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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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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

Palestinians increasingly smoke locally produced tobacco at cheap rates, causing a challenging situation for cigarette companies, tobacco growers and the Palestinian government.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 19

Arab countries hope to influence G-20 agenda

An Istanbul economic forum highlighted Arab countries' aims to be included in the G-20 summit to be held in Turkey in November 2015.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on March 16

Egypt's election delay leaves foreign investors uncertain

Economists say that the delayed Egyptian parliamentary elections might discourage foreign investors, whose first consideration is stability in Egypt.
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 Enas Hamed for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 16

Canal project from Dead Sea to Red Sea makes waves

The Bahrain canal project to link the Dead Sea to the Red Sea seems to be of great benefit to Israel, while Palestinians will mostly be affected negatively, politically and environmentally.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 16

Ambitious solar project promises more electricity for Lebanon

A large-scale project in the Beirut district of Bourj Hammoud is set to use solar energy to produce electricity and fulfill the needs of the country, and beyond.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 15

Lebanon's creative entrepreneurs

Many Lebanese female entrepreneurs and designers have made it internationally, revolutionizing the perception of Lebanon’s fashion.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on March 24

Kuwait's economic development

Despite serious efforts to address development issues in Kuwait, various barriers still stand in the way, including local companies' lack of operational capabilities, the private sector's lagging contribution to economic activity and dependence on foreign workers.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 13

Iraq's illegal employment agencies

Unregistered recruitment agencies in Iraq bring Asian laborers to work long hours and for wages lower than what Iraqis demand.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on March 13

Israel tightens control on Erez crossing

The Israeli authorities have arrested at the Erez crossing Palestinian and Israeli merchants who were accused of smuggling prohibited goods to the resistance in Gaza, which is said to be using these materials to rebuild the tunnels destroyed during the war in summer 2014.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 11

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia inch toward resolving Nile dam crisis

During the closed negotiations held in Khartoum, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed on a plan to find technical solutions to the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt fears threatens its share of the Nile.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 11

Khamenei warns against destruction of Iran's forests

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that illegally privatizing public forests and mountains is harming the country's environment and the world at large.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on March 9

Turkey’s conflicting visions of the economy

There is a growing conflict in Ankara between two distinct views of the economy: the rational/conventional one led by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and the conspiratorial/revisionist one led by Yigit Bulut, senior adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on March 9

Iran holds first ever fashion week

Contrary to Western stereotypes, Iranian women are avid followers of fashion and increasingly prominent in an industry that they hope to expand even to US customers.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on March 27

Turkish Twitter user: Erdogan to target CHP-linked bank

Fuat Avni, the handle of an anonymous Twitter user who has successfully revealed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s moves in the past, just issued another explosive prediction.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 6

Yemen's crippled economy

It seems like political and social development in Yemen is being impeded by various political pressures, but restoring political harmony and addressing security concerns are key for the country to get back on its feet.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 6

Iranian minister slammed for warning of 'dirty money' in politics

Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has been forced to walk back his claims that money from illegal drug smuggling has entered politics.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on March 5

Iranian banks on shaky ground

Toxic loans coupled with crippling sanctions have led Iranian banks to be running out of capital, pushing deposit-taking banks to offer higher rates than monetary officials insist on.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 4

Syria’s housing crisis widens social gap

As a result of more than 6 million citizens being internally displaced, Syria has seen rampant increases in rental prices, leading wealthy real estate owners to take advantage of the poor.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 8

Saudi Arabia's falling oil revenues

Saudi Arabia should speed up construction of its public transportation network and its nuclear and solar energy sources.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 2

From 'zero problems' to zero trade

Ankara’s support of the Islamist-controlled National General Congress instead of the government in Tobruk has had dire consequences for Turkish business interests in Libya.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on February 27

Was Rouhani's zero-inflation claim misleading?

Both economists and political rivals question President Hassan Rouhani's claim of zero inflation, saying he used the wrong criteria.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on February 25

Iraq's corruption continues unchecked

Corruption involving public contracts has become prevalent in Iraq since 2003 and is difficult to stop because government officials are benefitting from it.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 25

The new generation of Israeli election campaign clips

The advent of social media has changed the face of election campaigning, with productions in TV studios giving way to video clips, delivering their message in the absence of regulation or supervision.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on February 27

Lebanese, Egyptian officials meet to discuss economic ties

Lebanese and Egyptian business figures sit down to consider how to catalyze investment and increase bilateral relations.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on February 22

Gaza farmers unable to export produce

Agriculture in Gaza is suffering after the Israeli decision to ban vegetable exports from the Strip to the West Bank.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 23

Egypt hopes to lure investors back

The Egyptian government is considering a new law to help ease the obstacles investors face and attract future investments.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 23

PA considers ending economic ties with Israel

Palestinians are discussing the possibility of rejecting the Paris Protocol and disengaging economically from Israel following Israel's decision to withhold tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 23

Gazans forced to sell their belongings

The harsh economic crisis that has been worsening in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli blockade and the PA’s financial deficit has forced Gazans to sell their belongings to avoid begging for money.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 20

US dollar slowly replacing Syrian pound

Since the civil war began, the Syrian pound has lost about four-fifths of its value against the US dollar, which is being used more and more in opposition-controlled areas.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on February 17

Iran's job seekers lack practical skills

While many young Iranians are now college graduates, many lack the technical and practical work experience to land a job.
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 16

Gulf states to cut aid to Egypt

The Egyptian government hopes the Egypt Economic Development Conference will succeed in attracting new investments given an expected drop in aid from the Gulf.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 17

Billion dollar smuggling industry drains Iran's economy

Partly due to sanctions, smuggling of drugs, cigarettes and cosmetics is widespread in Iran and some question whether government organizations are implicated.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 13

Palestinian government allows entry of Israeli goods into Gaza

The Palestinian government has said that the decision is a temporary measure made necessary by the destruction to factories during the last Gaza war.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 13

Knockoff drugs endanger Egyptians

Counterfeit medications have become a common problem in Egypt, which has no central drug commission or strong laws penalizing their production and sale.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 18

Gender discrimination rife in Jordanian workplaces

Women in Jordan struggle against harassment and sexism in a number of industries.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on February 15

Controversy continues over Nile, Congo river projects

The recent decision of Egypt to suspend the works of a private company tasked with the project of linking the Congo River to the Nile stirred much controversy, considering the water quota this project would have provided to Egyptians.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 12

Taxes on fuel paralyze Gaza’s only power plant

By imposing the so-called blue tax on industrial diesel before it is sold in Gaza, the national consensus government in Ramallah is effectively paralyzing the only electrical power plant in the Gaza Strip.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on February 11

36 years after the revolution, where is Iran now?

Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution has faced many challenges, with lifespan, access to education and standard of living having improved significantly, while corruption and the country's human rights situation remain a cause of concern.
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 Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 10

Russia looks to Egypt for Mideast foothold

Russia wants to increase its regional presence in the Arab world, and having Egypt share the Russian narrative of regional dynamics is a way out of its isolation.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on February 12

Erdogan's 'facts' muddle Turkey's economic reality

For his supporters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an unquestionable leader who, not being limited by reality, is able to create his own facts.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on February 9

Why did Turkey seize Bank Asya?

A Turkish government agency made the unprecedented move of taking control of the management of the financially sound Bank Asya.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 9

Syria approves budget

Although the Syrian government approved the largest budget, amounting to 1.55 billion Syrian pounds, officials say that it will help establish security, meet the needs of the displaced and encourage investments.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on February 9

Iraqi government spends millions on medical treatment abroad

The Iraqi government is paying huge sums to help Iraqis travel abroad for medical treatment instead of allocating money to improve health care in the country.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 5

Hamas declares opening of Gaza seaport

Hamas is working to open and operate its Gaza seaport, especially since countries such as Turkey, Cyprus and Greece apparently have agreed to send and receive ships from Gaza.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 4

Khamenei's fans take to Instagram

Supporters of Iran's supreme leader have taken to Instagram to share his message urging the youth of the West to study Islam.
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 Holly Dagres for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on February 3

Gaza’s fishermen confront multiple dangers

Not only are fishermen from Gaza subject to being shot by Israeli sailors, they also struggle against potentially fatal weather conditions.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on February 3

Al-Azhar, Salafist group spar over banking interest

The Salafist Call in Egypt issued a fatwa prohibiting banking interest in a move that could push Egyptians to either keep their money at home or in Islamic banks.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on February 2

Beirut to build new museum as Arab art booms

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) is looking to open a museum to display the art of many Arab and local artists in Beirut.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on February 2

Turkey’s Central Bank caves on interest rates

Under fire from the government and the president, Turkey’s Central Bank has abandoned its cautious approach and moved to lower interest rates.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 30

Syrian journalism co-opted by warring factions

Syrian factions have recruited journalists and media activists to their cause, making unbiased journalism nearly impossible.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 30

Southern Algeria protests fracking plans

Officials in Algeria were taken by surprise by the protests in the poor south against the exploitation of shale gas using methods that could have catastrophic environmental and health repercussions.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on January 30

Why is Turkey censoring lingerie, antique books?

Turkey's Web watchdog is turning into a "wicked" censorship monster that can arbitrarily target any website, from global prosperity indexes to LGBT forums.
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 Emre Kizilkaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 29

How will new Saudi king handle the economy?

The newly appointed Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz should focus on the economy by promoting local industries to decrease the reliance on oil revenues.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 29

Egyptian pound's drop part of Central Bank's plan

The Central Bank's efforts to reduce the price of the local currency against the dollar are working to undermine the black market, but these measures risk increasing prices.
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 Enas Hamed for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 29

Erdogan's Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose aspirations for regional leadership have failed, has begun trying to acquire leadership of the Islamic world on his Africa tour.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on January 28

Living among the dead in Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing has failed to provide housing for Gaza’s families, forcing some to live in cemeteries and beg for money.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 28

Turkey foreign investment slowdown

Dutch entrepreneurs topped the list of foreign investors in Turkey in 2014, as the number of foreign companies exceeded 41,000, despite the insecure climate that has emerged in Turkey in terms of democracy and the rule of law.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 28

Turkey’s arms procurement raises questions

There are questions being raised about the wisdom of Turkey's expensive defense expenditures — but not by the public.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on January 27

Austerity for Egypt's Internet?

As social media activists in Egypt rally to demand faster and cheaper Internet services, the government of Ibrahim Mehleb asks citizens to limit their Internet consumption, a move many see as one austerity step too far.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 27

War on Gulenists undermines Turkish diplomacy

Ankara has canceled the authorization of 51 honorary consuls as part of its war on the Gulen movement while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses African governments to shut down Gulenist-founded schools.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on January 26

Iraq, Turkey strengthen energy relationship

The bilateral relationship between Iraq and Turkey is strengthening following recent meetings in which an increased collaboration on oil, natural gas and electric energy production and export was discussed.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 23

Female engineers in Lebanon push glass ceiling

Women are starting to gain respect from male counterparts as their numbers in the engineering field rise.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on January 25

Cairo metro fare hike results in public backlash

Egyptian news recently reported that the Transport Ministry will increase the price of a metro ticket by 2,500%, which activists consider extremely unfair.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 23

Egypt forgives Iraqi debt in exchange for oil

During Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Cairo, the Egyptian government agreed to drop the Iraqi debt owed to Egypt, in exchange for oil shares that would come in handy in light of the energy crisis plaguing Egypt.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 23

Gaza water desalination plants cause severe health risks

The lack of supervision over water desalination plants and the Israeli siege contribute to the contamination of drinking water available to Gaza’s residents.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 22

Phosphate production poisoning Tunisian city

The phosphate refinery in Gabes offers employment opportunities, but it is also responsible for environmental degradation causing harm to public health, including high rates of cancer and kidney disease.
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 Sam Kimball for Al-Monitor on January 22

Iran holds trump card on oil: petrochemicals

To offset the drop in oil revenues, Iran can look to its petrochemical industry.
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 22

Turkey missed its key economic targets in 2014

Turkey failed to attain most of its key economic targets last year, but was likely to receive a boost from falling oil prices in 2015.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 20

Will Russia's economic decline affect its Middle East influence?

