Why this Israeli rights organization will stop submitting complaints to army

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem has decided it will no longer submit complaints to the Israeli army regarding human rights violations by its soldiers.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on May 30

Will Palestinian-Jordanian confederation see the light?

In light of the stalled peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel, Palestinians are seriously considering the Palestinian-Jordanian confederation option as the only way out of their impasse.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 30

Is Egyptian government pushing farmers to stop growing wheat?

Complicated bureaucracy and shifting subsidizing policies are pushing many Egyptian farmers to give up cultivation of one of the country's most important crops.
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 Albaraa Abdullah for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 29

How Iranian conservatives seized Assembly of Experts chairmanship

All of the moderates' calculations were correct ahead of the vote for the chairmanship of Iran’s Assembly of Experts — but they didn't account for one important factor: conservative mobilization.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 30

Can a Cairo conference launch regional peace talks?

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are discussing a Cairo regional conference, experts are presenting a security plan, based on the one elaborated by Gen. John Allen.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on May 30

US election 2016: Trump, Clinton now running neck and neck

Here's what happened on the campaign trail the week of May 23.
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 Reeves Barbour for Al-Monitor on May 29

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 Hassan 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, gas sector?

There is 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

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