internet filtering policies.
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 Mahmoud Pargoo for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 8

After failing to find work, many Gazan medical professionals 'lease' their degrees to others

Haunted by a skyrocketing unemployment rate, medical graduates in the Gaza Strip are leasing their degrees to businessmen to make a living.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 8

Palestinian olive oil sector squeezed by production shortfalls

Olive oil is the main source of income for 100,000 Palestinian families, yet authorities keep ignoring warning signs in the struggling sector.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 11

Is Qatar Iran's door to the Gulf?

The recent Iranian-Qatari rapprochement has created further controversy in the Middle East but some countries see it as a positive step in alleviating the ongoing conflict.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on November 4

Will new Egyptian employment law help its women lean in?

Nearly five years after the revolution, Egyptian women still face much the same obstacles in the workforce as the economy continues to limp along without their full participation.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 3

Iran sees 'battle of the brands' as US franchises look to enter

Bootlegs of American franchises in Iran may very well fall victim of the nuclear deal as Western companies consider expanding their businesses there.
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 Holly Dagres for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 2

Could desalination solve Gaza's water woes?

The Gaza Strip is in dire need of a seawater desalination project, in light of a severe water shortage and the depletion of the only freshwater source.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 2

Israeli politicians wary of being shocked by electricity union

Even with the mass power breaks following the flash floods this week, Israeli politicians didn't dare confront the mighty electricity labor union.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on October 29

Egypt’s industrial sector struggles with growing Chinese presence

Faced with various economic challenges, the Egyptian government now has to protect its national industry from Chinese goods, which are both cheaper and made to better suit the population’s needs.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 29

You won't believe what some Iranians have found in their bottled water

Iran is being plagued by an increasing number of scandals involving violations of food safety standards.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 30

Why are Iran’s environmental workers protesting?

Employees of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization are protesting corruption, negligent budget management and low wages.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 28

Russia puts brakes on Turkey's truck traffic

Moscow responds to Ankara’s threats to cancel natural gas and nuclear power station contracts by closing its borders to Turkish trucks.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 28

Rouhani shifts gears on economy

With the Iranian economy losing steam, the Rouhani administration is changing tack and adopting a new stimulus package as the nation waits impatiently for sanctions removal.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 28

Israeli settlers win tax battle

In the battle over municipal funding and tax breaks, Likud ministers side with the powerful settler lobby.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on October 28

As popularity rises, Iran tries to control Telegram messaging app

Iranian authorities have asked Telegram messaging service to block "immoral" content.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 26

Has Iran entered 'new era' of economic policies?

Iran's supreme leader backs the establishment of a new paradigm of economic management and shuts the door to a resumption of past economic policies.
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 Seyed Mahdi Barakchian for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 23

Will Black Sea cuisine be Erdogan's lasting legacy?

Once looked down on as bland and basic, Black Sea cuisine flourishes in Istanbul as a nutritional and exotic option.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on October 25

Will Palestine get its own currency?

Two decades after the Oslo Accord, and after the issuance of Palestinian passports and the raising of the Palestinian flag at the UN, Palestinians still await their own currency.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on October 25

Palestinians fired in retaliation for protests

Israeli employers are dismissing Palestinian workers in settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, a trend with dire consequences for Israel's economy.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 23

Israel, Palestine both stand to lose by cutting economic ties

If President Mahmoud Abbas follows through with threats to end the Palestinian Authority's economic cooperation with Israel, there will be wide economic repercussions for both sides.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 23

Egypt's fake mosque problem

For years, Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments has been weeding out dozens of fake mosques that employ thousands of salaried workers paid by the state to do nothing.
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Hala Ali for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 22

Gazans find money in rubble of destroyed houses

Even university graduates have taken on the arduous work of extracting concrete and iron from the rubble of houses destroyed during last year's war in Gaza's stricken economy.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 21

AKP accused of cooking books before elections

Critics are claiming Turkey's ruling party has manipulated financial figures to paint a rosy economic picture ahead of the Nov. 1 snap elections.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 23

Why boycotting Israel also hurts the Palestinians

In an interview with Al-Monitor, President of the Manufacturers Organization of Israel Shraga Brosh says that the BDS movement against settlement products hurts first and foremost Palestinian workers.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on October 19

German FM: Iran, Saudi tensions strengthen terrorists

Germany's foreign minister encourages Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to work to reduce Iran-Saudi tensions.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 19

Gaza's driving schools take students for a ride

Schools and instructors with dubious ties to driving examiners are taking financial advantage of students in Gaza.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 19

Egypt holds its breath for development of underwater museum

The project to build an underwater museum in Alexandria has been revived after years of having been stalled.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 19

Will Rouhani end the $15 monthly handout to citizens?

Five years after its initiation, monthly cash handouts to citizens continue to burden the Iranian government. Will Rouhani finally end this program?
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 15

Turkey’s plane project hits turbulence

Technical, economic and political problems threaten TRJet, Turkey’s first passenger plane.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 14

Egypt faces another dam challenge

Egypt has been expressing its fears that the Renaissance Dam project would be completed before a planned study is carried out, as this could jeopardize Egypt’s share of the Nile waters.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 14

Iranian stocks continue two-year slump

Despite the July 14 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and six world powers, Iranian shares continue to drop.
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 Morteza Ramezanpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 13

Iranian government official promises better economy after nuclear deal

An official with the Rouhani administration tells reporters that "there is no doubt" that the economy will improve after Iran's parliament approved the nuclear deal.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 13

Tough times ahead for Turkey's economy

Warned about their mounting foreign debts, Turkish companies are having problems finding external financing.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 12

Gaza tunnels, how did it all start?

The division of Rafah led to the creation of the tunnels, which are still being used to smuggle goods from Egypt to the Gaza Strip despite Egyptian authorities’ efforts to the contrary.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 13

Russian market huge disappointment for Turkey

Turkey’s hopes of replacing European countries as a major food exporter to Russia have been dashed.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 9

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

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

Tunisian prime minister promises economic, security reforms

The head of Tunisia’s government says the country will have a new investment code soon and that despite emergency measures to deal with terrorism, there is no going back to authoritarianism.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on September 30

Imprisoned 'economic basij' pleads case to Rouhani

Babak Zanjani, the former "economic basij" imprisoned for allegedly using international sanctions to keep $2 billion from the Oil Ministry, has claimed innocence in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 30

Tunisia groaning under weight of unemployment

A recent study proposes measures to reduce Tunisia's unemployment rate, especially among women and youths.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on October 2

What Rouhani's done to fight corruption

The Rouhani administration has done a great deal to fight pervasive corruption in Iran, and though progress is slow, the removal of sanctions will clear the way for further efforts.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 29

Lenders rip off small Iraqi businesses

Moneylenders are taking advantage of small business owners looking to expand their enterprises in Iraq, where support from banks is almost nonexistent.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on September 29

Who are Egypt’s Amazighs?