Russia’s economic influence in the Middle East is bound to suffer as its economy continues to decline; but whatever happens, Moscow will retain one of its most important sources of influence — its veto power in the UN Security Council.
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 Paul J. Saunders for Al-Monitor on January 19

Iraqi agriculture drops 40% under IS control

Iraq's minister of agriculture told Al-Hayat that Iraq had hoped to announce agricultural self-sufficiency, but security conditions brought the sector back to square one.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 19

Questions arise over Libya's finances

While some experts have warned that Libya is fast approaching bankruptcy, reserves may help the North African state stay afloat.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 18

Egypt’s revolutions have not stopped corruption

Corruption in Egypt is still increasing, despite the January 25 Revolution's call for a better society, mainly due to a lack of oversight by concerned parties and government organizations.
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 Enas Hamed for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 15

Turkey aims to mend ties with Armenia

Armenia’s entry in the Euroasian Economic Union has encouraged Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to implement his formal apology and open the border with Armenia before April 24, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the genocide.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 15

Rising domestic oil consumption challenges Arab states

Statistics indicate that domestic oil and gas demand in the Arab states will outstrip current production in two decades, posing a major challenge to these economies.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 15

Bahrain economy growing despite oil price slump

Despite the recent decline in the price of oil, Bahrain's economy is well set to continue robust growth as banking, construction and domestic labor markets post strong figures.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 14

Action needed to reform Iranian banks

Poor economic conditions have led to a crisis of non-performing loans for Iranian banks.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 13

Poverty exacerbates problems in Tripoli

In the wake of yet another explosion, studies indicate that the level of poverty in Tripoli is increasing.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on January 13

Lebanon’s continued electricity cuts portend disaster

The Lebanese state has yet to secure a continuous electricity supply to its citizens, nearly 20 years after the end of the civil war, which has led to heavy debts and will incur a major disaster in the near future.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on January 12

Will investment trends change in Turkey in 2015?

The Istanbul stock exchange emerged as the most profitable investment tool in Turkey in 2014, followed by the dollar.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 12

Turkey faces demining delays

Having stalled for a decade, Turkey risks further delays in meeting its international obligations to clear vast minefields, most of them along the Syrian border.
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 Sibel Utku Bila for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 9

A look back at Israel's 2014 startups

The Israeli cyberindustry issued IPOs in the amount of $2.3 billion in 2014, but it is also showing signs of a bubble, with the Chinese already at its doorstep.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on January 9

Lebanon’s economic outlook for 2015

The economic situation in Lebanon does not bode well for the coming year, but hope remains if governing political forces move away from the region's conflicts.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on January 9

Turkey's threatened sea turtles

An AKP-affiliated developer's privatization attempts on a beach preserved for endangered sea turtles has turned Dalyan’s residents into environmental activists.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on January 8

Iran's new budget to focus on privatization, subsidy reforms

Iran's economic outlook remains uncertain amid fluctuating oil prices and continuing nuclear negotiations, while officials are looking to create a law that would make the country’s state budgets independent of oil export revenue.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 8

Arab energy sector investments decline

Investment in the Arab energy sector is expected to reach about $685 billion between 2015 and 2019, according to a study prepared by the Arab Petroleum Investments Corp.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 7

Falling oil prices both blessing, curse for Egypt

As the price of oil continues to decline, Egypt stands to both gain and lose: It will save in petroleum subsidies while the job market for Egyptian oil workers in the Gulf, a significant source of remittances, will decline.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 6

Political missteps in Libya cause Turkey's economy to stumble

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP government's backing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya is inflicting billions of dollars of economic losses on Turkey and eroding its political influence in Libya and Saharan Africa.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 6

Dubai's disappointing film festival

Budget cuts and a lukewarm selection made the latest Dubai International Film Festival the weakest in recent memory, raising questions about the festival’s future and Arab cinema in general.
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 Joseph Fahim for Al-Monitor on January 5

Iraqi Cabinet approves budget reforms

After failing to agree on a federal budget for 2014, Iraq’s Cabinet has finally approved and submitted its 2015 budget to parliament with an announcement to enact austerity plans.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on January 2

Female journalists fight gender discrimination

Throughout the world, including Lebanon, women in the media battle unequal pay, an unwillingness to be sent to conflict zones and the challenges of motherhood.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on January 2

Russian crisis worries Turkish businesses

Hopes that Western sanctions against Moscow would benefit Turkey appear to have been premature.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on December 30

Syrian charities battle corruption

Roughly 2,000 Damascenes participated in a marathon to raise funds for Syrian cancer patients, to make up for a significant drop in available medication due to corruption in the Syrian Health Ministry.
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Mustafa al-Haj for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on December 30

Who is benefiting from the Erdogan-Gulen split?

The Turkish government’s onslaught against the Gulen community has opened the door to public jobs and economic benefits for other religious groups.
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 Omer Sahin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 30

Ongoing instability hurts Yemeni businesses

The Yemeni economy continues its downward spiral, with Yemeni entrepreneurs finding it difficult to get financing for projects while the country’s political instability worsens.
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 A correspondent in Yemen for Al-Monitor on December 29

Will oil price drop weaken Qaboos?

It will be a challenge for the government to keep its commitments to Omanis while sliding oil prices hinder its ability to increase government services in times of unrest, a crucial lifeline for the monarchy since the Arab Spring.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on January 2

Algeria's winter of discontent

Algeria is facing economic challenges that largely depend on the price of oil, and therefore President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is pushing Saudi Arabia to cut its oil production to force up prices, which would benefit Algeria.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on December 29

Turkey, Iran at war over trucking

A 1994 transportation accord has fueled Turkish-Iranian rivalry for economic and political influence in Central Asia.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 29

Iran VP confident oil prices will average $80

While some Iranians are concerned about Saudi Arabia intentionally causing the drop in oil prices to hurt Iran, the administration believes the price of oil will recover.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on December 29

Syria threatened by food insecurity

The shelling of arable land during the Syrian conflict has forced farmers to flee abroad and left Syrians without enough wheat.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 28

Saudi royal priorities

A recent budget report shows challenges ahead for the Saudi economy in 2015.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on December 26

To beat unemployment, young Gazans turn to birds

In light of the repeated Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip that have destroyed the local economy, some young Palestinians are breeding canaries to overcome poverty and unemployment.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 26

As Gulf aid dries up, Egypt struggles

The government’s task of reducing the deficit and turning the Egyptian economy around has grown more difficult with the predicted decline in Gulf aid.
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 Enas Hamed for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 30

Foreigners put brakes on investment in Turkey

Foreigners invested only $9.1 billion in Turkey in the first nine months of the year, dashing hopes for a year-end total of $16 billion, while Turks invested $4.2 billion abroad.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 24

Russia's South Stream move empowers Turkey

By redirecting the South Stream pipeline toward Turkey, Moscow has “outsourced” the project to Ankara, a much tougher negotiator to face the Europeans.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on December 24

Israeli expert: 'cyberspace has become a battlefield'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, the head of the INSS Cyber Security Program, Gabi Siboni, states that after the recent hacking of Sony Pictures, Western countries should consider cyberattacks as a real threat to their sovereignty.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on December 23

Will Arab countries buy Israel's natural gas?

In a recent conference the Institute for Palestinian Studies discussed the multilateral agreements to supply Arab states with gas from Israeli fields.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 23

Nidaa Tunis, Ennahda agree on economic policy

Nidaa Tunis and Ennahda share a similar economic vision for stabilizing the Tunisian economy, raising the question of whether there will be a true political opposition to challenge government policies.
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 Eric Reidy for Al-Monitor on December 22

Interim oil deal won't fully resolve Baghdad-Erbil dispute

Although the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi federal government recently reached an interim oil agreement, many contentious topics remain unresolved.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 21

Morocco's workplace gender gap widens

Less than one in four Moroccan women are employed.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on December 21

Morocco unveils gas plan

Morocco plans to import liquefied natural gas and have the first gas-powered power plants operational by 2021.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on December 19

Kuwait faces economic challenges

Kuwait faces many problems obstructing its economic development, mainly in a lack of reforms and foreign labor force.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 18

Syria seeks steady flow of Iranian oil

The Syrian government is expressing its concerns on the irregular supply of Iranian oil, as it has been unable to meet Syrian fuel needs.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on December 18

Lebanon signs agreement with Mercosur

Lebanon has signed a memorandum of understanding with the South American free trade organization Mercosur, whose member states host three times the number of Lebanese living in Lebanon.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on December 18

Gaza imposes new taxes

Gaza’s Ministry of Finance has imposed new taxes on imported goods without approval from the unity government, drawing criticism from industry and citizens.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 18

Expanding defense budgets feed fears of Middle East arms race

A new report on arms-producing companies offers insight into the Middle East, where military experts say the armament race is likely to continue at an increasing pace.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on December 17

IRGC responds to Rouhani's comments

Following the president's warning against the consolidation of power, the head of the IRGC has criticized interpretations of strife between the president and his organization, which he credits with maintaining Iran's opposition to the United States.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on December 17

Jordan aims to reduce unemployment

With the help of grants from the Gulf, the Jordanian monarchy will initiate a 10-year socioeconomic plan to focus on high productivity sectors, entrepreneurship and unemployment.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 16

Morroco’s economy expects setbacks

Although Morocco's economy is expected to suffer slight setbacks, the monarchy enjoys political stability and international financial aid to help it bounce back quickly.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 15

Nuclear extension, oil price rattle Iranian markets

The extension of the nuclear talks for another seven months means sanctions are not lifted and the precipitous drop in oil prices has rattled Iranian markets.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 15

Energy deals may make Turkey irreversibly reliant on Moscow

Despite the celebratory sentiment in Ankara after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit, Turkey’s energy dependence on Russia is bound to further increase with nuclear power plant projects.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 12

Businesses boom as Syrians put down roots in Turkey

Ankara has acknowledged the prospect of at least 1 million Syrian refugees never leaving, as many set up companies, buy property and open schools.
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 Sibel Utku Bila for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 12

Tunisia's economy not yet in the clear

A new report by the International Monetary Fund suggests political instability could undermine Tunisia’s economic recovery.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on December 12

UAE chocolatiers 'rebrand' dates, camel milk into luxury treats

Two United Arab Emirates companies have found international success with luxury confections made with local ingredients such as dates and camel milk.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor on December 11

Abadi vows to hunt 'ghost soldiers'

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has publicly addressed the issue of "ghost" soldiers and employees, an aspect of rampant state corruption, and promised to fight the problem.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on December 11

In natural gas, all pipelines go through Turkey

Natural gas from Iraq is to reach Turkey in 2017, Azeri gas is to arrive in 2018 and Iran, Russia and Israel also want to sell their natural gas via Turkey.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 10

Ankara's influence over Barzani wanes

The new oil agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad shows that KRG President Massoud Barzani is no longer fully controlled by Ankara.
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Translated from Radikal (Turkey) on December 10

