Tainted Russian wheat resurfaces in Egypt

The dangerously low-quality wheat imported from Russia that plagued Egypt during the Mubarak era has returned to the country, which recently identified 25,000 tons destined for Egyptian bread.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 20

Iran's housing bubble

Housing prices in Iran have significantly dropped since mid-2013, most notably in Tehran, where pollution and traffic cause families to move to the suburbs and countryside, while young urbanites seek smaller housing units.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 19

Turks link Armenia to US foes in bid to derail genocide nod

Ankara's allies raise concerns with Yerevan's ties to Iran and Russia.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 16

How will Turkey explain $4.3 billion in unidentified foreign currency?

Is it a coincidence that an unexpected gush of foreign funds from unidentified sources occurs in election periods?
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 14

Syrian border closure deals blow to Jordan economy

The Free Syrian Army has taken over the strategic border crossing of Nasib, a main trade route between Jordan and Syria, pushing the Jordanian government to seek alternative transport options and export markets.
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 Elisa Oddone for Al-Monitor on April 14

How will Turkey benefit from lifting of Iran sanctions?

Turkey faced substantial losses with declining exports to Iran because of the embargo. Now that easing of sanctions is a possibility, however, political ambitions and contradictory positions may impede recovery.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 10

How the nuclear deal will help Iran's economy

While a comprehensive nuclear deal is not yet final, the psychological boost of the famework deal and prospects of an end to sanctions are already placing Iran in a better position to materialize its economic potential.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 10

West Bank boycotts six Israeli companies

The Palestinian boycott of Israeli products sold in the West Bank might help strengthen the Palestinian economy, and draw the world’s attention to the Israeli occupation.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 9

Egypt to face mandatory maritime inspections

As Egypt has failed to undergo voluntary trial inspections of its maritime works, ports and ships, the International Maritime Organization's upcoming official inspections could negatively affect shipping in the Suez Canal.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 9

Erdogan focuses on trade during Iran visit

Despite a red-carpet welcome to Tehran, where meetings between the Turkish president and Iranian officials focused on economic ties, the uproar around Recep Tayyip Erdogan's incendiary remarks about Iran continued unabated.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on April 8

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