The marginalization of Egypt’s Amazighs throughout history may have come to their advantage, as the community has been able to preserve its traditions and unique identity.
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 Omar al-Naghy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 29

How will Kuwait manage its growing dependence on foreign labor?

Kuwait relies heavily on foreign labor, but in recent years the uncontrolled recruitment of underqualified migrants, especially by the service sector, has laid bare the dependency of this rentier economy on this sector.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on September 28

23 years and millions of dollars later, will the Grand Egyptian Museum ever open?

The Grand Egyptian Museum project has been stalled since its announcement in 1992, although the Egyptian authorities believe the museum will boost tourism.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 28

Amid slump in oil prices, Iran focuses on mining

Faced with a slump in oil prices, Iran turns to its vast mineral resources.
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 25

Confidence crisis hits lagging Turkish economy

Turkey's economy is weakening further amid plummeting investor and consumer confidence.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 25

Do Erdogan’s post-Moscow visit remarks indicate change in Syria policy?

Following talks with his Russian counterpart, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vaguely hints at a change in Ankara’s position on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on September 24

Soaring bad debts sound alarm in Turkey

Political uncertainty and conflict with the PKK are taking their toll on the Turkish economy, with the number and value of bounced checks on the rise, threatening company bankruptcies and fresh woes in the banking sector.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 23

Tourists drawn to hot springs, natural beauty of Egypt's remote Siwa Oasis

Located near Egypt's western border with Libya, the Siwa Oasis offers visitors everything from healing hot springs and a nature preserve to archaeological treasures.
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 Omar al-Naghy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 24

Gaza pharmacists survive by 'lending' diplomas to investors

The dire economic situation in Gaza has driven pharmacology graduates to charge investors a fee for the use of their degrees to obtain pharmacy licenses.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 24

Palestinians search for better life in Israel

The Gaza blockade has been in place for about eight years now and it does not seem like the living conditions are going to improve soon, so some Palestinians try to infiltrate Israel to find better opportunities.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 23

Rafah farmers watch in horror as Egypt floods Gaza tunnels

Experts say the effects of the Egyptian army pumping seawater into the tunnels under Rafah will be disastrous for the Palestinian economy and agriculture.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 25

Ice industry in Gaza crystalizes as power cuts increase

The worsening power crisis in the Gaza Strip has pushed people and traders to use ice blocks to preserve their food, which explains why demand for ice has risen 600%.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 27

How to transfer money without financing terror

During the Union of Arab Banks conference, officials discussed ways to monitor money transfers, to limit money laundering operations and the financing of terrorism.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on September 25

Are reforms in Arab banking sector key to fighting terrorism?

The latest Union of Arab Banks conference discussed ways to integrate all citizens in the banking sector’s database, to be able to fight money laundering and terrorism.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on September 24

Will boycott campaign put the brakes on Iran's auto industry?

On the cusp of no longer facing Western sanctions, Iranian carmakers now face a domestic boycott of their vehicles over price and quality concerns.
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Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 21

Is this Israeli banking's next 'iron lady'?

Bank Leumi CEO Rakefet Russak-Aminoach was named one of Fortune Magazine's powerful women of 2015, though in Israel she is perceived as insensitive to social justice issues.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on September 18

'Ghost apartments' haunt Jerusalem

Foreigners from around the globe are buying luxury apartments in Jerusalem to spend the holidays there, and the effect on the local housing market is hard to deny.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on September 21

Why is Iran's health minister complaining about domestic-made cars?

After a social media campaign to boycott Iranian-made cars, Iranian officials weigh in on the matter.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 17

Turkey prepares for G-20 conference, but will it be its last?

Turkey, preparing to host G-20 leaders, faces the danger of losing its place in the G-20 because of declining national income. Will its strategic location keep it in?
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 17

IS has big plans for gold currency

As the Islamic State challenges the US dollar by rolling out its own currency, some experts say the coinage will not catch on.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 17

Nile river boat tours often sail Egyptians toward death

Boats offering rides on the Nile River are a popular but dangerous attraction due to many security breaches and lax enforcement.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 20

Netanyahu's double standards on settlement product labels

Israel reached agreement in 2005 with the European Union to identify settlement products on export certificates, yet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hints at the Holocaust in objecting to the Europeans' decision to require labeling these products to inform consumers of their origin.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 17

Land-grabbing captures attention of Iranians

Mutual accusations of land-grabbing by two Iranian lawmakers reignite media coverage and public debate about this contentious issue.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 15

Livestock prices soar in Gaza

Each year around Eid al-Adha, the demand for sacrificial animals rises simultaneously with their prices, but more Gazans than ever are left unable to buy them as the already difficult economic situation worsens.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 14

Why Israel, not NGOs, must care for poor

Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz says that the work being done by associations, providing food and products to the poor, cannot replace the responsibility of the state toward its citizens.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on September 15

Defying Palestinian law, many still seek work in West Bank settlements

Palestinian workers are forced to seek employment, and accept harsh working conditions, in Israeli settlements, as the Palestinian Authority has failed to create viable alternatives.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 14

Israeli, Palestinian women weave peace through fashion

American psychologist Whit Jones has brought together Israeli and Palestinian women to jointly create a fashion brand featuring Israeli design and Palestinian embroidery.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 11

Aid cuts keep PA stuck in economic rut

The Palestinian Authority has been plagued by a protracted financial crisis amid thinning foreign aid and not enough local revenues to end the deficit.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 10

Have Israeli politicians forgotten who they are supposed to serve?

The Knesset opposition seems to have forgotten that it has a crucial role to play in keeping the government in check.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 10

Struggling to keep up, conflict causes major economic setback in Turkey's poorest region

After several years of revival, the struggling economy of Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeastern region faces collapse.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 9

Soap is slippery business in Nablus

Nablus has been historically known for pioneering soap-making in Palestine, but the once-booming industry there is now facing some hurdles.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 9

Does Israel's economy minister know the election is over?