$8,700 will let young Turks 'buy out' their military service

The Turkish government's unexpected decision to let conscripts pay off compulsory military service has military leaders worried, as tens of thousands of young men stand to take advantage of the chance not to join up.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on December 10

Iran VP: We'll manage even if oil drops to $40

Iranian officials and media outlets have expressed concern over the president’s budget for the next Iranian year, worrying that the administration has been overly optimistic in predicting oil prices.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on December 10

Iran's budget tackles falling oil prices

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's $294 billion budget for 2015 shows his government is willing to cut costs to compensate for falling oil prices, but makes no allowance for the absence of a nuclear deal with the West.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 10

Animosity for the West drives Erdogan, Putin closer

Russia’s political difficulties with the United States and Europe provide what appears at first sight to be a windfall for Turkey.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on December 9

Baghdad-Erbil deal silent on KRG's surplus oil

Questions remain over what the Kurdistan Regional Government is to do with the quantity of oil it is not exporting under Baghdad’s supervision.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 9

Syria's war hits Turkish car rental companies

At least 473 vehicles owned by Turkish rental car companies have been smuggled into Syria.
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Translated from Milliyet (Turkey) on December 9

Rouhani criticizes consolidation of power in government

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has indirectly criticized the economic power and influence of the Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on December 9

US official claims gains in curtailing IS oil smuggling

Energy and Iraq experts question US assertions of success in closing longstanding smuggling routes used by Islamic militants to send oil and other products from Iraq and Syria to Turkey and Jordan.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on December 8

Egypt tackles embezzlement

Egypt’s judiciary will consider a new reform to allow for amicable settlement between the government and those accused of embezzlement, bringing in recovered funds but also possibly legalizing corruption.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 8

Business as usual: Turkey's never-ending love of the bribe

Some 46% of Turkish businessmen believe corruption won’t end, while the country sinks lower in the global transparency index.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 8

Is the Islamic ‘state’ doomed to failure?

By building an economy that is based on oil and a society confined by severe and repressive laws, the economic and social foundations of the so-called Islamic State are doomed to crumple.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 8

How will Saudis adapt to low oil prices?

Saudi Arabia will have to rely on its reserves and cut its projects and other aid to cope with falling oil prices, a tall task for a rentier state.
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 Saeed Alwahabi for Al-Monitor on December 8

Abdul-Mahdi: Now real work begins for Baghdad, Erbil

Although the oil deal between Baghdad and Erbil is a positive development, Turkey is sidelined by it and risks becoming a “geopolitical bystander” because of Russia's decision to cancel the South Stream gas project.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on December 8

Turkey and the politics of coal

The Turkish government distributed 17 million tons of free coal to the needy, which was widely seen as an election bribe.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on December 5

Oil deal a sign of hope between Baghdad, Erbil

An oil agreement signed by the Iraqi and Kurdish governments over the management of oil proceeds could be a new step in the normalization of relations between them.
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 Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 5

Islamic State reaps profits from organ trafficking

The militant group relies on diverse forms of extortion to fund its operations in both Syria and Iraq.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 5

Iraq investigates private banks for money laundering

88% of private banks in Iraq are under investigation on charges of money laundering, which have become rampant in the country in the absence of efficient audits by the Central Bank.
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 Amina al-Dahabi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 4

Gaza engineer develops new technology to replace cement

Engineer Imad al-Khalidi has developed a replacement for cement to help the Gaza Strip deal with its housing crisis, after the Israeli war left many homes damaged or destroyed and in the face of Israel continuing to prevent the entry of construction materials.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 4

Iran to reinstate budgetary planning body

Iran’s Supreme Administrative Council has approved the revival of the Planning and Budget Organization, a major promise of President Hassan Rouhani’s campaign and an asset Rouhani will need no matter how the nuclear negotiations turn out.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 8

Turkey plans new pipeline to Europe

Ankara will benefit from the natural gas "cold war" now that Russia says it will halt the South Stream project and pump gas to Turkey through a new pipeline.
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Translated from Milliyet (Turkey) on December 3

Turkey looks to lure Hollywood filmmakers

Seeking to attract European and American filmmakers to Turkey, the Culture and Tourism Ministry has drafted a bill to meet 25% of the costs of foreign productions shot there.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 2

Turkey’s pro-Erdogan media purge

The unexpected dismissals of three top executives from two of Turkey’s key pro-Erdogan newspapers has led to questions about the power games in the ruling AKP.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on December 1

After joining IS, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis expands in Egypt

Terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is developing its strategy and tactics after joining the Islamic State, and threatens to spread the violence to Egyptian cities outside Sinai.
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 A correspondent in Sinai for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 1

Turkish simits arrive in New York

A simit is no longer just ring-shaped sesame bread, but a subtle introduction to Turkish cuisine.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on November 28

Ankara, Baghdad turn over new leaf in relationship

Prospects for political, economic and security cooperation between Ankara, Baghdad and Erbil look much better today despite issues that have to be ironed out.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on November 25

Israel violates terms of Gaza cease-fire

Israel is still not abiding by the terms of the cease-fire deal that ended the Gaza war in August, and still harasses and fires at Palestinian farmers and fishermen.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 25

Future uncertain for Baghdad-Erbil oil cooperation

Despite a breakthrough deal between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to cooperate on oil exports from northern Iraq, thorny issues remain.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on November 25

Lebanese officials file lawsuit against the state

Six Lebanese nationals, including former and current deputies, filed a lawsuit against the state, accusing successive governments of illegally collecting and spending funds in the absence of a clear, lawful budget.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on November 25

Under US pressure, Turkey focuses on relations with Baghdad

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signaled Turkey's intentions of switching diplomatic tracks during his Baghdad visit.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 24

Egypt debates health care reform

New legislation has been proposed to revamp Egypt’s outdated and ill-functioning health insurance system and cover all Egyptians under one universal insurance umbrella.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 24

Iran keeps tight grip on Central Bank

The governor of the Central Bank of Iran is defending his performance just as political groups are fighting for authority over the governor position, while the bank needs greater independence to stabilize Iranian markets.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 25

Turkey opts for microchips to protect miners

Reluctant to enforce the addition of costly safe rooms in mines, the Turkish government proposes to equip miners with microchips, a measure that would mostly serve to locate their corpses in the event of accidents.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 23

Iran's private sector eager for nuclear deal

Iran's private sector has high hopes for a comprehensive nuclear deal, as it predicts economic growth and stability as the outcome.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 21

Kurdish, Iraqi energy ministers pledge new era of cooperation

Western oil ministers and experts warn that a recent agreement between the Baghdad and Erbil governments to export 150,000 barrels of oil a day through Turkey is just a first step toward re-unifying Iraq and meeting global energy demand.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on November 20

Lebanon looks to reform business practices

Lebanon was once a hub for business in the Middle East, but in recent years it has struggled to regain its former glory.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on November 21

Tehran's missing $14 billion

Iranian investigation of the gold trade with Turkey, and Tehran’s pursuit of its missing $14 billion, are likely to strain bilateral ties.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 20

Will US-EU trade deal dissolve EU-Turkey customs union?

Turkey is questioning its participation in the EU Customs Union because a free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would open its markets to tariff-free US products while levies on Turkish exports to the United States would remain.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 18

Contaminated water delays Sinai canal

Despite demands to accelerate development and land reclamation projects in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi postpones plans for a crucial canal due to health concerns.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 17

'Ghost' soldiers haunt Iraqi army

Corruption in Iraq has spread to the army, as ghost soldiers share their wages with officials who cover for the latter’s absence from work.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on November 17

Tripoli's poverty hampers development

Tripoli, Lebanon's so-called capital of the north, has suffered from years of economic deprivation, impacting small businesses, living conditions and literacy rates.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on November 16

Iran takes steps to reduce economic risk of falling oil prices

Despite media reports to the contrary, Iran's government has reduced its economic vulnerability to falling oil prices.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 14

New Turkish law deals blow to unions

Turkey's unionized workforce has dropped from 57.5% to 9.6% over the past decade, with Ankara offering weak solutions to the problem, including a hotline where workers can report their bosses.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 14

Turkey's Kurdish client state

Turkey has tremendous financial and security influence over the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, exposing Erbil to economic and political vulnerabilities.
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 Denise Natali for Al-Monitor on November 14

Concern in Jordan: Palestinian emigration from the West Bank

The Saudi Arabian aid can barely support the Jordanian economy, which may deteriorate if emigration from the West Bank is resumed.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on December 1

Israeli anti-fraud shopping company raises $15 million

The Israeli company Forter develops a real-time fraud detection and prevention solution for online merchants by identifying the profile and legitimacy of each buyer.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on November 12

Egypt farmers call for aid, threaten strike

Egyptian farmers are threatening to halt cultivation of certain crops to call attention to the need for state action to support and protect the industry.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 12

Budget failure creates more economic woes for Iraq

Iraq failed to agree on a budget for 2014 and seems set to fail on agreeing to a 2015 budget; economists warned that this would only add to the nation's financial problems.
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 Amina al-Dahabi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on November 11

Outsized ambitions leave Turkey with hefty bill

Turkey is isolated not just by its neighbors but also by nations further afield.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 11

Destruction of olive trees in Turkey triggers protests

A Turkish company cutting down 6,000 olive trees serves as the latest example of disregard for the environment in Turkey.
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 10

Ramallah tech expo highlights Palestinian IT industry

Expotech 2014 is being held in Ramallah, showcasing the Palestinian IT industry, as IT activists urge the Palestinian government to invest more in the sector.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on November 10

Stocks plummet as Turkey names Gulenists top security issue

Following the decision to add the Gulenist "parallel state" to its Red Book of national security priorities, companies with ties to the Gulen movement have suffered huge stock market losses.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 10

Must see TV? Iran shoots film on IS

Iran's movie on the Islamic State, and other recent government-funded film productions, mark a return to the type of war-era films made in the 1980s.
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 Masoud Lavasani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 11

Gaza’s businessmen facing bankruptcy

Israel targeted important economic sectors in the Gaza Strip in the latest war, rendering many businesses bankrupt and business owners unemployed.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 7

The Middle East's electricity woes

Power outages are frequent across the Middle East, with government subsidies promoting patterns of overconsumption.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on November 9

Iran's war on poverty starts with stopping corruption

If Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were to battle poverty as he said he would, he must address the corruption that resulted from efforts to evade sanctions.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 6

Israeli art fair aims to attract new collectors

The Fresh Paint contemporary art fair, which opened this week in Tel Aviv, offers art lovers a chance to acquire Israeli works of art at reasonable prices, while introducing a new generation of up-and-coming young artists.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on November 4

Direct US-Iran banking channel could cement nuclear deal

Experts say the US Federal Reserve is the likeliest partner for Iran because US commercial banks are still wary of ties and the Fed is well equipped to monitor authorized trade.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on November 4

Russia holds firm on Syria

Moscow is clinging tightly to its Syria policy, believing that the regime is the best option for controlling the Islamic State and worrying over the economic situation that will inevitably emerge from the conflicts there.
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 Vitaly Naumkin for Al-Monitor on November 3

Building bridges between Middle East, Silicon Valley

The US State Department's TechWomen initiative is empowering women in the Middle East and syncing with the president's climate change efforts around the world.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on November 4

Is a secret 'oil war' raging?

An OPEC production cut would not be effective unless shale oil producers in North America also cut production, which is unlikely.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on November 2

Is Egyptian TV losing interest in politics?

