Turkish Twitter user: Erdogan to target CHP-linked bank

Fuat Avni, the handle of an anonymous Twitter user who has successfully revealed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s moves in the past, just issued another explosive prediction.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 6

Yemen's crippled economy

It seems like political and social development in Yemen is being impeded by various political pressures, but restoring political harmony and addressing security concerns are key for the country to get back on its feet.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 6

Iranian Minister slammed for warning of 'dirty money' in politics

Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has been forced to walk back his claims that money from illegal drug smuggling has entered politics.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on March 5

Iranian banks on shaky ground

Toxic loans coupled with crippling sanctions have led Iranian banks to be running out of capital, pushing deposit-taking banks to offer higher rates than monetary officials insist on.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 4

Saudi Arabia's falling oil revenues

Saudi Arabia should speed up construction of its public transportation network and its nuclear and solar energy sources.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on March 2

From 'zero problems' to zero trade

Ankara’s support of the Islamist-controlled National General Congress instead of the government in Tobruk has had dire consequences for Turkish business interests in Libya.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on February 27

Was Rouhani's zero-inflation claim misleading?

Both economists and political rivals question President Hassan Rouhani's claim of zero inflation, saying he used the wrong criteria.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on February 25

Iraq's corruption continues unchecked

Corruption involving public contracts has become prevalent in Iraq since 2003 and is difficult to stop because government officials are benefitting from it.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on February 25

The new generation of Israeli election campaign clips

The advent of social media has changed the face of election campaigning, with productions in TV studios giving way to video clips, delivering their message in the absence of regulation or supervision.
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 Doron Peskin for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on February 27

Lebanese, Egyptian officials meet to discuss economic ties

Lebanese and Egyptian business figures sit down to consider how to catalyze investment and increase bilateral relations.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on February 22

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