Will French carmakers rev up Iran’s auto industry?

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

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

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

How sanctions helped Iranian tech industry

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

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

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

Why some Gazan professors are selling their homes

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

Palestinians in Jordan outraged over new work permit requirements

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

Turkish products break Egyptian monopoly over Gazan markets

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

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

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

Lebanon holds breath for deal to export trash abroad

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

How one messaging app is changing Iranian media

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

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