There is a trend among Egyptian TV channels to avoid political topics. Is it a coincidence?
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on October 31

Islamic banking on the rise

Following the 2008 financial crisis, attention from the West turned toward the Islamic financial system.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on October 30

The Israeli-Saudi date war

Saudi merchants claim that Israel is selling Saudi dates in Europe under an Israeli label, but Israeli growers dismiss the accusations, saying that the products could never be confused.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on November 3

Europeans raise concerns with Hezbollah sanctions bill

European officials are worried about crippling Lebanon's economy even as Beirut's bankers say they're OK with the House-passed Hezbollah sanctions bill
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on October 30

IRGC construction projects continue while private sector lags

Despite hopes that the private sector would prosper under a new administration, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' construction firm Khatam al-Anbia has continued to receive large government projects.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 30

Islamic banking gains ground in Turkey

In a first for Turkey, a state-run bank is poised to enter the Islamic banking sector, and other major state lenders are expected to follow.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 29

Alawites find their voice against Assad

Alawites in Syria are protesting the rise in fuel prices as criticism of the regime and its policies becomes more common and open.
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 A correspondent in Damascus for Al-Monitor on October 29

Egypt's beer industry toasts long history

Despite the Islamic arguments against alcohol, beer has long been a successful industry in majority-Muslim Egypt.
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 Omar Foda for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 3

Arab universities chart new course: research and job training

How Arab universities are training students to fit the region's emerging needs.
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 Al-Monitor Staff for Al-Monitor on November 4

How to finance your education

An inside view on how to finance your college education.
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 Al-Monitor Staff for Al-Monitor on November 5

Why do Greek Cypriots call Turkey the aggressor?

The Greek Cypriots suspended peace talks with Turkish Cypriots and threatened to block Turkey’s EU accession talks after Turkey sent a hydrocarbon survey ship off the Greek Cypriot shore.
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 27

Behind the numbers: Cairo donor conference

The financial commitments announced by donors at the Cairo conference and allocated to the Gaza Strip will not be diverted to the PA and the West Bank, as some media outlets have claimed.
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 Dana Erekat for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 28

Tunisians hope new leaders tackle pollution, development

Tunisians no longer trust their politicians, especially the residents of Gabes who are still suffering from pollution, unemployment and underdevelopment.
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 Yasmine Ryan for Al-Monitor on October 27

Sisi's land cultivation plan ignores worsening water crisis

Egypt has put forward proposals to cultivate 4 million acres of land for growing crops, but questions are being raised about where the water will come from.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 27

Trees in Syria becoming lucrative business

Forests in war-ravaged Syria face double jeopardy as they burn as a result of battles or are being chopped down to be sold or used.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on October 26

Arab countries' energy shortage caused by distribution problems

While rich in oil and gas, some Arab countries face shortages in energy supply, caused by economic and demographic problems.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on October 26

Fearing privatization, Iranian mine workers strike

While President Hassan Rouhani has promised to increase domestic production in Iran, strikes in the country surrounding privatization demonstrate the limits of his promises.
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 Mohammed Pourabdollah for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 26

Turkish navy sails through rough seas

Turkey is using its navy to display its global prowess, after the Sledgehammer trials saw many naval officers detained and forcibly retired.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on October 23

Turkish government ramps up privatization

A Turkish plan to privatize major public properties has come under fire from the opposition and sparked layoff worries among workers.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 23

Iran, Saudi Arabia jockey for power in Yemen

Yemen has become a stage for the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia on religious, economic, political and military levels.
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 Bader al-Rashed for Al-Monitor on October 23

Palestinians mourn celebrated businessman, philanthropist

Prominent Palestinian businessman Said Khoury left behind a philanthropic legacy prompted by his desire that Palestinians everywhere live in dignity.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on October 24

Decoding Iran's economic indicators

Though experts believe the Iranian government and Central Bank are overestimating in reports on Iran’s economic growth, there are some real positive indicators, including progress on inflation.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 22

Oman's uncertain future

The sultan of Oman's health crisis will have implications for the Gulf nation and its unique foreign policy.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on October 21

Gazans at risk as winter looms

Much of Gaza's water, power and sanitation infrastructure was damaged in the recent conflict, and repairs are taking time, which has left Gazans looking for alternatives to get through what could be a long, cold winter.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 21

West Bank, Israeli economy closely linked

Workers and traders move frequently from the West Bank into Israel, and before long, movement between Gaza and Israel may likewise be possible.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on October 21

Turkish Central Bank fails to combat inflation

The governor of Turkey's Central Bank has done well in financial stability, but time is running out for him to control inflation.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 20

Gaza 'geeks' find new future in tech startups

While diplomats pledged billions to Gaza’s reconstruction in Cairo, a Gazan entrepreneur was seeking funds for a tech startup accelerator in the Gaza Strip.
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 Sarah el-Sirgany for Al-Monitor on October 17

Turkey uses defense industry as political instrument

The Turkish government uses the defense industry to build its foreign relationships and to improve domestic standing.
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 A correspondent in Turkey for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 16

Turkey opens first case against oil smuggling with Syria

A court started to hear the first legal case of oil smuggling, revealing the dilemma between national security and the fight against radical Islamists.
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 16

Oil keeps Kuwait's economy strong, for now

The ratings agency Moody’s gave Kuwait a clean bill of health mainly due to its oil; however, the country is still lacking in terms of private sector employment.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on October 16

Donor pledges not enough to rehabilitate Gaza

The Palestinian Authority needs at least $15 billion to properly restore Gaza’s economy, while donors have only pledged $5.4 billion for interim reconstruction.
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 Omar Shaban for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 17

Beirut's archaeological heritage threatened by construction

The new construction sites in Beirut are built without taking into consideration the archaeological heritage of the capital.
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 Florence Massena for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on October 17

As US economy recovers, Turkey's falters

As US economic indicators improve, emerging economies like Turkey's are increasingly concerned over the prospect of US rate hikes.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 17

Kurdish riots overshadow Fitch’s Turkey rating

Deadly protests in Turkey over the siege of Kobani led to a shock at financial markets despite the good news of Fitch affirming the country’s investment grade.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 15

Egypt initiates plan to ensure food security

Egypt plans to cultivate 4 million acres of strategic crops for its large population, but water scarcity and a lack of funds raise doubts about its feasibility.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 16

Corruption plagues Iraqi TV, film industry

The poor production quality of the Iraqi entertainment industry is the direct result of mismanagement made intractable by rampant corruption.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on October 17

Green Morocco Plan focuses on sustainable agriculture

A breakdown of the agricultural situation in Morocco and an overview of the Green Morocco Plan intended to drive the sector.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on October 12

Turkey lowers economic targets

Following a decline in industrial output, Turkey cuts its growth forecast to 3.3% in 2014 and 4% in 2015, while raising the year-end inflation estimate from 5.3% to 9.4%.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 12

Iran restricts organ transplants

With a large number of Iranians dying in need of organ transplants, the government has moved to restrict such procedures to its citizens only, and only in public and teaching hospitals.
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 Mehrnaz Samimi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 10

Egyptian economy slowly improving

The Egyptian economy has been struggling for years because of political strife and other factors; improvements are being seen, but slowly.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on October 10

Palestinian Christian village cancels Oktoberfest

The West Bank Christian village of Taybeh has canceled its annual Oktoberfest this year out of respect for the victims of the Gaza war.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on October 10

Will Kuwaiti diplomat's road rage hurt Turkish economy?

The Kuwaiti ambassador in Ankara is threatening that Kuwait will withdraw investments from Turkey if his military attaché is expelled after a traffic brawl with a Turkish fighter pilot.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 9

Looking behind the Russia-Iran relationship

Despite the common perception of Russia as Iran's main backer outside the region, the two big regional players’ relations are shaped by long-term interests that can clash with immediate concerns and may complicate the battle against the Islamic State.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on October 9

Sacred citrons mean big business for Israeli farmers

The mystical citron fruit, used by Jews during the Feast of the Tabernacles, continues to captivate the imaginations of those who cultivate it and of Jews around the world seeking "the most beautiful citron."
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on October 8

Syrian price spikes: Aleppo gas increases by 140%

Strikes by the US-led coalition on the Islamic State have targeted oil wells and refineries, causing prices of basic commodities in Syria to skyrocket.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on October 8

Rawabi's water woes may be solved

After a long dispute, Israel has agreed to connect the new West Bank Palestinian city of Rawabi to the water supply system, opening a window of hope for those who bought apartments there.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on October 8

Questions arise over Egypt's proposed Nile shipping lane

Egyptian experts say a project to add a navigation lane to the Nile River, linking Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea, is almost impossible to achieve.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 8

Gaza civil servants' salaries remain unpaid

The Palestinian national reconciliation government is suffering from a deficit that poses a challenge to the payment of the salaries of Gaza's government workers.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 8

Egypt aims to produce 20% of power from renewables by 2020

Egypt has conducted feasibility studies for the construction of solar power plants that could not only help cover its energy needs, but become an exportable commodity.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 9

Turkish home sales to foreigners on the rise

Foreigners bought 1,774 homes in Turkey in August, a twofold increase from the same period last year, with Britons, Russians and Germans topping the list of buyers.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 8

Turkey hits jackpot by privatizing gambling

Turkey’s government has decided to privatize all games of chance, driven both by religious motives and financial woes.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 7

Lapid could end up paying for the price of pudding

The public outcry over the price of chocolate pudding snacks should signal to Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that socioeconomic issues will dominate the agenda of the next elections.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on October 7

Erdogan pushes religion in fight against drugs

As a solution to a growing drug epidemic in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is advocating compulsory religious education to improve moral values.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on October 6

Israeli war destroys Gaza antiquities

Owners of private museums that housed thousands of antiquities continue to survey the damage and looting committed by Israeli forces in the latest conflict.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 3

Route to Mecca shortened for Arab Israelis

Arab-Israeli pilgrims can now fly from Israel via Jordan to Mecca, without a long and expensive stopover in Amman.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on October 3

Turkish markets undergo two-month slump

A series of domestic and external risks, coupled with the global surge of the dollar, spur an alarming downturn in the Turkish economy.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 2

Rich kids of Tehran

A new Instagram account documenting the lives of Iran's young elite reveals the extreme wealth of the newly rich.
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 Holly Dagres for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 2

Banks remain fearful of US-approved transfers to Iran

An Iranian-American doctor tells Al-Monitor that his charity’s efforts to send money to Iran for an orphanage led to his US bank account being closed.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on October 2

Competition heats up for Gaza reconstruction contracts

A lack of transparency in the bidding stage is clouding Gaza reconstruction ahead of the donor conference in Cairo.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 30

Iran's UN demand emerges as hitch in nuclear talks

Iran's demand for quick lifting of UN Security Council resolutions emerges as another thorny issue of dispute in nuclear negotiations underway with world powers.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on September 29

Lapid's budget a betrayal of social justice

The 2015 Israeli budget achieves two of Finance Minister Yair Lapid's goals, but reflects the political interests of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rather than making a commitment to social justice.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on September 29

Sudanese economy worsens

As the Sudanese economy slumps further, the only way out is for political forces in the country to unite and cooperate.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on September 28

Israel takes advantage of Arab delay over gas

As Israel reaps the benefits of natural gas available in the region, Arab countries lag behind in discoveries and agreements.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on September 28

Iran's webs of corruption prevalent, but hidden

Corruption under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proven too systematic and complex to undo without major reforms.
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Arron Reza Merat for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 30

Fighting robs Iraqi farmers of harvest

The Islamic State attacks and defensive military operations have affected the agricultural sector in Iraq's Salahuddin province, where wheat production had been expected to reach 4.5 million tons this year.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on September 26

Turkey threatens credit rating agencies

Turkey’s top leaders have threatened to cancel the contracts of credit rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s as financial markets get nervous at the prospect of Turkey being downgraded.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 25

Does Middle East really need nuclear power?

