Digital map seeks to document 'trail of destruction' of Mideast antiquities

Government and nonprofit organizations are working together to mitigate the threats that the Islamic State, looters and others pose to Middle East antiquities.
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 Shahira Amin for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Cairo wages war on corruption with TV ads, but will it work?

The Egyptian government has launched a TV ad campaign aimed at combating corruption, but some fear it will be ineffective without structural reform.
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 Amr Eltohamy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Why Egypt's 'white gold' production is now in decline

Egyptian cotton exports take another thumping in the latest agricultural season, and local cotton consumption drops as cotton cultivation becomes too heavy a financial burden for Egyptian farmers to bear.
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 Ahmed Hidji for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 24

Military trials are making a comeback in Egypt

A new decree aimed at protecting public land allows civilians to be brought before military courts.
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 Sayed Elhadidi for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 23

Why Iran should come off financial watchdog’s blacklist

Given major international banks’ continued reluctance to engage with Iranian counterparts despite the nuclear deal, getting Iran off of the FATF blacklist is a key step in addressing this threat to the nuclear deal.
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 Saam Borhani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 23

Why Gaza's beachgoers will be shelling out more money this summer

This year, the municipality of Gaza reduced the number of licenses granted for beach resorts, allowing only four and raising license fees, which will affect the price of services offered to the public in these places.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 26

Why beefing up private security could leave Turks feeling less secure

A surge in the private security sector raises questions about the surge's cause, and about its potential to deteriorate quality of service and basic rights.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on June 23

Poker-faced Netanyahu gambles with US aid money

Top Israeli politicians and security officials are urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the aid package offered by the United States and not take the needless risk of holding out for more.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on June 22

Iranian economists worry about both Clinton and Trump

Iranian economists aren’t terribly excited about the departure of US President Barack Obama.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 21

Gaza’s women use the internet to sell homemade meals

In light of the harsh economic conditions in the Gaza Strip, some housewives have decided to sell their homemade dishes online, which has turned out to be popular, especially during the month of Ramadan.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 21

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