Israeli Economy Minister Aryeh Deri seems more busy creating provocations and headlines than making ministerial decisions on crucial issues such as the 2016 state budget or the natural gas outline.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on September 4

Jordan’s ‘highway through hell’

Amid security concerns, Iraqi authorities decided in mid-July to close the only border crossing with Jordan, leaving the once-busy trucking route between the two countries deserted.
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 Elisa Oddone for Al-Monitor on September 4

Iraqis look to gemstones for psychological, physical treatment

Iraqis are increasingly buying precious stones, which they believe have therapeutic capacities, can give energy and strength, protect them from envy and fend off dangers.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on September 7

Russia to build Egyptian nuclear reactor

Egypt selected a Russian company to build its long-stalled nuclear reactor, raising controversy about the political dimensions of this coordination.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 4

Iran's lucrative kidney market

Home to the world's only legalized kidney market, Iran is seeing a boom in the kidney trade.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 6

Turkey pays hefty price for interest rate obsession

Under government pressure to keep interest rates low, Turkey’s Central Bank has failed to act against the free fall of the Turkish lira, leading to a massive burden on the foreign debt stock.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 3

Shopping in Gaza's flea market

Gaza’s markets offering secondhand goods are frequented by the poor and rich who are searching for high-quality goods at reduced prices.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 3

Cairo tuk-tuk ban could leave commuters stuck-stuck

Though millions of Egyptians rely on cheap and versatile auto rickshaws to get around, the government has banned the mini taxis in several Cairo neighborhoods after efforts to regulate them failed.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 3

Egypt earmarks $68 million to promote tourism

Egypt has awarded a major advertising agency a multimillion-dollar project to promote Egypt abroad in the hopes of boosting tourism following the security crises that have hurt the industry over the past few years.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 2

Could US state sanctions on Iran unravel nuke deal?

Critics of the nuclear agreement say states have it in their power to kill it, but do they really?
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on September 2

The king finally comes to town

King Salman of Saudi Arabia won't find solutions to his country's deepest problems during his visit to Washington.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on September 1

Turkish daily exposes transfer of weapons to IS

The feud between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his rivals in the Gulen movement is turning up news: Is there a link between exposure and the police raid of newspaper offices?
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on September 1

Is it time to bring your bong to Baalbek?

While in the past the Lebanese government has made efforts to destroy some of the country’s illegal cannabis fields, this has yet to happen this year as the security services as preoccupied with more pressing threats.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on September 1

As Turkey's consumer confidence plummets, what does that mean for the AKP?

Turkey’s consumer confidence index — a key indicator that is closely correlated with the AKP’s electoral showings — is on the decline, signaling further losses for the party in the Nov. 1 early elections.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on August 31

Looking to invest in Sinai?

The Egyptian government has amended its law on development in the Sinai Peninsula to permit Egyptian investors to own the properties where their projects are carried out.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 31

Saudi king wants Obama to tackle Iranian 'mischief'

King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud will make clear during his White House visit that Riyadh’s lukewarm support for the Iran nuclear deal depends on the United States keeping Tehran in check.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on August 31

Rouhani faces ballooning expectations at home in post-sanctions era

Economic expectations are high in Iran following the recent nuclear deal, but President Hassan Rouhani has warned against "immediate, but harmful" interests.
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 Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 28

Gaza's cybercriminals get rich hacking Internet-based phone lines

Cybercrime is on the rise in the Gaza Strip, where an absence of relevant legislation has facilitated criminals' efforts to intercept Internet-based phone lines and sell minutes.
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 Fadi Shafei for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 28

Iranian oil minister: 'Others' should be worried about oil prices

Iran's oil minister has said the ministry would welcome an emergency OPEC meeting, but that Iran will not limit its oil production to retain its share of the oil market.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 27

Palestinians smuggle cheaper nicotine fix from Jordan

Smugglers are finding a profitable business in moving cigarettes into Palestine from Jordan and competing with locally made tobacco and more expensive imported cigarettes.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 30

What's the greatest risk to Turkey's economy?

Regional and domestic volatility is threatening Turkey’s finances while the country’s political and financial uncertainties worry global investors.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 27

Slim prospects in Gaza force college grads to work as deliverymen

The poor economic situation in the Gaza Strip has taken a toll on the opportunities available for holders of university degrees, some of whom are now working as deliverymen to get by.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 27

Khamenei supports nuclear deal but warns of 'the enemy'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, praises the conclusion of the nuclear deal and said if issues remain, he hopes they will be resolved.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 26

Was it a win or a loss? Checking Rouhani's midterm economic scorecard

Halfway into his term Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has done well in terms of fulfilling his economic promises — but much remains to be done.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 25

Palestinian brothers look to tap into West Bank beer market

Despite the troubled economy and stout competition from an established brand, one young Palestinian businessman convinced his family to join him in opening a new brewery in Birzeit.
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Miriam Berger for Al-Monitor on August 27

New Russian arms deals could shake up Mideast market

As Russia considers expanding in the Iranian and Saudi arms markets, the rest of the world is asking what such moves would mean for Moscow’s foreign policy and security role in the region.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on August 25

Gazans use WhatsApp to see what's up with the news

Virtual communication application WhatsApp has taken on a more media-oriented role in the Gaza Strip, whereby media outlets are now using it to send news to subscribers, but there are still things to be improved.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 24

Will US sanctions disrupt Iran-Russia economic ties?

Washington’s concerns about Russian actions, including its relations with Iran, and Moscow’s diminishing interest in accommodating them seem set to heighten competition and tensions in the Middle East.
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 Paul J. Saunders for Al-Monitor on August 21

After Israeli settlers left, these Gazans planted more than eggplants

Since Israeli settlers withdrew in 2005 from south Gaza, the Palestinian government allowed investments in these lands that turned into crops that generate considerable profit despite the water crisis.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 23

Israel's natural gas cartel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's adamance in pursuing a deal for exploiting Israel's natural gas, despite it being roundly criticized by regulators, appears to have tentacles to casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and the US-Israel Business Initiative.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on August 21

Even without sanctions, Iranian aviation faces turbulent future

Iranian aviation is faced with multiple challenges, even in the aftermath of long-sought sanctions relief.
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 19

Iran to export gas to Iraq soon, says Iranian official

After the nuclear deal, Iran will need to deepen economic ties with Iraq, including the Kurdish Regional Government.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 19

Aleppo's businessmen blame Turks for damaged factories, looted equipment

While the large industrial complexes in northern Syria were once reminders of the strong economic ties between Ankara and Damascus, Aleppo's businessmen now hold Turkey responsible for the destruction and looting of their factories.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on August 19

Mystery surrounds Egyptian-Israeli trade ties

Egyptian economic experts oppose an unconfirmed report in the Israeli paper Maariv that an Israeli factory might open in Egypt.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 19

Iran to Russia: Where are those missiles you promised us?

