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 Turkey Pulse 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

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