Although five Middle Eastern states are in the planning stages for the construction of nuclear power reactors, their economic benefit is unproven, while solar technologies are more appropriate and as competitive.
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Ali Ahmad Iran Pulse on September 25

Gaza hospital cleaners strike

Hospital cleaners in Gaza are on strike over unpaid wages from the consensus government, one of many problems in Gaza since the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 24

After nuclear negotiations, what’s next for Iran’s economy?

A nuclear deal with the West would mean a huge boost to sanctions-hobbled Iran, especially its petrochemical sector.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 23

What will Turkey do if Russia turns off gas?

The risk of Russia cutting gas supplies to Europe amid the Ukraine crisis has exposed Turkey’s energy vulnerability, with Istanbul, its most populous city and main industrial hub, dependent on Russian gas.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 23

Tunisia’s borders open ground for smuggling

A lack of border control by Tunisian authorities has resulted in a boom in black market operations along its borders, posing a potential security threat to the country.
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 Mat Nashed for Al-Monitor on September 22

Will Tunisia ever become a 'Mediterranean tiger'?

According to a report by the World Bank, Tunisia's economy has not effectively addressed the issues that plagued it before the 2011 revolution.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on September 22

The truth about Turkey and Islamic State oil

While oil sales by the Islamic State across the Turkish border are a real problem, the Turkish government does not condone it.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on September 22

Support grows for Gaza's boycott of Israeli goods

The recent Gaza war has seen a boost in support for a local boycott of Israeli goods, but short of alternatives, it is hard to envision how such a boycott campaign will work.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on September 19

Israelis wary of biometric ID cards

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, there has been a sharp drop in the percentage of Israelis who have chosen to apply for biometric ID cards: “The citizens of Israel are familiar with the database and knowingly opt out.”
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on September 19

Erdogan’s war against New York

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares war on credit-rating agencies and The New York Times.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on September 18

The gentrification of Tel Aviv

In 1948, several hundred families were sent to settle a piece of land on the northern outskirts of Tel Aviv, but today the land is valued at billions of shekels and the residents battle a real-estate tycoon over eviction.
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 Daniel Ben Simon for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on September 18

Smugglers threw asylum seekers into Mediterranean

One of the few survivors of the ship that was deliberately sunk off Malta by smugglers, drowning up to 500 people, recounts her story.
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 Tom Rollins for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 18

Gaza farmers want guarantees Israel won’t destroy their lands

Farmers in Gaza are fed up with replanting their battered lands only for Israel to destroy them, and want negotiators in Egypt to guarantee their security.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 18

Turkey’s economic growth fizzles

Turkey’s economic growth slowed to 2.1% in the second quarter, well below expectations, forcing the government to review its year-end target of 4%.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 17

With $550M in agricultural losses, Gazans going hungry

Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s agricultural sector has resulted in a drop in food supplied to local markets, inflating prices that are out of reach for the impoverished population.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 17

IRGC announces improved economic relations with Rouhani

The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that despite initial doubts, relations between the organization and the administration of President Hassan Rouhani have improved.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on September 17

Rawabi still controversial among Palestinians

Rawabi, the new Palestinian city under construction in the West Bank, has faced criticism from Palestinians, ranging from the involvement of Israeli companies to its design, which largely mimics an Israeli settlement.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 17

Israel's IT industry faces worker shortage

The Israeli IT industry is suffering from a shortage of employees and companies must think outside of the box, change their attitudes and open up to recruiting Arab applicants.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on September 16

A new era for Israeli beer

Israel’s recent beer festival proved that despite the high alcohol tax nd steep price, Israel’s boutique beer market is developing, offering dozens of selections from microbreweries all over the country.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on September 15

Turkish villages smuggle IS oil through makeshift pipelines

In the village of Hacipasa, almost every house is connected to an illegal oil pipeline smuggling IS oil into Turkey.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on September 15

Do oil, religion hinder Arab revival?

Sectarian diversity and a lack of economic development are two of the central factors in understanding Arab countries in the post-Arab Spring era.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on September 15

The future of shale gas in Algeria

Algeria is moving forward with shale gas exploitation on its lands, despite the negative repercussions on groundwater.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on September 14

Anonymous Twitter account rocks Turkish money market

After Fuat Avni, a pseudonymous Twitter account, said the government would take over Turkey's largest Islamic lender, the dollar-to-lira exchange rate jumped to nearly 2.20.
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 12

Tunisia Economic City aims to boost economy

The project of Tunisia Economic City constitutes a major achievement that will attract foreign investors, in the hope of bolstering the economy.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on September 11

Gaza fishermen say Israel not honoring cease-fire terms

The cease-fire to end the Gaza war included a provision to extend Gaza’s fishing zone, but local fishermen say Israel has yet to implement the new arrangement.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on September 11

Jews suffer from Israeli policy, regardless of political affiliation

Jews abroad, regardless of their stance toward Israel, are made to bear responsibility for its policies, as some protesters do not differentiate anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel's occupation policy, nor do some right-wing Israeli politicians.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 11

Drought triggers protests in Iran

Climate change, drought and decades of mismanagement have led to serious water shortages in Iran, leading to protests in a number of cities.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on September 10

Turkish workers face perilous conditions

Turkey's workplace is the most dangerous in Europe, and critics blame the Justice and Development Party's brand of crony capitalism.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on September 9

Lebanese Central Bank pushes start-up investments

Lebanon's Central Bank is encouraging commercial banks to invest in small business start-ups to spur economic growth — but with limited success so far.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on September 9

Modern-day 'cultural Sinbad' spreads literature across Iraq

Star Mohsen Ali is unique in his travels across Iraq's provinces to sell and promote books to a generation increasingly thirsty for literature.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on September 9

Egypt faces power cuts, potential drought

Egypt discharges extra water from the Nile to help its power shortages, yet this policy might lead to a drought if it's not properly executed.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 9

Turkey overflowing with $36 billion in mystery funds

Inflowing money from unknown sources during Turkey's 12 years of AKP rule totals $36 billion.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 10

Public sector reform in Kuwait key to economic development

Strengthening Kuwait’s private sector is necessary to grow the economy and move away from the country's traditional dependence on public institutions.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on September 8

KSA ministries pursue 'Saudi-ization' of economy

The ministries are looking to decrease the ratio of foreign to Saudi workers and encourage Saudi employment.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on September 7

Tunisia’s economy threatened as Libya unravels

The security deterioration in Libya may directly harm the economic recovery in Tunisia.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on September 7

Islamic banking draws new interest from West

Islamic banking could provide an alternate financial model to market systems negatively impacted by the 2008 financial crisis.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on September 7

Arab Israeli city fights gun violence

After a school principal was murdered in the classroom, the town of Tayibe was backing police efforts to get rid of guns, lessen violence between clans and make schools safe for children.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on September 5

Little transparency in Morocco's receipt of foreign aid

Economist Najib Akesbi talked to Tel Quel about the financial aid Morocco has received from Arab and Western countries, stressing the need to distinguish between donations and loans.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on September 4

Israeli company uncovers international cyber spy network

According to Israel-based CYBERTINEL, a spy network had been hitting targets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for over a decade.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on September 4

Turkey's EU accession remains in limbo

While Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has raised questions with talk of building a "New Turkey" through an unclear "restoration" process, he has also sent out signals that he is serious about the EU accession process.
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 3

Iran’s energy resources to pose challenges for Russia

Despite Russia’s long diplomatic support for the country, Iran may ultimately present more challenges than opportunities for Moscow as it enters the world energy market.
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 Paul J. Saunders for Al-Monitor on September 3

SMS-spamming by companies sparks vigilante texting in Israel

Israeli companies have been spamming their consumers with text messages, recalling a tactic Hamas used during the Gaza war.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on September 2

Turkey's exports jump to IS-controlled areas of Syria

According to data provided by the Exporters Assembly of Turkey, exports to Syria have increased 57% over the last year.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on September 2

Market pressure keeps Babacan in new Turkish Cabinet

Turkey’s much-respected economy chief, Ali Babacan, retains his post in Turkey’s new Cabinet despite in-house tensions, in a sign that the ruling party cannot afford unnerving international investors.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on August 31

Morocco enacts reforms but obstacles remain

Morocco's economy is improving, but there is still room for improvement.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 31

Inefficient subsidies harming Egyptian economy

Egyptian government subsidies are wasteful and often have an adverse impact on the poor.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on August 31

Good news from Davutoglu: a rational economy

Is the new AKP government abandoning anti-Western and anti-liberal economic tendencies?
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on August 29

Israel-Palestine-Jordan economic federation can advance peace

An economic federation between Israel, Palestine and Jordan might facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian state by institutionalizing links between the Palestinians and Jordan and reducing Israeli fears concerning the Jordan Valley.
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 Uri Savir for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on August 31

Chalabi predicts Iraqi oil could net IS up to $150 million in 2014

The Islamic State is expected to reap between $100-150 million from smuggling Iraqi and Syrian oil to several countries, including Turkey.
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Translated from Al-Zaman (Iraq) on August 29

Ethiopia excludes three dams from Khartoum talks with Egypt

A series of important files related to three planned dams were excluded from the meeting, as well as some files related to the Renaissance Dam.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 29

Iraq and Libya spark oil production fears

Reduced oil production in Iraq and Libya pose serious threats to the world economy.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 28

Looking to Europe, Turkey increases investment in Azeri gas

Turkey paid the French company $1.45 billion to increase its share in gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz-2 gas field from 9% to 19%.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 28

Iran counts $22 billion in forex abuses under Ahmadinejad

An Iranian official has claimed that companies made millions taking advantage of Iran's subsidized exchange rate in the final years of the Ahmadinejad administration.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on August 27

IS advance threatens foreign investment in Kurdistan

Arab and foreign investments in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are at risk following the nearby advance of the Islamic State.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 27

Turkish border smuggling thrives under IS

While Turkey’s official exports to Iraq and Syria declined due to the Islamic State, trade with regions under the organization's control is growing.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on August 27

New Iran-Contra book shows how US-Iran ties were scuttled

Malcolm Byrne, deputy director of the National Security Archive, presents new details about how US officials convinced themselves they were aiding “moderates” who planned to overthrow the Iranian government but who could also engineer the release of US hostages in Lebanon.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on August 26

Questions remain on Egypt’s Suez Canal project

The cost of Egypt’s ambitious project to build a parallel canal at the Suez Canal is expected to skyrocket, raising questions about the immediate financial return to the Egyptian economy.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 26

Russian bonanza or ‘Russian roulette’ for Turkey?

With Turkey’s agricultural output already hit by drought, a deal to increase agricultural exports to Russia threatens to fuel the country’s unruly inflation.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 25

Will Rouhani’s Iran economic stimulus package work?

