Will government reshuffle stamp out corruption in Egypt?

Deficiencies in corruption reports and loopholes in the law make weeding out corruption in Egypt an optimistic scenario, to say the least.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 9

Bibi looks to score political points from current wave of terror

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has addressed the public directly after the stabbing in Tel Aviv, telling Israelis that they aren't facing a new intifada and that Israel's most experienced security chiefs are capable of containing the violence.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on October 9

Could Saudi-Iraqi ties be key to defeating Islamic State?

As both Iraq and Saudi Arabia are threatened by the same enemy — that is, extremist groups — the two countries ought to build positive relations for the good of the region.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on October 9

Hamas turns blind eye to Fatah’s military activities in Gaza

Fatah-affiliated militias are operating in Gaza to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ displeasure and with no restrictions from Hamas, which says it welcomes every contribution to an armed resistance against Israel.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 9

Iran key player in global war on drugs

It is time for the world to engage with Tehran to assist its war on drugs, and to acknowledge Iran as an important player in combating the global illegal drug trade.
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 Amir-Pasha Tabrizian for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 8

Were missing Iranians arrested in Saudi Arabia?

Some Iranian officials are speculating that the Iranians still missing after the hajj disaster may have been arrested as Iran continues to watch the Saudi investigation with distrust.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 8

A different kind of intifada

The sustainability and longevity of the current protests in Palestine seem dependent upon the continuation of violence and whether or not people manage to stay hopeful.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on October 8

Israelis do not want a leader with vision

Israelis no longer want a leader with a vision, but rather a “strong leader” who will threaten the Palestinians with harsh actions and retaliation.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 8

Facts mingle with political fantasy in Ankara's Gulenist indictments

An indictment alleging an attempted coup against Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party government follows the party's narrative of a sinister parallel state and its imperialist collaborators.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on October 8

Why hasn't Sisi visited Washington yet?

US-Egyptian relations have recently been following what could be described as a downward path — ever since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in 2014, he has not received an official invitation to visit Washington.
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 Mohamed Saied for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 8

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