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

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

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