Tobacco eats away West Bank agricultural lands

Tobacco cultivation is expanding rapidly in the West Bank without regulation, threatening the Palestinian economy and agriculture.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 30

Will Iran get its billions back?

Iranian officials have issued contradictory statements about the size of Iran's blocked foreign reserves.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 29

Looters find path to export antiquities via Lebanon

As extremist organizations are destroying and looting antiquities in the Middle East, Lebanon is working alongside UNESCO to dismantle smuggling networks that use the country as a corridor to sell stolen artifacts to European countries.
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Translated from Al-Nahar (Lebanon) on July 30

The buzz about Lebanon's beekeepers

During a conference held at The Lebanese University by the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development, Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Akram Chehayeb and US Ambassador David Hale focused on the growth of the beekeeping industry in Lebanon.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 30

Foreign firms prepare to dive into Iran’s lucrative private equity market

Foreign businesses are scouring Iran in search of investment opportunities when sanctions are finally lifted based on the deal reached on the country's nuclear program.
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 Morteza Ramezanpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 28

Will Lebanon solve its trash crisis?

With trash piling up in the streets for weeks and landfills overflowing, the country needs a solution soon.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 27

Turkish private sector gears up for Iran push

An end to international sanctions against Iran raises strong commercial prospects for Turkish companies on the Iranian market.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 27

Erbil-Baghdad oil relations swing between deal, no deal

Tensions are still high between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government over oil exports.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 27

Post deal, can Rouhani deliver on promises of reform?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani must tread lightly to ensure economic prosperity after sanctions relief.
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 Alireza Nader for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 24

Gaza universities now more accessible, for all the wrong reasons

Universities in Gaza are lowering their admissions standards in what appears to be a way to realize profit while disregarding the needs of the market.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 26

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