The Rouhani administration's stimulus and economic reform plan to avoid stagflation, while a step in the right direction, needs improvement.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 25

Approving a hydrocarbon law is key to Iraq's future

Without an established oil law, Iraq's oil economy will not be able to withstand current and future crises.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 24

Lebanon faces serious drought

Lebanon's parliament has labeled the country's water crisis a "natural disaster," but it's also the result of man-made phenomena.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 24

Sales of Israeli goods in West Bank down 50% due to boycott

Palestinian businesses are seeing a spike in activity as locals are increasingly searching for Palestinian alternatives to Israeli products.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 21

Iranian airplane crashes expose weaknesses in 'self-sufficiency'

Blaming Western sanctions for Iran's airplane crashes is no longer enough, say critics who cite to the dismal safety record of Iran-built planes.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 21

Lebanese banks concerned over Hezbollah sanctions bill

Lebanese banks are worried that a US bill aiming to increase sanctions on Hezbollah will weaken confidence in the banking sector.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on August 20

Turkey, Iran seek to boost trade as mistrust lingers

Turkey and Iran have activated an accord to reduce tariffs and increase bilateral trade to $35 billion in 2015, but mistrust lingers between the two neighbors, with Turkey seeking international arbitration over the price of Iranian natural gas.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 20

Tensions rise between Sisi and business sector

The relationship between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt's business community might be undergoing tensions after Sisi declared that businesspeople should donate funds to the state to support the country's economy.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 20

Lapid tries to become a statesman

The Gaza war tampered with Finance Minister Yair Lapid's plan to pass a bill on housing prices, but did not delay his initiative for a regional conference.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on August 19

Israel fights back on calls for boycott

Israeli authorities have decided to take action against calls around the world to boycott Israeli products: “The boycotters are bound to pay the price – in both the public and political arenas.”
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Translated from calcalist on August 19

Turkey’s only Greek-language newspaper faces closure

Turkey's only Greek-language newspaper is threatened with closure due to declining revenue following the financial crisis in Greece.
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 Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 18

Iraqi prime minister’s task not an easy one

Amid the security, political and social unrest, the tasks of Iraq’s prime minister-designate, Haider al-Abadi, will be hindered if the people do not unite.
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 Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on August 18

Egyptians tolerating cuts in subsidies — for now

The government mobilized its police forces to prevent any massive protest against its reduction in fuel subsidies; road infrastructure improvements also helped soften the blow of increased prices for consumers.
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 Mohannad Sabry for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 18

Iran’s oil minister accuses former officials of $2.7 billion oil fraud

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has claimed that former ministers under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration cooperated with billionaire Babak Zanjani to steal $2.7 billion in government money.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on August 14

Russia, Egypt draw closer

After President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's visit to Russia, Russian and Egyptian trade and security cooperation are stronger than ever.
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 Vitaly Naumkin for Al-Monitor on August 13

Will Turkey face another credit rating downgrade?

Fitch Ratings has warned of high risks in Turkey, sparking concern that the agency, the first to raise Turkey to investment grade back in 2012, may now be the first to downgrade the country.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 13

Austerity measures won't save Egyptian economy

Although Egyptian officials contend that recent austerity measures are designed to protect the poor in the long term, the immediate burden will fall on low-income households.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 13

Power outages add to Aleppo’s suffering

The electricity network in Aleppo has been severely damaged by the war, with power outages of more than a year in some neighborhoods.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on August 12

Why the Middle East fell behind Eastern Europe

Since 1989, many Eastern European countries have developed a Western-style free-market economy and seen great results — can the Middle East do the same?
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 11

Turkey’s exports decrease amid regional tension

Turkey has suffered unexpected declines in its exports to Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine and Russia, though Turkish exports to Russia may have more potential following its recent foodstuff import boycott of the United States and European Union.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 10

Liberman calls for economic boycott of Israel's Arabs

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's call for a boycott of the businesses of Arabs who identified with Gaza residents has added fuel to the fire that threatens the delicate relationship between Israel's Arabs and Jews.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on August 11

Will US court’s Argentina verdict impact Turkey?

Argentina's recently declared bankruptcy may set a risky precedent for high-debt countries like Turkey.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 6

Israel fears Gaza tunnels 'child's game' compared to Hezbollah's

With Iranian funding, Hezbollah has upgraded its tunnels along Israel’s northern border, where, according to experts, they might reach as far as Israeli territory.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on August 4

Turkish stock market gains 40% in six months

The Istanbul stock exchange has been the most profitable investment instrument in Turkey since the beginning of the year, followed by Turkish lira deposits and bonds.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 4

Jordan turns to wind power in search of renewable energy

With its increasing energy consumption, Jordan has launched wind power projects in a bid to lessen dependency on imports.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 5

Countries should invest in poor, cut subsidies

As almost half of the world's energy subsidies are found in the Middle East, a recent IMF campaign advocates lowering subsidies to prevent increased energy consumption.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on August 3

Turkey's tourism renaissance

The number of tourists visiting Turkey has risen from 1.6 million to 39.2 million in three decades, placing it sixth among the world’s most popular destinations.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 31

Gaza keeps Israelis glued to the television

The war with Gaza has changed Israelis into a people who follow the combat and TV news nonstop, while spending sleepless nights of anguish and days of low economic productivity.
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 Daniel Ben Simon for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 31

Israel’s public agenda shifts back to security

Israeli citizens are experiencing their first real security threat since the social protests of 2011, threatening to turn the national priorities from socioeconomics and social justice back to security.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 28

Egypt decides to cut subsidies

Egypt embarks on a painful process of adjusting to lowered bread subsidies and the end of subsidies on natural gas.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 27

Foreign investments slip as Lebanon remains in crisis

In addition to stability and electing a president, a series of reforms is necessary to stop the regression of Lebanon’s economy.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on July 25

Iran dominates Iraqi market after occupation of Mosul

Doors closed to the markets of Turkey and Syria after militants took the town of Mosul, leading to a jump in prices for consumers, but a surge in imported Iranian goods could plug the gaps.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 24

Independent Kurdistan far from done deal

Any future independent Kurdish state will rely heavily on oil, but today, Iraq's Kurdistan Region finds itself and its oil in a delicate balancing act between regional allies.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 24

Islamic State urges Turkish businessmen to return to Iraq

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Turkey's economy minister says that in addition to IS prompting Turkish businessmen to return to Iraq, trade with Israel remains unaffected despite the current crisis, and 2015 will see an increase in exports and decrease in deficit.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 28

Turkey's rapid museum expansion

Turkey's tourism sector is being galvanized by a museum boom as the government invests in promoting its Ottoman heritage.
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 Riada Ašimović Akyol for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 24

A guide to Iranian online dating

Young Iranians are turning to chat rooms — many deemed illegal by the Iranian government — to find dates or even potential spouses.
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 Mehrnaz Samimi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 23

Moroccan government misses growth targets as opposition grows

Poor growth, a rising unemployment rate and discontent from poor and middle-class voters pile on the pressure for Abdelilah Benkirane's Cabinet.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 23

Wheat subsidies in Jordan may be too little too late

The Jordanian government is trying to encourage domestic production after purchasing 97% of its wheat on the international market last year.
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José Ciro Martínez for Al-Monitor on July 22

Will foreign investment in Turkey return to pre-crisis levels?

Foreign direct investment is rising in Turkey and expected to reach $16 billion by the end of the year and eventually the pre-2008 crisis level of $20 billion.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 21

Iraqi oil sector faces prospect of independent Kurdistan

With Islamic militants around Mosul, sectarian tensions elsewhere and the threat of an independent Kurdistan region undermining investment and development of Iraq’s oil sector, the country’s main economic driver is under threat.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 21

Saudi Arabia denies visas to Egyptian pilgrims

As Saudi authorities denied Umrah visas to more than 50,000 Egyptians, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism says the crisis with Saudi Arabia is being solved.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 21

Reserves crisis jeopardizes Libya's future

Despite Libya's wealth, its currency reserves are slowly diminishing as oil production struggles to reach pre-conflict levels.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 20

Knock-off products a health threat in Iraqi Kurdistan

Products from Turkey, Iran and China account for 90% of Kurdistan imports.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 20

Kurdistan Region challenges Baghdad with oil exports

The author sheds light on the status of KRG oil contracts, reserves, potential future developments and the difficulties in marketing its oil.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 20

Tehran mayor says gender segregation a question of dignity

The mayor of Tehran has defended plans to segregate city employees by gender, dismissing criticism in the foreign media with, “Let the BBC talk.”
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on July 18

Israel's tourism industry declines while tech sector surges

While hotels, factories and small businesses in Israel are suffering in the current round of fighting, the Israeli "startup nation" is still flourishing.
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 Idan Grinbaum for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 17

Turkey makes strides on deficit reduction

Turkey’s current account deficit, a long-standing economic hardship, has dropped to $52.5 billion, already beating the government's year-end target.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 17

Yemen's security void leaves resources untouched

Amat al-Alim Alsoswa, the director of the Executive Bureau for the Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Implementation of the Mutual Accountability Framework, talks about the reforms Yemen needs to overcome political and economic instability.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 17

Egypt hasn't ruled out importing gas from Israel

The Egyptian government says it has not received official requests to import gas from Israeli companies, but has received expressions of intent from various foreign companies operating in the country.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 16

Record fundraising heats up Israel's high-tech sector

In the first half of 2014, 175 Israeli high-tech companies raised a total of $1.6 billion, including $930 million in the last quarter alone.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on July 16

Israeli digital ad company acquired by global giant

The US digital advertising company Undertone plans to leverage the acquisition — a deal worth $10 million to $20 million — to set up a local hub.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on July 15

With Iraqi roads blocked, demand for flights from Baghdad soars

The continued instability in Iraq is forcing residents to flee. With land borders blocked by fighting, people are forced to wait more than a month for plane tickets.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 15

Iraq's instability trouble for Lebanese investors

Foreign investments in Iraq are at a standstill amid recent crises, with Lebanon's $3 billion worth of investments in the country set to decline if a political solution is not reached.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on July 16

Iran sanctions cost US economy billions, report says

The US debate over Iran’s nuclear program omits discussion of the possible cost of sanctions to the economies of the United States and its allies, according to a new study commissioned by an Iranian American organization.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on July 15

Erdogan ignores market in crusade against interest rates

The Turkish prime minister and the minister of economy are pushing to dramatically cut interest rates, though Turkey's Central Bank has expressed reservations.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 15

Growing up Arab in Israel

According to recent data, only 15.5% of the undergraduate students from the Arab community get through the first academic year in Israel and continue their second-year studies.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on July 14

Libya will exhaust monetary reserves in 5 years

More than three years after the outbreak of the Libyan revolution, instability remains, leading to a severe drain on monetary reserves.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 13

Jordan's Brotherhood bets on economic plan to improve its image

The Islamic Action Front has begun an economic plan for Jordan, potentially heralding a shift in strategy away from political reforms and more on public policy.
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José Ciro Martínez for Al-Monitor on July 13

American company buys Israel's Neebula Systems for $100 M

An Israeli company specializing in cloud-based computing solutions has been acquired by a US company to serve as the company's research and development hub in Israel.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on July 10

Israel levels Gaza farms in search of tunnels

Israeli airstrikes on seemingly empty tracts are often agricultural lands vital to Gaza’s food production.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 10

How EU would lift Iran sanctions after nuclear deal

If a nuclear deal is reached between Iran and the P5+1, the EU will take a series of established steps to lift its autonomous sanctions currently in place against Iran.
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 Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 9

Aleppans set up money transfer offices within the city

The division of Aleppo has separated families and made transferring money from east to west near impossible, prompting locals to take matters into their own hands.
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 Mohammed al-Khatieb for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on July 9

Lebanon: The summer when everything went wrong

Political, constitutional, livelihood and weather problems are happening simultaneously in Lebanon.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on July 9

Gaza hospitals ill-equipped for Israeli onslaught

Gaza’s hospitals are lacking essential medicines to deal with the anticipated spike in casualties from Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 9

