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

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

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

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