How one Egyptian beauty queen lost her citizenship

The Egyptian minister of interior’s decision to withdraw citizenship from Naglaa Ahmad Abdel Ati Suleiman, who also holds Israeli citizenship, stirred mixed reactions in Egypt.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 30

The tumbling turban: Who is behind attacks on Reformists in Iran?

Protesters have disrupted a number of speeches and gatherings by Reformist groups in Iran, indicating some of the candidates could have a tough time in the upcoming elections.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 30

Turkey gambles on the Turkmens

The Turkmen card Turkey is playing in Syria is likely to backfire and endanger the Turkmens.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on November 30

Israel makes it official: Another wall on the way

Palestinians are interested to see what kind of wall Israel will build along the Gaza border to discourage Hamas attacks.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 30

Why defeating the Islamic State won't bring stability to Iraq

Competing factions have different agendas for a post-IS Iraq, paving the way for even greater conflict.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on November 30

Who's afraid of the 'intifada'?

The use of the expression ''wave of terror,'' rather than ''intifada,'' has created the illusion that the recent violence against Israelis will pass without the need for tangible measures to relieve the despair felt by young Palestinians.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on November 30

Why the IDF is urging the Israeli government to keep calm and strengthen the Palestinian Authority

The IDF has learned its lesson from the previous intifada, recommending now to contain the terror incidents and try to spread calm, as called for by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, instead of launching a military confrontation.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on November 30

Erdogan more isolated than ever on Syria

The Turkish president is on the defensive after Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian warplane; the Syrian war enters a more dangerous phase.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on November 29

Meetings between Turkish, Russian military reveal that Moscow had been warned

Turkey and Russia both seem determined to obtain the dominant position in shaping Syria's future.
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on November 30

Congress threatens to shut down government over Syrian refugees

A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing the week of Nov. 30.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on November 29

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