Syrian refugees aggravate Turkey’s unemployment problem

Syrian refugees working illegally at low wages are exacerbating already severe unemployment in Turkey.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 9

Trade, security concerns bring Turkey, Israel closer

Turkish-Israeli relations are still far from normalized, but developments in the region are converging the two countries' security and economic interests.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on July 8

Shahrestani: Southern oil exports not impacted by crisis

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Hussein Shahrestani, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy affairs, says that solving the Iraqi political crisis is hindered by a lack of a unified Sunni leadership, combating the terrorist threat is a priority and Iraqi oil fields and international exports are no cause for worry.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on July 8

Gas consumption to exceed Mideast production by 2019

According to a study by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the demand for natural gas will exceed its production in the Middle East by 2019.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 8

Egypt cautiously optimistic on coming Renaissance Dam talks

With tripartite talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan concerning the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam scheduled for later in July, Cairo is hopeful that some of the dam’s technical specifications will be modified.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 8

Turkish truckers try to get on the road again

With the dangers and difficulties now inherent in transiting in Iraq and Syria, the Turkish transportation sector is looking for alternative routes to Middle Eastern markets.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on July 7

Egypt’s poor bear the brunt of Sisi’s austerity plan

A reduction in state subsidies has caused fuel, bread and other prices to rise dramatically in Egypt, stoking anger from consumers, taxi drivers and shop owners.
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 Mohannad Sabry for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 6

Turkey assesses losses from Iraqi market

Turkish officials, politicians and traders are trying to calculate Turkey's losses in the Iraqi market after the ISIS takeover of Mosul and other Iraqi cities.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 3

Turkey's mysterious fires spark investigation

Turkey is investigating whether arson is the cause of fires along Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
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 Thomas Seibert for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 8

Israel would welcome Kurdish state

In light of the ongoing chaos in Iraq, Israel welcomes an independent Kurdish state, while the United States and Turkey would prefer to wait.
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Translated from Radikal (Turkey) on July 2

Former Mosul mayor says corruption led to ISIS takeover

Mosul Mayor Atheel al-Nujaifi said the Iraqi government was warned in the past of intelligence officers facilitating the arrival of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the city.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 2

Turks come to Israel in record numbers

The strengthening of business ties between the two countries results in an increase in Turkish citizens arriving in Israel, Israeli officials say.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 1

Iran-Iraq trade reached $12 billion in 2013

Iran and Iraq have enjoyed one of the most stable trade relations in the region, with 2013 numbers expected to double in the coming few years.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 1

Ahmadinejad’s legal case still open, says Iran judiciary

The Iranian judiciary’s spokesman has said that various charges are still being investigated against former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other officials in the banking and oil sectors.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on July 1

Kurds unlikely to announce independent state soon

Although the advance of ISIS in Iraq has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Kirkuk and weakened Baghdad's role in some disputed areas, it appears that the Kurds will not announce an independent state very soon.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on June 30

Rouhani underlines need for greater judicial transparency

Iran's president wages an uphill battle against an anti-capitalist ideology that dominated the postrevolutionary era in Iran.
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Kourosh Avaei for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 29

Jordan manages high debt burden

Jordan has been able to maintain economic security in light of a high public debt due in part to foreign assistance from friendly states and international institutions.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 29

Tunisia should look to sub-Saharan Africa to expand growth

In light of the economic and technological boom in many sub-Saharan African countries, Tunisia should expand its trade with this region to achieve growth.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on June 29

Turkey's bonzai drug epidemic

Despite harsh legislation and intense police work, synthetic drug abuse is on the rise among low-income Turkish youths, including in conservative neighborhoods.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on June 27

US-Turkish citizens hit with sticker shock over new tax law

Turks with US citizenship making profits from the stock market and interest in Turkey are now liable for taxes going back six years.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 27

House gives Lebanon a pass in Hezbollah sanctions bill

The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed new sanctions on Hezbollah after removing some provisions that might have been harmful to Lebanon's economy.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on June 26

Arab countries suffer from neglect of agriculture sector

The agriculture sector in Arab countries has been neglected for some time now for various reasons, including water management.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 26

Economic reforms urgently needed in Mauritania

As President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz wins elections for a second term, Mauritania is in need of urgent reforms to revitalize the economy and improve the efficiency of government agencies.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 26

Aleppo's water crisis adds to local suffering

Rebel attempts to cut the water supply to regime-held areas have backfired, disrupting drinking water supplies to the entire city.
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Edward Dark for Al-Monitor on June 26

Israel's Generation Y 'brainwashed' by social networks

Founders of an Internet site dedicated to Israelis in their 20s say that today's young people are reluctant to grow up, concentrating on self-fulfillment rather than on responsibility.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 25

Palestinian exports to Israel on the rise

With 81% of Palestinian exports channeled to Israel, West Bank manufacturers are doing everything they can to increase their share of this market.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on June 24

Yemen’s unemployed turn to the black market

Given Yemen’s status as the poorest country in the Gulf region and the one with the highest unemployment rate, the country’s youth are drawn into the black market trade.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 24

Iraq crisis so far costs Turkey $8.5 billion

A recent report issued by the Turkish Republican People's Party argues that the recent crisis will cost the Turkish government $8.5 billion because of an increase in oil prices and restrictions on trade in the region.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on June 24

Gaza's unemployed graduates: between Google and falafel

With the unemployment rate steadily on the rise in the Gaza Strip, many college graduates are taking and creating jobs outside their specialty.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on June 24

Real estate sales boom as Turkey opens to foreign buyers

Following measures making it easier for foreigners to acquire property in Turkey, sales have skyrocketed. Foreigners’ locations of choice include Istanbul as well as the Turkish coast, especially Antalya.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 24

Iraqi government plans to boost oil production

ISIS militants taking control of some Iraqi cities has dealt a severe blow to the economy, and the government is seeking to boost oil production to compensate.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 19

Iran's investors alarmed by stock market decline

Iran’s capital markets are in need of structural reform.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 18

Iraq crisis hits Turkish economy

Iraq is Turkey's second leading export market, but trade routes to Baghdad and farther south are currently blocked because of ISIS's capture of Iraqi territory.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 18

Libya’s 'friends' desert failed state

Three years after Libya’s liberation, the country barely exists.
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 Mustafa Fetouri for Al-Monitor on June 17

Israeli fashion design on the international catwalk

Young Israeli fashion designers Sasha Nassar, Dana Muskat and others are following in the footsteps of Alon Livne on their way to the international fashion arena.
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 Rina Bassist for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 20

Arab startups connect with Silicon Valley

Some of the Middle East's fastest growing companies visited the United States in search of advice and inspiration.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on June 16

East Jerusalem's cheap housing in 'no man's land'

A new apartment in the Ras Khamis neighborhood of East Jerusalem costs just under $29,000, but a brief tour of the neighborhood indicates that lack of services is at the root of the low prices.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on June 16

Financial sector spurs Turkish economic growth

Europe’s rising demand for Turkish exports is considered a positive sign for Turkey's economic forecast.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 16

Lebanon’s World Cup 'crisis'

A dispute over broadcasting rights has led the Lebanese to temporarily ignore political crises and focus on ways to watch World Cup games.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on June 15

Acclaimed bacteria expert comes back to Israel

Israeli academia welcomes back acclaimed Professor Roy Kishony, who knows how bacteria think, can predict their mutations and how they are going to beat antibiotics.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on June 15

Iran's underage smoking crisis

Iran's latest smoking statistics show the age of beginner smokers dropping to 13, and government institutions have few answers to this problem.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 16

Israel's first social hotel soon to open its doors

The first social hotel in Israel is being built in the southern development town of Yeruham, and it promises to return its profits to the community — especially for education.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on June 13

Will Turkey and Iran find common ground in Iraq?

Developments in Iraq, coming soon after a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Turkey, might be forcing a change in Turkey's approach to jihadist groups.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on June 13

Opposition MP says ISIS is selling oil in Turkey

A lawmaker from Turkey’s Hatay province claims ISIS has been selling smuggled Syrian oil in Turkey worth $800 million.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on June 13

ISIS attacks deal blow to Turkish economy

The recent attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq have led to an increase in oil prices, threatening to severely harm Turkey’s economy.
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Translated from Taraf (Turkey) on June 13

Israel's settlement tourism

Following a vast campaign designed to rebrand the West Bank settlements as tourist attractions with guided tours to biblical sites, and to open it up to the Israeli mainstream, the region has become popular with tourists from Israel and overseas.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 13

Israeli 'ECO' company wins startup competition

The Israeli company ECOncrete has just won a startup competition organized by the alumni of the Israel Defense Forces' cyber elite Unit 8200.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on June 12

Deficit overpowers Lebanon's draft budget

Amid political and security crises in Lebanon, the issuance of the 2014 draft budget by the Ministry of Finance was a positive sign, but many questions remain about how major economic problems will be addressed.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on June 12

Foreign investors spark Turkish stock rally

Defying expectations, foreign investors buy $705.59 million in Turkish shares in May.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 12

Turkey's Greens protest Erdogan's airport plans

The world's biggest airport is planned for Istanbul and will come at an ecological cost.
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 Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 13

Russia, Qatar compete in natural gas market

Russia and Qatar differ on Syria but are considering means of mitigating their natural gas rivalry in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.
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 Paul J. Saunders for Al-Monitor on June 11

The economic roots of Syria's revolution

The outbreak of armed violence in Syria in 2011 can be seen in a broader political and economic context.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on June 11

UK wishes to expand partnership with Tunisia

The British ambassador to Tunisia, Hamish Cowell, said that he wishes to expand British-Tunisian ties to help address the latter’s pressing issues.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 10

Turkey is new hub for 'conference tourism'

Turkey is becoming a prime location for holding international conferences, providing a strong boost to the country's economy.
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Translated from Milliyet (Turkey) on June 10

Six keys to economic reform in Iran

Iran meeting its target of 8% economic growth depends on how it handles six challenges that so far have hindered Iran’s economic development.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 9

New rent law threatens to change Beirut demographics

Lebanon’s newly passed rent law, which will phase out rent contracts whose prices have been locked in place for decades, could force many poor residents to leave Beirut.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 9

Refugees help spark Turkish trade with Syria

Despite the war, Turkish-Syrian trade is growing in several sectors, fueled in part by the influx of Syrian refugees.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 10

Morocco seeks to boost Africa relations, investments

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has been keen to develop economic ties with many African states, with Morocco coming in second in terms of the percentage of foreign investments located in the continent.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 8

How Turkey lost its influence in Iraq

Ankara's tilt toward the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has undermined its once considerable influence in Iraq.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on June 6

Will Sisi move beyond 'cold peace' with Israel?