Following Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s trip to Moscow, Iranian media has been abuzz with talk about the long-awaited delivery of a long-rang S-300 missile defense system, which is still being held up by Russia.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 18

Iran works to get auto industry back on the road

As the sanctions on Iran are lifted, many hope the Iranian auto industry will be revivied and Western car makers will be pitted against Chinese rivals for shares in Iran's market.
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Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 17

Young women cooking up dreams in Gaza

Publishing one’s culinary creations online has been gaining popularity in Gaza, and it seems the activity could empower young women by helping them to develop their talent and earn money.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on August 17

Turks turn to dollar as lira hits low

Turkish depositors are abandoning the Turkish lira and clamoring for the US dollar.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 17

Tehran district grows by leaps and bounds

The Iranian capital's newest district presents plenty of opportunities, but also challenges.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 16

Will Sisi's economic reforms succeed?

A little more than one year into his term, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's economic policies and generous foreign aid seem to have had a positive impact on the economy, but many challenges remain.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 25

Ankara slices away at meat prices

The Turkish government has intervened in the market to address soaring food prices as the Central Bank stumbles in its fight against inflation.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 14

Iran's troubled bond market

Even if sanctions are lifted, Iran's debt market faces several obstacles to realizing its full potential.
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 Morteza Ramezanpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 12

Turkish men not so worried about worry beads

The traditional use of worry beads, or tesbih, thrives in modern times as a tool for personal therapy, a status symbol and a faithful companion.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on August 24

Possible EU sanctions alarm Israeli banks

Following the recommendation of a prominent think tank, Israeli investors fear that the European Union will decide to "mark" Israeli banks that operate in the West Bank, devastating the entire Israeli banking system.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on August 12

Turkey treads carefully on new gas pipeline with Russia

Ankara doesn’t want to put all of its energy eggs into the Russian basket.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 12

Egypt’s state-owned media ripe for restructuring

The Egyptian Radio and Television Union has had major financial losses, mainly due to its $2.8 billion debt to National Investment Bank, which is why the government launched a restructuring plan.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 11

Going gluten-free in Gaza

Gluten-sensitive Gazans do not have easy access to flour they can easily digest, but two researchers have recently developed a gluten-free wheat that can be produced locally.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 13

Iraqi dates shrivel awaiting production means

Poor management of agricultural lands and a lack of planning and support by the government for farmers have whittled down Iraq’s production of dates.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on August 10

After 500 years, Turkish coffee percolates in popularity

On the brink of oblivion about a decade ago, Turkey’s ancient coffee culture is revived by a vibrant new generation of entrepreneurs and young consumers.
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 Sibel Utku Bila for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 20

'New' Suez Canal might not save Egypt from austerity measures

Despite praise for Cairo's economic achievements and a positive economic forecast, financial hardships are forcing Egypt to consider cutting back as revenues continue to trickle in.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 10

Iran’s sagging housing market may face price shock

With a nuclear deal in hand and the business environment improving, Iranian investors may begin piling cash into the country's ailing housing market — causing a price shock.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 9

The $55 billion cost of abandoning the Kurdish peace process

The economic burden of the Kurdish conflict was one of the government’s key arguments when it launched the Kurdish peace process in 2013, but today, Ankara seems to be braving a hefty economic bill for the sake of its political interests.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 7

Historic Iraqi homes, buildings fall to wrecking ball

As urbanization is expanding in Iraq, construction companies are not taking into account the country's rich heritage and archaeological history, as historical landmarks are destroyed and replaced by modern buildings.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on August 23

NGO finds work for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Rizk, a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the Syrian Forum, has been able to secure jobs for many Syrian refugees in Turkey and now hopes to equip Syrians with the skills to rebuild their country when the war is over.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on August 7

Israel's proposed 2016 budget fails to deliver on promised social reforms

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon promised reforms in banking, cost of living, housing prices and more, but the 2016 budget that he presented to the government carries no extraordinary social vision.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on August 6

Rouhani: 'Merchants of sanctions' upset by nuke deal

In a televised interview, President Hassan Rouhani says the gates of the world have opened up to the Iranian people.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 3

Will Iran buy French warplanes?

With restrictions set to come off in the medium term, Iran has an even greater incentive to modernize its antiquated air force.
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 Abbas Qaidaari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 3

Turkish media digs deeper into gold mogul corruption scandal

New media reports on Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-born Turkish businessman accused in Turkey’s infamous December 2013 corruption probe, could have serious repercussions for Ankara and Tehran.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 31

Gaza money traders profit from dollar-shekel exchange rate manipulations

Gazans are calling for tighter monitoring by the authorities over money traders, who they believe are manipulating dollar-shekel exchange rates to their advantage.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 31

Tobacco eats away West Bank agricultural lands

Tobacco cultivation is expanding rapidly in the West Bank without regulation, threatening the Palestinian economy and agriculture.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 30

Will Iran get its billions back?

Iranian officials have issued contradictory statements about the size of Iran's blocked foreign reserves.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 29

Morocco courts US backing in Sahara dispute

Morocco is spending upwards of $3 million a year to convince US politicians – including presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton – to back its claims over the disputed Western Sahara. So far, it’s working.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on August 3

US turns page on Bahrain's crackdown

US military aid to the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is flowing again after its strong anti-Islamic State stance and pricey PR push.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on August 3

UAE asserts itself with record-smashing lobby blitz

The United Arab Emirates spent a record $12.7 million last year to face down criticism from Islamists and US airlines.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on August 3

Looters find path to export antiquities via Lebanon

As extremist organizations are destroying and looting antiquities in the Middle East, Lebanon is working alongside UNESCO to dismantle smuggling networks that use the country as a corridor to sell stolen artifacts to European countries.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on July 30

The buzz about Lebanon's beekeepers

During a conference held at The Lebanese University by the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development, Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Akram Chehayeb and US Ambassador David Hale focused on the growth of the beekeeping industry in Lebanon.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 30

Despite fame, Gazan painter struggles to make living

Renowned Gaza artist Fathi Ghaben has suffered from poverty and feels cheated, but still believes he will be rewarded for his work someday.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on August 18

Foreign firms prepare to dive into Iran’s lucrative private equity market

Foreign businesses are scouring Iran in search of investment opportunities when sanctions are finally lifted based on the deal reached on the country's nuclear program.
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 Morteza Ramezanpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 28

Lebanon sees green future in ecotourism

Ecotourism could potentially turn into a sustainable source of income for Lebanon, and some organizations have been coordinating efforts to develop the field.
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 Florence Massena for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on August 7

Will Lebanon solve its trash crisis?

