Oman and Iran: Friends with many benefits

Oman is willing to brave the GCC's disapproval to take advantage of opportunities with and for Iran.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on April 29

Why is Jordan restricting Palestinians' travel?

Palestinians have been fighting repressive Israeli travel restrictions for years, now they face Jordanian ones too.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 29

Who’s to blame for US seizure of $2 billion in Iranian assets?

Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected blame in a US Supreme Court case that ruled Iran's assets of $2 billion can be seized.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 28

Israel's ultra-Orthodox skip Passover cleaning, go on vacation

The exhausting pre-Passover cleaning needed to rid observant houses of leavened bread has inspired many ultra-Orthodox families to celebrate Passover in hotels instead of at home and even led to specialized overseas vacation packages.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on April 28

Khamenei says US pushing 'Iranphobia' to block foreign investment

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the United States for removing the sanctions on paper but in effect scaring large banks from doing business with Iran.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 27

Did Israel’s reaction to BDS drive movement's growth?

Former Ambassador Gideon Meir argues that Israel has engaged itself in a high-profile battle against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, turning it from an insignificant organization into a powerful force.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on April 27

Saudis refine blueprint for post-oil economy

Establishment of the Public Investment Fund to diversify Saudi Arabia's sources of income must be coupled with a sound strategy to achieve the country's goals.
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 Rami Khrais for Al-Monitor on April 26

Will Sisi fulfill his 'Sinai promise'?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised that a new development project will eliminate terrorism and revive the economy in the Sinai Peninsula, but past failures raise doubts about its effective implementation.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 24

Could economic ties be key to calming Egypt-Italy tensions?

Although tensions are high between Cairo and Rome following the murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, the strong economic ties between the two will likely persist.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 21

Why Egyptians' anger at island handover is misplaced

Angry Egyptians decried the return of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia while ignoring possible economic benefits and returns for Egypt as part of the agreement.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on April 21

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