The pending gas deal between Israel and Egypt might be an economic necessity for President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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 Daniel Nisman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 6

Turkish inflation at its 'worst' before expected slowdown

Turkey’s inflation shot up to a two-year high in May, but a slowdown is expected to begin in June.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 6

Economy should be a priority for Sisi

Egypt's economy has been deteriorating for years, which is why the new government must find adequate solutions to improve the situation as soon as possible.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 5

Kurdish oil ship in search of a port

Amid a dispute over exporting oil between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the latter has shipped its first cargo of independently exported oil, but may have trouble finding a buyer amid threats from Baghdad.
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Translated from Milliyet (Turkey) on June 5

Lebanon's debt grows with political stalemate

A report by Merrill Lynch has downgraded Lebanon's financial standing because of its external debt and political paralysis.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on June 5

Morocco seeks to boost oil and gas exploration

General director of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines, Amina Benkhadra, talks about potential oil reserves in Morocco, and says that the foreign investments in the kingdom are encouraging.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on June 4

Iran-UAE trade talks another sign of Gulf thaw

The United Arab Emirates, and Dubai in particular, is considering potential costs and benefits if Iran opens up to the global economy.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 4

Erdogan's interest rate agenda

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's pressure on the Central Bank governor to lower the interest rate is a mix of populism and ideology.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on June 4

Gaza travel agencies offer false hope of emigration

Several travel agencies in the Gaza Strip are taking part in illegal emigration, often taking thousands of dollars from would-be Palestinian emigrants who risk their lives to reach Europe.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 4

Kuwait, Iran welcome 'turning point' in relations

During his meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, said that both countries were ready to build better relations to serve their common interests.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on June 3

Palestinians find respite from siege at Gaza’s ancient port

Once an ancient trading hub, Gaza’s port now serves as a popular recreational location for local Palestinians wishing to forget the woes of living under siege.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 3

Turkey warned on credit ratings

Lowering of interest rates by the Turkish Central Bank despite high inflation prompts “lowering” warnings from ratings agencies.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 3

Egypt’s poor expect Sisi to deliver on election promises

Egyptian President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has repeatedly addressed the need to raise living conditions for Egypt’s poor, and they expect him to live up to his words.
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 Tom Rollins for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 3

Saudi Arabia shifts to more assertive defense doctrine

The kingdom is considering how to more effectively project its role and power in the region to compensate for the decline of Western influence.
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Nawaf Obaid for Al-Monitor on June 3

Tunisia's transition has lessons for region

Tunisia’s experience with the Arab Spring has highlighted the importance of maintaining state institutions when toppling tyrants.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on June 2

Iraqi entrepreneurs strike it rich reselling goods on Facebook

Iraqi entrepreneurs have launched Facebook pages selling US and European products to Iraqis, who usually do not have access to international goods.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on June 6

Turkey's Central Bank governor pressured to resign

Turkey's Central Bank lowered interest rates under political pressure, but this action could not satisfy Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 2

Lapid housing plan targets Israel's 'next generation'

The plan to reduce housing prices for young couples should earn back Finance Minister Yair Lapid's reputation as an ardent social activist, defending the rights of those who served in the army.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 30

Gulf countries face obstacles to economic reform

Economic reform seems necessary in Gulf countries in light of their heavy reliance on oil revenues, yet there are a number of obstacles making such reform difficult.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 30

KRG risks isolation in Iraq by exporting oil through Turkey

Erbil’s decision to export oil without consulting the Baghdad government could also increase Turkish leverage on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
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 Harith al-Qarawee for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on May 30

Turkey’s Kurdish oil gamble

Turkey’s sale of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil could backfire for Ankara and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
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 Denise Natali for Al-Monitor on May 29

Turkish company is No. 1 foreign contractor in Russia

Ronesans Holding is the leading foreign contractor in Russia, which remains a lucrative market for other Turkish firms.
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Translated from Milliyet (Turkey) on May 29

Iraq seeks to invest in associated gas

In an effort to increase production and revenues, Iraq has announced steps to invest in associated petroleum gas.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 28

Russia seeks to improve economic relations with Morocco

In an interview with TelQuel, Russian Ambassador to Morocco Valery Vorobiev tackles thorny issues such as the Western Sahara conflict and the war in Syria, while stressing the need to develop economic relations between Russia and Morocco.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on May 28

Israel avoids implementing economic sanctions on PA

Following the Palestinian reconciliation, the Israeli government decided to impose economic sanctions on the Palestinian Authority, however the sanctions have remained on paper only.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on May 27

Kuwait lags on development despite oil wealth

Kuwaiti plans for major infrastructure and development projects have failed to get off the ground, despite consecutive budget surpluses.
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 Jamie Etheridge for Al-Monitor on May 27

War profiteers plunder Syria

Both Syrian government forces and rebels are accused of rampant, systematic looting and robbery of civilian homes.
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Edward Dark for Al-Monitor on May 27

Iran businessman hanged for embezzlement

Iran has executed businessman Mehafarid Amri-Khosravi for crimes connected to a $2.7 billion embezzlement scheme, Iran's largest-ever embezzlement case.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on May 26

Turkey-Azerbaijan pipeline offers alternative for Russian gas

Ankara hopes the new pipeline, which could also carry Iranian natural gas, will break Russia’s stranglehold on natural gas prices.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 26

Tunisia economy set to suffer blow from Libya violence

As clashes continue in Libya between forces led by former Gen. Khalifa Hifter and Islamist militias, Tunisia’s economy looks set to suffer a severe blow.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on May 25

Iranian currency on downward trend

The Iranian rial has lost 10% of its value since mid-March.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 23

Lebanese forego expensive weddings, marry abroad

Internal political crises and regional unrest have led to an economic decline in Lebanon, pushing many couples to cease organizing the large and elaborate weddings that have become common in recent years.
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 Melissa Tabeek for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 27

Israel pushes West Bank toward economic disaster

Turning the West Bank into the economic twin of the Gaza Strip will provoke new threats to Israel's security, which is why the US administration leans toward cooperating with the new Palestinian unity government.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on May 21

Is Israel's 'startup nation' a mirage?

In an interview with Al-Monitor, economist Dan Ben-David warns that despite Israel's world-leading high-tech, its productivity remains among the lowest in the developed world, threatening rate of growth and quality of life.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 21

S&P dashes Turkey’s hopes, again

Standard & Poor's defies expectations for a positive revision of Turkey’s economic outlook, adding fresh chill to its troubled relations with Ankara.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 21

Technology a Middle East bright spot

Countries across the region are embracing technology as a solution to their economic — and political — woes.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on May 20

Big changes planned for Iraqi stock markets

While Iraq's elections have been the focus of international news, the country's considerable progress in developing its stock markets has gone largely unnoticed.
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 Melissa Hancock for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on May 20

Turkey pivots to Baghdad to close deal on Kurdish oil

Turkey has realized it can’t sell Kurdish oil without Baghdad’s blessing.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 19

Morocco’s wind industry blooming

Morocco is already home to one of the largest wind farms in Africa, and there are plans to expand and develop projects in the wind energy sector in the near future.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on May 19

Upgrading Allenby crossing will encourage Palestinian export

Upgrading the passage of goods through the Israel-Jordan Allenby Bridge crossing would enable an increase of 30% in the volume of goods traffic, thus promoting Palestinian export to Jordan and the Gulf states.
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Translated from Calcalist (Israel) on May 19

Not all PA civil servants in Gaza want jobs back

Around 3,000 public servants in Gaza are scheduled to return to their government posts as part of the April reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, providing more opportunities for the unemployed — but some of them prefer their second jobs.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 19

AKP advice to Soma: Don’t protest, just pray

The AKP mobilized 500 imams along with strict security measures to deal with the disaster-stricken mining town of Soma.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 19

Lebanese turn to online matchmaking services

As marriage rates sharply decline, many Lebanese are turning to online matchmaking services, though they are not without their drawbacks.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 19

Tunisia economy in need of structural reform

A number of key structural reforms are needed to boost the Tunisian economy and improve the country’s banking sector.
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Translated from Réalités (Tunisia) on May 18

Syria war, refugees add to Lebanon's economic crisis

The repercussions of the Syrian conflict, in particular the vast number of refugees coming to Lebanon, and accumulated economic problems are the largest challenges facing the Lebanese state.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on May 18

Tunisia PM looks back on first 100 days in office

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa delivered a long speech on the achievements his government realized in the past 100 days, insisting vaguely on the need for continuing reforms.
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Translated from Business News (Tunisia) on May 18

Syria ratifies oil exploration contract with Russian firm

The Syrian government has ratified a contract for maritime oil exploration with the Russian SoyuzNefteGaz company.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on May 16

Iraqi Kurdistan economy suffers amid budget dispute with Baghdad

The economy of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region has suffered from the effects of the budget dispute between Baghdad and Erbil.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 16

Turkey's countdown to nuclear energy

When Turkey’s two planned nuclear power plants become fully operational, the country’s annual bill for energy imports will decrease by an estimated $7.2 billion.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 16

Can Erdogan survive Soma mine tragedy?

The Soma mine disaster might be the incident to finally damage the prime minister's presidential aspirations.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on May 16

AKP government under fire over coal mine tragedy

Was the mine disaster in Turkey, which has claimed at least 283 lives, the result of flawed policies and negligent acts, or an inevitable accident?
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 Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 15

Egypt's main unions back Sisi

Many unionists are upset that the major unions are trying to move close to the coming regime rather than promote workers’ rights.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on May 15

New administrative regions could boost Iran's economy

Iran can move beyond its current half-hearted decentralization strategy by clustering its provinces, thus pooling the resources of diverse regions and rationalizing infrastructure investment.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 15

Egypt's blind women's orchestra struggles post-revolution

Al Nour Wal Amal orchestra is feeling the pinch from Egypt's economic and political instability, as funds dry up and concerts dwindle.
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 Sarah El-Rashidi for Al-Monitor on May 15

Erdogan says mining accidents 'nature of the business'

While launching an investigation into the mine accident near Soma, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said mine accidents are "ordinary developments."
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 14

What next for Turkey’s stock market?

Having recovered in the wake of political turmoil, Turkey’s stock market appears on a downward trend in the short run.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 13

Russia stakes out Iranian market

Both Russia and Iran see a shared interest in deepening economic ties, parallel to the P5+1 talks.
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 Vitaly Naumkin for Al-Monitor on May 12

Poverty in Gaza sustains used-clothing market

Secondhand clothing sellers in Gaza see a steady increase in demand despite the social stigma.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 12

Fugitive banker handed over to Iran

The arrest of the former managing director of Bank Melli could boost Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s campaign promise to reduce corruption.
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Mehdi Jedinia for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 12

Iran seeks economic future with West and Russia

Iran’s pursuit of sanctions relief as a result of nuclear negotiations would allow it to pursue economic ties with the West while continuing to rely on Russia for its defense and nuclear needs.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 12

Turkey, Qatar strengthen economic ties

Turkey is again stepping up relations with Qatar by adding cultural and commercial links to their political collaboration in the international arena.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on May 9

Lebanon union strike not helping economy

The Union Coordinating Body is missing an opportunity to fix the large amount of government waste.
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 Sami Nader for Al-Monitor on May 9

Turkey increases military spending

In recent years, Turkey has concluded many contracts to purchase military equipment, raising questions about Ankara's motives.
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Translated from Milliyet (Turkey) on May 9

Turkish inflation rate rises to record levels

Higher-than-expected inflation in April makes it harder for Turkey’s Central Bank to lower interest rates as the government wishes, rekindling a long-standing controversy in the country.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 9

Egyptian satellite will monitor water security, Renaissance Dam

Egypt launched the EgyptSat 2 satellite on April 14 to help with borders, resources and the Renaissance Dam.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 8

Turkey’s currency prepares for a fall

After years of efforts to keep its currency valuable, Turkey’s government seems to be shifting to a cheaper lira policy in an attempt to boost exports and reduce the country’s gaping current account deficit.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 7

Egyptian TV inflames divisive politics

Some political talk shows in Egypt are contributing to the country's bitter polarization.
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 Tom Rollins for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 7

China's Middle East energy strategy

China is one of the countries most dependent on oil import given its increasing energy consumption, and thus is working to further its economic interests in oil-producing Arab states.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on May 6

Lebanon’s migrant workers demand rights

Although migrant workers in Lebanon are offered little legal protection, a number of associations and activists are working to improve their situation.
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 Melissa Tabeek for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 6