With trash piling up in the streets for weeks and landfills overflowing, the country needs a solution soon.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 27

Turkish private sector gears up for Iran push

An end to international sanctions against Iran raises strong commercial prospects for Turkish companies on the Iranian market.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 27

Erbil-Baghdad oil relations swing between deal, no deal

Tensions are still high between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government over oil exports.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 27

Post deal, can Rouhani deliver on promises of reform?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani must tread lightly to ensure economic prosperity after sanctions relief.
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 Alireza Nader for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 24

Gaza universities now more accessible, for all the wrong reasons

Universities in Gaza are lowering their admissions standards in what appears to be a way to realize profit while disregarding the needs of the market.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 26

Cyprus settlement could open trade routes for Turkey

Should the peace talks in Cyprus result in the island’s reunification, the Turkish economy could benefit from Nicosia's close ties in the eastern Mediterranean.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 24

Israel defense minister refuses to consider IDF pension cuts

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon attacked a report calling for the cutting of IDF salaries and pensions despite public support for a more transparent IDF budget.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 24

Ankara turns blind eye to economic downturn

Turkey’s economy is on a worrisome course as tourism and export revenues fall.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 23

Egypt's ailing health care system

After some 30 years of governmental neglect, the Egyptian health care system is riddled with unsafe practices and a lack of personnel and facilities.
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 Lorena Rios for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 23

Israeli superfood research could help Rwanda

Rwandan agronomists are studying techniques developed by Israeli students for fast, cheap and simple cultivation of the superfood algae spirulina.
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 Nurit Canetti for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 22

Turkish artisans keep ceramic craft alight

In the Turkish city of Kutahya, ceramic artisans preserve a centuries-old craft, looking both for foreign markets and interaction with fellow craftsmen across the world.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on August 4

How Turkey really feels about the Iran deal

Although Turkey seems to be happy with the Iran nuclear deal, it is hard to say that politically Turkey would be delighted seeing Iran emerging as a regional power and an international actor.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on July 20

When children have to provide: Syrian refugees struggle in Jordan

A lack of schools and teachers in Jordan along with hurdles preventing Syrian adults from working have led to Syrian refugee children increasingly working illegally to support their families.
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 Aaron Magid for Al-Monitor on July 20

English study an escape for Gazans

Attendance in English teaching centers in Gaza is on the rise, with the youth increasingly aware that learning the language increases their chances of finding better jobs and studying abroad.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 20

The secret world of Baghdad's sex toy shops

Iraqi citizens and the central government are outraged by the spread of sexual products in popular markets across the country.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 20

Preventing Iran's post-sanctions job crisis

With the expected lifting of economic sanctions against Iran, the government will need to formulate a set of policies to protect local industry while also taking into account the return of foreign businesses.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 17

Russia looks for new regional footing post-Iran deal

Beyond diplomatic niceties, real challenges and opportunities await Moscow, as the Iran deal is not the culmination but rather the beginning of some serious and complicated work.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on July 17

Turkish exports plunge

Turkish businesspeople have long advocated a cheap currency as a means to boost exports, but despite the plummeting Turkish lira, a combination of external factors have led to an alarming decrease in exports.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 16

As companies rush to Iran, Turkey slow to wake up to opportunity

As Western companies have already set up camp in Tehran, Turkey’s business circles are waiting and hoping, but political tensions with Iran do not bode well for openings to Turkey.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on July 16

Iraqi writer brings Persian literature to Arab world

Ghassan Hamdan bridges the Iranian-Arab divide with his translations of Persian literature into Arabic.
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Farahmand Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 16

Turkey’s incomes circle the drain

The AKP government’s national income projections fall short of targets.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 15

Syria’s opposition plans to replace Syrian pound with Turkish lira

The Syrian opposition forces in rebel-held northern areas hope a change in currency will put pressure on Bashar al-Assad’s regime on the economic level.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on July 15

Iraq’s banks refuse to ante up amid liquidity shortage

Private banks in Iraq are facing a liquidity crisis that has led to limiting allowed withdrawals, much to the dissatisfaction of citizens.
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 Amina al-Dahabi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 16

Iran nuclear deal with West could help it pivot East

A nuclear deal could bring about the membership of Iran in the Russia and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
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 Paul J. Saunders for Al-Monitor on July 13

Never-ending electricity crisis means lights out for Iraqis, again

Power outages have become a commonplace happening in Iraq, where people now depend on more than one source to substitute for the government’s poor services.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 13

Qatar opens doors to help Palestinians escape 'painful reality' of Gaza

Qatar and Palestine have been working together to bring a larger number of Palestinians to work in Qatar, where the market is in need of skilled labor.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 13

Iran, P5+1 face Security Council conundrum

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will have problems if Iranian expectations regarding the timing of lifting sanctions are not managed.
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on July 9

Gaza's Ramadan drummers

The dire economic situation in the Gaza Strip is making the monthlong job of the musaharati, who wakes people before dawn to break the Ramadan fast, one of the most dependable sources of income all year.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on July 9

Netanyahu, Cabel battle over natural gas outline

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Zionist Camp Knesset member Eitan Cabel said he will fight to ensure that any deal to exploit Israel's offshore natural gas will be in the public's best interest.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 9

Saudi citizens try to break free from poverty

In a black comedy series by Saudi artist Nasser al-Qasabi, the poverty in which many Saudis live in is reflected, while pointing out that people who did not have the chance to finish their education are forced to remain at a dead-end job.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 7

The Ponzi scheme that's trapping Israel’s ultra-Orthodox

The ultra-Orthodox, often hesitant to approach the police out of fear of their name being tarnished, are being fleeced by their own community members.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 7

Iranians look to post-deal economic, political challenges

As Iran moves toward a final nuclear deal, the national media is buzzing with the domestic political and economic issues to be addressed the day after.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 6

