Did Iran’s president sideline his own brother?

Iranian media are speculating as to why Hossein Fereydoun, brother and special adviser to President Hassan Rouhani, has not attended Cabinet meetings for two months.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 27

Iranians in uproar over executive pay at state-owned company

Leaks of executive pay at Iran’s main state-owned insurance company spark a public backlash, with a hint of what President Rouhani may face as the country enters election season yet again.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 27

What's in store for Lebanon's nascent oil and gas sector?

There's a new twist in the debate about Lebanon's best strategy for developing its offshore oil and gas resources.
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 Matt Nash for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 27

Switzerland gets active on Palestinian reconciliation

After the Swiss Paper in 2014, Switzerland gets active on the Palestinian reconciliation in an attempt to solve some of the outstanding issues between Fatah and Hamas, most notably the issue of Gaza’s employees.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 27

Saudi Arabia's post-oil plan enters slippery slope

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 plan, which foresees a post-oil economy for the Kingdom, contains many contradictions.
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 Philip Calabro for Al-Monitor on May 27

Is Saudi Arabia bringing sexy back?

The Saudi government's recent decision to open entertainment venues to promote internal tourism is drawing some solid applause, but critics say there are more pressing domestic issues to resolve.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on May 27

Is this the last nail in coffin of women, minors' rights in Turkey?

An AKP-led parliamentary commission releases a draft report on how to protect the sanctity of the family in Turkey by providing controversial suggestions.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 27

Back home after clashes, Kurds in Turkey's Sur find only debris

Some look for their homes, others for the bodies of relatives as Kurdish civilians are finally allowed to return to devastated neighborhoods in Diyarbakir after months of clashes between Kurdish militants and the security forces.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 27

How Turkey plans to boost home sales to foreigners

Preparations are underway to offer work permits in addition to residency to buyers of real estate in Turkey, and citizenship could be next on the table.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 27

Is the Islamic State fueling Shiite infighting in Iraq?

The Islamic State has adopted a new strategy that consists of provoking Shiite infighting, in a bid to distract attention of the Shiite majority government and Shiite opposition from liberating the remaining areas controlled by IS.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on May 27

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