Rouhani praises 'historic' day for Iran, India, Afghanistan

The leaders of Iran, India and Afghanistan gathered in Tehran to sign an agreement to develop a transit system connecting their countries via the southeastern Iranian port of Chabahar.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 23

Rouhani’s greatest win on the verge of becoming liability

Both ends of the bargain of the nuclear deal must be delivered to ensure the agreement will be a lasting legacy.
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 Ellie Geranmayeh for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 19

Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza's Bedouin

Bedouin families in the Gaza Strip continue to breed camels, which are considered a significant part of Bedouin tradition and an important source of income.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 22

Will new agreement lead to increase in Palestinian exports?

A new Palestinian-Jordanian agreement will allow the export of goods in small containers to Jordan for the first time ever, which Palestinians hope will increase their global exports.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 19

Will opening of Israeli crossing help Gaza’s economy?

Israel recently announced plans to reopen the Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing into Gaza, but many say it is not enough to relieve Gaza’s devastated economy.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 18

The real reason Israel’s economy is slipping toward recession

While recent figures indicate that the Israeli economy is heading toward a recession, are politicians suppressing the connection between the economy and the diplomatic stalemate?
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 18

How Supreme Court decision to freeze Iran assets undermines US foreign policy

The US Supreme Court’s decision to seize Iranian assets to compensate terror victims is creating a backlash that undermines US business interests and could sabotage US foreign policy.
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 Saam Borhani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 17

Can Lebanon make progress on oil, gas exploration efforts?

A litany of more pressing crises has led to a delay in efforts to advance work on Lebanon's nascent oil and gas sector.
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 Matt Nash for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 16

Can agriculture save Tunisia's economy amid tourism crisis?

While terrorist attacks in Tunisia have led to a massive decline in tourism, some believe that agriculture can save the tiny North African country.
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 Habibulah Mohamed Lamin for Al-Monitor on May 16

How long can Turkey afford growing refugee bill?

The monthly bill of hosting the Syrian refugees in Turkey has shot up to $500 million, in a further strain on the country’s already struggling economy.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 13

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