Gaza's only mobile phone company forced to close

The Gaza attorney general's shutdown of Jawwal for alleged tax evasion could affect hundreds of jobs and has been met by criticism by those who see the company as a victim of a political divide.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 3

Egypt fights for Mubarak's millions

Egypt is seeking to repatriate $700 million that Switzerland has frozen in accounts that belong to Hosni Mubarak and his family.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 2

Common market between Africa, Egypt not in the offing

The African economic blocs summit left some feeling that the African common market idea is far-fetched.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 2

Few solutions to Arab world’s power outages

Blackouts in the region have causes beyond current wars and armed conflicts.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 1

Tehran art auction attracts buyers, controversy

Tehran's biggest art auction attracted accusations of money laundering as well as record bids.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 1

Egypt cuts exports, exploits domestic raw materials

The government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is adopting a new strategy to minimize exportation activities and exploit Egypt’s wealth locally, despite the negative repercussions these measures could have on the country’s economy.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 30

Palestinians pay high cost to conceive

Infertility and delayed childbearing seem to be on the rise in the Gaza Strip, so families struggle to get expensive treatment while they can barely acquire their most basic needs.
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 Huda Baroud for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 30

Turkish corruption suspect awarded business prize

Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab, who was taken into custody during Turkey’s “17-25 December corruption probe," received top exporter award from a pro-AKP business group.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 30

New developments grow where Tehran's historic sycamore trees used to stand

Tehran's sycamore trees on Valiasr Street are being cut down to make room for businesses and developers; because the trees have a protected status of sorts, it is believed that some are being intentionally dried out in order to kill them.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 25

Ultra-Orthodox now willing to wait tables

After years of shunning jobs like waiting tables and sales, traditionally viewed as "undignified" by the ultra-Orthodox in Israel, many members of the community who recently entered the labor market have joined the service industry.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 29

Did Khamenei demand immediate sanctions relief?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s acknowledgement of the time necessary for the West to uphold its commitments gains great importance when put into the context of what he defines as “signing of the agreement.”
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 Mohammad Ali Shabani for Al-Monitor on June 26

Herzog hangs his hat on natural gas issue

During the election campaign, Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog concentrated on a diplomatic agenda, but now, following the electoral failure, he tries to position himself at the forefront of the natural gas debate.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on June 26

Aleppo's fuel prices quadruple

As the Islamic State continues to prevent the entry of fuel into rebel-held areas, all vital sectors in northern Syria are deeply affected.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on June 25

Increased import taxes drive Gaza auto dealers around the bend

Auto dealers in the Gaza Strip are facing a double taxation policy that is slashing their profits, amid an already precarious industry and deteriorating living conditions.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 28

Sense of belonging draws Palestinians to West Bank

Growing numbers of Palestinians living in Israel prefer shopping and conducting other business in the West Bank because of a sense of belonging and to bolster the economy.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 25

Lebanon looks to sustainable agriculture

A Lebanese association, SOILS, is working to implement permaculture to help farmers develop sustainable, diversified and environmentally friendly long-term production.
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 Florence Massena for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on July 10

Amid crackdown, tunnel smuggling is risky business in Gaza

As the Egyptian army intensifies its campaign to destroy the border tunnels from southern Gaza, many still rely on smuggling goods for work, as no better jobs are available.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 19

Activists claim forgery in Beirut beach development plan

The planned development of the Dalieh of Raouche threatens to prevent public access to one of two remaining natural areas along Beirut's coastline.
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 Muneira Hoballah for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on June 23

Israeli app security startup sold for $100 million

An American private equity firm will acquire around 70% of Israeli startup Checkmarx, which specializes in identifying security vulnerabilities in applications.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on June 18

Prospects for Egyptian-Jordanian cooperation remain hazy

Since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, economic ties have strengthened.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 17

Egypt 'tourism rebound' slow to reach South Sinai

Egypt’s tourism sector has been slowly growing as people do not differentiate between South Sinai and North Sinai, where the fighting is ongoing between the Egyptian army and the Islamic State.
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 Joel Gulhane for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 17

Is Iran on the right track to managing inflation?

To make the economy stable and predictable, the government needs to put an end to its borrowing habit and cut spending in a significant way, economists believe.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 11

Will AKP's loss benefit Israel?

Many in Israel reveled over the AKP's loss in the parliamentarian elections, but their defeat might actually harm the normalization process between the two countries.
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 Arad Nir for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 11

Gaza's ice cream industry melts

Although ice cream is popular among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, local ice cream shops struggle to sustain themselves under Israel's blockade and Hamas' law on imported goods.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 11

Gulf countries rake in billions in Ex-Im Bank subsidies

Several Middle East nations are taking full advantage of a US export financing program whose loans and guarantees supporters say create American jobs and critics claim undermine the US economy. Scroll down to see our interactive table.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on June 11

The last of Iraq's hand-woven carpets

Once an Iraqi trademark and a sought-after speciality, it seems like the handmade carpet industry in Iraq is drawing its last breath.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on June 9

Ultra-Orthodox protest businesses open on Sabbath

The ultra-Orthodox sector is rallying thousands of consumers in its battle against businesses that operate on Saturdays.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 12

South African Jews, not Israel, suffer from boycott

The BDS movement has been active in South Africa for years, but it's the local Jewish community, not Israel-South Africa bilateral trade relations, that are paying the price of the boycott calls.
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 Rina Bassist for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 10

Rouhani: Saving environment starts with sanctions removal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been criticized for linking possible help for the country's environmental problems with sanctions relief from a nuclear deal.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 8

Netanyahu derails debate on boycott, occupation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu views the boycott campaign against Israel through a prism of anti-Semitism and is avoiding public debate over the BDS movement's motives, namely the occupation.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on June 5

Iraqi workers protest for wage payment

Iraq's Ministry of Industry has been unable to pay workers' salaries for several months, placing an even heavier burden on an already sinking industrial sector.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on June 10

Egypt government to require use of fuel subsidy cards

The Egyptian government, in an effort to eventually reduce fuel subsidies, plans to start requiring the use of fuel subsidy cards to keep track of the fuel consumed by each vehicle.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 7

Life as a Gaza street vendor

Owners of small businesses in Gaza are already struggling to make ends meet, and the fines and taxes they are required to pay are adding to their difficulties.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 4

The Islamization of Turkey

Two remarkable developments in Turkey on May 29 have increased concern of growing Islamization in the economy and society.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 4

