Egypt resorts to drastic proposals to solve dollar crisis

Egyptians are at odds over how to solve the country's fiscal crisis, with parliament speaker Ali Abdul Aal calling for shutting down currency exchange companies.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 26

Why cheaper rial could actually help Iran

Though the Central Bank of Iran has repeatedly announced imminent plans to unify the country’s dual exchange rates, it appears that conditions may make this goal tenable at last.
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 Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 26

The original dishdash: Online restaurant access comes to Gaza

A Palestinian professor's new online business allows residents of Gaza City to browse menus and order meals for delivery from various restaurants, the first service of its kind in the Gaza Strip.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 28

Iran closer to rolling out new oil project contracts

Despite ongoing quarreling over Iran’s long-delayed new oil and gas model contracts, the issue finally seems set for a resolution.
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 Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 24

Why the PA wants to stay on good terms with Qatar

The Qatari ambassador to Palestine stayed in the Gaza Strip for three weeks, holding banquets, visiting various institutions and making donations, with mixed reactions from Palestinian factions.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 22

Is North Korea supplying arms to Palestinian factions?

The Palestinian resistance factions are seeking to conclude weapons deals with Russia, North Korea and China through the black market, yet some say a recent display of weapons was merely for propaganda purposes.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 22

Why were 3,000 Gazans excluded from Qatari grant to pay salaries?

Hamas is accusing the Ramallah government of tampering with the list of Gazan government workers who were supposed to receive payment as part of a recent grant from Qatar.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 22

Egypt’s state TV under fire after suspending anchorwomen until they shed pounds

Despite once being a victim of discrimination herself, the head of an Egyptian broadcasters' union has forced eight female public employees off the air, demanding they lose weight.
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 Ahmed Hidji for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 19

Can Turkey-Russia trade reach $100 billion target?

The two countries have been after this target since 2013, but until now have only reached $38 billion.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 22

Gentrification glitter fades into dust in Istanbul’s heart

Istanbul’s most famous avenue falling into urban decay is a sign of economic hardship awaiting Turkey in the near future.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on August 19

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