The brewing battle over coffee in Turkey

Amid an increase in coffee consumption in Turkey, leading international coffee chains have stormed into the local market, luring the young clientele.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 26

How oil is bringing Iraq, Egypt closer

Iraq is planning to supply Egypt with a million barrels of oil as both countries face a deteriorating relationship with Saudi Arabia.
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 Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on

Are Egyptian-Saudi disputes just a passing crisis or a decisive storm?

Egyptian-Saudi squabbles over Syria and Yemen have gone viral, and some worry that this will have a lasting negative effect on the relationship between Cairo and Riyadh.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 23

Welcome to Gaza's first deer farm

A Palestinian citizen from the town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip has started raising deer in his garden that already holds rare birds, with the hope of someday turning the farm into a public zoo.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 23

Does Rouhani want to scrap Iran’s 5-year development plans?

With the government’s sixth Five-Year Development Plan mired in controversy and yet to be approved after nine months, some Iranian economists now say these plans are a thing of the past.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 21

Gaza agriculture on brink of collapse

With new Israeli encroachment in the name of security and restrictions on the importation of chemicals and fertilizers, even more of Gaza's farmers are being forced to abandon their lands despite a near-total lack of other employment options.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 21

How Yemen’s war is now threatening international trade

The recent attacks on vessels in the Red Sea by Yemen's Houthis and the United States threaten international trade along this route.
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 Amal Nasser for Al-Monitor on October 20

Civil servants in Palestine prohibited from working second job

Palestinian civil employees are worried that the new Palestinian government decision to ban holding a second job will cut their monthly income, as they can barely make ends meet in light of the harsh living conditions.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 20

Can Iraq curb corruption among customs officials?

Corruption on Iraq's borders is robbing the government of the customs income its budget depends on.
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 Salam Zidane for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on October 21

The death of critical journalism in Turkey

Press freedom in Turkey is often assessed on the basis of jailed journalists, but this fails to fully reflect the gravity of the situation if one omits the huge number of journalists who have lost their jobs and are facing an uncertain future and struggling to survive.
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 Irfan Aktan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on October 19

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