Tough road ahead for Lebanon's banks

Although Lebanon’s banking sector was able to maintain stability amid political and security turmoil, it is also facing several challenges, including regional competition.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on June 3

Foreign, local workers at odds in Jordan's labor market

The unemployment rate among Jordanians is increasing, as Syrian refugees in Jordan are willing to work for longer hours and lower wages.
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 Elisa Oddone for Al-Monitor on June 3

Turkey’s exports sharply decline

As Turkey has lost its competitiveness on the regional stage, exports have plummeted.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on June 3

EgyptAir pilots fly amid troubled winds

EgyptAir pilots are dissatisfied and feel undervalued amid relatively low salaries.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 2

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

Sales of Turkish property to foreign buyers reaches $4.3B in 2014

Foreign real estate purchases in Turkey have reached more than $16 billion over the past six years, hitting an all-time annual high last year.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 29

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

Jordanians protest Israeli gas deal

Jordanians continue to oppose the natural gas deal struck with Israel, arguing that it threatens the country’s economic and political independence.
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 Adam Lucente for Al-Monitor on June 1

Center trains Ethiopian-Israelis for high-tech careers

A technology training center for Ethiopian-Israelis trains dozens of students every year for high-tech professions, but many graduates feel disappointed in a state that still sees them as manual laborers.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 1

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

Struggle of Negev region against layoffs

The well-connected employees of Israel Chemicals have succeeded in making waves against a layoff plan, but there's little correlation between their struggle and the socio-economic problems of the Negev residents.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 18

Iran slashes interest rates to boost economy

The Iranian leadership will need to make significant political and economic reforms, some of them counterintuitive, to complement interest rate cuts and generate economic momentum.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 15

Turkey’s 4G tender gets bad reception from Erdogan

The Turkish president’s interference in establishing a 4G network in Turkey could harm the country's prospects for future technological developments.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 15

Egypt sets tourism target for 2020

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism is seeking to attract 20 million tourists by 2020 following setbacks in the sector due to security and political instability.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 19

Investors remain wary of Gaza

A recent conference of investors landed six projects for the West Bank, but none for Gaza because of the risk involved.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 14

No questions asked about Turkey's suitcases full of cash

Pundits fear that the new Customs Code will turn Turkey into a haven for money launderers and terror financiers.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 14

The role of Egypt’s central bank

Although Egypt’s foreign reserves were boosted following the Sharm el-Sheikh economic conference in March 2015, the Central Bank of Egypt is still facing difficulties playing a role in the social and economic development of the country.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 13

Gazans scavenge for food, recyclables

In light of the dire economic conditions generated by the Israeli siege, Gazans search for food to eat and recyclables to sell.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 13

Is Turkish Stream a pipe dream?

Turkey and Russia appear keen on the Turkish Stream pipeline project, setting aside differences, but analysts suggest there is more political than economic logic involved.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on May 12

Libyan air force attacks Turkish ship

Turkey’s foreign policy was the real target when Libyan forces struck a Turkish freighter off the coast of Derne, killing one crew member and wounding five others.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on May 12

Egypt outlaws workers’ right to strike

A court ruling in Egypt has criminalized the right to strike, which not only violates the Egyptian Constitution, but also the UN’s International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural rights.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 12

Green energy could save Egypt’s economy

Egypt is going through a transitional period, which might be a unique opportunity to move toward sustainable development and adopt an inclusive green economy strategy to achieve social equity and protect the environment.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 8

New marketplace brings Egyptian manufacturing online

Tajerinn, a new website, may help local manufacturers in Egypt by connecting buyers and sellers of raw materials and developing an efficient local marketing strategy.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 8

What will lifting sanctions do to Iran's rial?

The removal of sanctions will likely substantially strengthen the rial and could lead to a wave of cheap and wasteful imports into Iran, economists have warned.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 7

Egypt's independent media outlets face closures

A dip in profits is pushing Egyptian media institutions to become government mouthpieces, negatively impacting their content.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 7

Gaza's honey production slows to a drizzle

Beekeepers in Gaza are currently experiencing a low in honey production due to the latest Israeli war on Gaza, during which the Israeli army destroyed vast agricultural lands.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 11

Islamic loans give Gaza's women chance to survive poverty

Poverty and unemployment have pushed many women to become the source of income to their families, thus seeking to open their own enterprises through Islamic loans.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 7

Turkey avoids economic pain with EU trade agreement

Turkey would have suffered heavy economic consequences if it was left out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the world’s largest free trade zone.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 6

Ultra-Orthodox start to join 'startup nation'

Six high-tech startups by ultra-Orthodox Israelis, some of them women, were selected by the Kamatech accelerator project for mentorship and funding assistance.
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 Nurit Canetti for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 7

Price impact of Iranian oil uncertain, says US official

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Amos Hochstein, special envoy and coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the US State Department, says Middle Eastern countries are increasingly investing in renewables, international oil companies are returning to Egypt and Israel needs get its regulatory house in order if it wants foreign investments in offshore natural gas.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on May 8

Restricted by Israeli boats, Gaza resorts to fish farms

Israel prevents Gaza’s fishermen from going too far from shore to fish pushing consumers to buy from fish farms at lower prices.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 5

Revitalizing Iraq's ports, airways in the shadow of IS

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Transport Minister Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi elaborates on his ministry’s commitment to overcoming the budget deficit amid the country’s troubled security situation.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on May 5

Foreign investment misses Morocco’s primary sector

Despite the flow of foreign investments into Morocco, the country still has not reached a satisfactory welfare level.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on May 5

Switch to digital television faces bumpy road in Palestine

As the date to move Palestinian TV frequencies from analogue to digital is approaching, concerned parties and ministries are worried about potential issues including interference by Israeli authorities and costs for poorer families.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on May 4

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

Iran targets 'MI6 Shiites'

The Iranian government is engaged in a media offensive against the Shiite Shirazi movement, which runs a broadcasting network to spread its message.
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 Arash Azizi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 4

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 Iran Pulse 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

Egypt struggles to cope with bird flu

The current number of reported H5N1 cases in Egypt bode ill, given the government's less than stellar track record of dealing with previous outbreaks.
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 Alexander Liddington-Cox for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 29

Public outcry pushes Peres to cancel bank deal

With banking system reform in the offing, the lobbying contract of former President Shimon Peres with Bank Hapoalim delivered a serious blow to his image.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on April 24

