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

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

How Turkey's new minimum wage may end up hurting employees

Employers who don’t want to pay Turkey's pending minimum wage increase are threatening to relocate facilities or hire illegal Syrian workers for low wages.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 29

Will Canada change its policy toward Iran?

Canada's new Liberal prime minister has expressed an interest in changing policy toward Iran — but will rapprochement happen any time soon?
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 Maysam Bizær for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 27

After shooting down Russian jet, what's next for Turkey?

The Syrian army offensive backed by Russia in the region northeast of Latakia and the downing of a Russian Su-24 by Turkey leaves many to wonder which scenario will play out in the coming weeks .
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 Metin Gurcan for Al-Monitor on November 26

Will there be a 'Kurdish AKP' in Turkey?

Turkey’s ruling party appears to be on a quest to weaken the Kurdish political movement by promoting divisions and polarization in the Kurdish community.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 27

Egypt announces deal to reopen Rafah crossing, but when will it actually open?

Despite the fact that opening the Rafah crossing is an urgent humanitarian need for Gaza residents, it remains subject to political considerations associated with the quarreling factions: Hamas and Fatah.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 26

Why Kerry should have skipped his stop in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depends on his right-wing Knesset members for his political survival, and is not interested in US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts for some goodwill gestures toward the Palestinians.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on November 26

8 steps to peaceful two-state solution

Israeli-Palestinian-Egyptian-Jordanian security coordination is the key to any unilateral move on Israel's part.
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 Uri Savir for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on November 29

Who is Iran's Nategh-Nuri?

The possible leadership of Ali Akbar Nategh-Nuri in Iran's upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections may very well change the nature of the game in Iranian politics.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on November 26

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