Beirut's little Armenia keeps tradition alive

People of Armenian descent living in Lebanon strive to preserve their culture, working in traditional sectors and passing down their heritage to the younger generations.
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 Florence Massena for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on April 24

Egyptian businessmen rattled by new regulations

The Egyptian government has upset the local business community with the issuance of regulations for laws imposing a 10% tax on stock market profits and restricting dollar deposits.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 24

Gaza's dying bamboo crafts industry

Handmade bamboo furniture, which is part of the Palestinian identity, is endangered as the financial crisis is worsening in Gaza.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 26

Rouhani ignores domestic political reforms

The nuclear negotiations have taken up a great deal of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's time, but domestic political reforms are what is needed for long-term change.
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 Reza H. Akbari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 23

Turkey’s foreign policy blunders hit home

The Turkish ruling party’s economic and foreign policies have resulted in declining production and exports, with women emerging as the immediate victim of rising unemployment.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 22

Progress stalled on Russia's pipeline through Turkey

The project to pump gas from Russia to Europe via the Black Sea and Turkey has not broken ground despite plans for completion by 2019.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 21

Gaza’s bookstores struggle

With the purchasing power of Gazans on the skids, people are reading less, and some libraries and book shops are barely scraping by and others are closing down.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 22

Tainted Russian wheat resurfaces in Egypt

The dangerously low-quality wheat imported from Russia that plagued Egypt during the Mubarak era has returned to the country, which recently identified 25,000 tons destined for Egyptian bread.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 20

Iran's housing bubble

Housing prices in Iran have significantly dropped since mid-2013, most notably in Tehran, where pollution and traffic cause families to move to the suburbs and countryside, while young urbanites seek smaller housing units.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 19

Turks link Armenia to US foes in bid to derail genocide nod

Ankara's allies raise concerns with Yerevan's ties to Iran and Russia.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 16

How will Turkey explain $4.3 billion in unidentified foreign currency?

Is it a coincidence that an unexpected gush of foreign funds from unidentified sources occurs in election periods?
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 14

Syrian border closure deals blow to Jordan economy

The Free Syrian Army has taken over the strategic border crossing of Nasib, a main trade route between Jordan and Syria, pushing the Jordanian government to seek alternative transport options and export markets.
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 Elisa Oddone for Al-Monitor on April 14

How will Turkey benefit from lifting of Iran sanctions?

Turkey faced substantial losses with declining exports to Iran because of the embargo. Now that easing of sanctions is a possibility, however, political ambitions and contradictory positions may impede recovery.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 10

How the nuclear deal will help Iran's economy

While a comprehensive nuclear deal is not yet final, the psychological boost of the famework deal and prospects of an end to sanctions are already placing Iran in a better position to materialize its economic potential.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 10

West Bank boycotts six Israeli companies

The Palestinian boycott of Israeli products sold in the West Bank might help strengthen the Palestinian economy, and draw the world’s attention to the Israeli occupation.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 9

Egypt to face mandatory maritime inspections

As Egypt has failed to undergo voluntary trial inspections of its maritime works, ports and ships, the International Maritime Organization's upcoming official inspections could negatively affect shipping in the Suez Canal.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 9

Erdogan focuses on trade during Iran visit

Despite a red-carpet welcome to Tehran, where meetings between the Turkish president and Iranian officials focused on economic ties, the uproar around Recep Tayyip Erdogan's incendiary remarks about Iran continued unabated.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on April 8

Economists: Stability key to attracting investment in Lebanon

At a banking forum, economic leaders called for greater public-private cooperation and pushed for political stability in the country.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on April 7

Saudi Arabia embraces high-tech lobbying

Saudi Arabia is tapping politically connected digital image-makers amid escalating tensions with Iran.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 6

Will Egypt's new administrative capital help its economy?

Thoughtful planning and government management seem indispensable to a return on investments for Egypt.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 2

CHP report exposes Turkey's high poverty levels

Following revelations that the Turkish government has profiled the entire population, the main opposition responds by “profiling” alarming poverty among the masses.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 31

Egypt warily signs preliminary Nile agreement

While showing some optimism about the Declaration of Principles it recently signed with Sudan and Ethiopia, Egypt is proceeding with caution concerning its historical water rights.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 31

Turkey's Ottoman-era aphrodisiacs

The all-natural "Turkish Viagra" and other love potions found in Istanbul's markets are now an international commodity.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on March 30

Egypt terror attacks fail to scare investors

The Revolutionary Punishment Movement claimed responsibility for bombing banks that participated in the Egypt Economic Development Conference on March 13-15, in what seems to be a failed attempt at crippling investments in Egypt.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 26

Imported goods crowd out local production in Iraq

Flooded with imported goods, the Iraqi market is grappling with a serious lack of local products, due to the displacement of farmers, lack in government control and almost absent support for the domestic industry.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on March 25

Iranian vendor dies after setting himself on fire

Iranian activists are questioning why the self-immolation of a fruit vendor in Iran did not lead to mass protests.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 24

Increased confidence in Jordan’s currency

Jordan’s foreign exchange reserves seem to be on the rise thanks to the country’s pegging policy and the attractiveness of the economic opportunities it has to offer, which is bringing in more foreign investments.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 26

Egypt hopes economic conference will yield results

Egypt's economic conference in Sharm el-Sheikh was considered a success in terms of agreements to foster Egypt’s economy, but some projects will only be implemented in the long run.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 24

Growing mushrooms in Gaza

Many families of the Gaza Strip have lost their conventional breadwinners, pushing women to tap into mushroom cultivation as a vital alternative.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 24

Khamenei calls for greater domestic production

In his New Year's speech, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the Iranian supreme leader, urges greater national economic cooperation and says the country needs more domestic capacity building as part as being an "economy of resistance."
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 23

Is there an Egyptian cotton conspiracy?

Amid arguments chalking it up to global conspiracies and others to poor government management, Egypt’s cotton industry is on the decline, further crippling the country’s textile industry.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 20

Number of working Orthodox women on the rise

Over the past few years more and more ultra-Orthodox women are seeking work in the secular Israeli labor market, though not everyone in ultra-Orthodox society accepts this.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on March 22

Iran may turn to biofuels amid worsening pollution

As pollution increases in Iran, Iran may finally turn to biofuels, despite previous failed attempts to do so.
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 Shiva Bakhtiari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 19

Inside the West Bank's homemade cigarette industry