Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon demand accountability

Demonstrations in Iraq and Lebanon may signal new round of "Arab Springs"; Will Saudi capture of Khobar towers mastermind affect US policy toward Iran?
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on August 30

Yazidi students abandon Arabic script with eye toward Europe

Yazidi refugees in Turkey are struggling to restart their children’s education, and many are now learning the Latin alphabet with the hope of one day starting new lives in Europe.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 28

Ankara needs to explain its turnaround in dealings with PKK

As confrontations persist between Turkish government forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party, the government has remained mum about the reasons for the breakdown of the Kurdish peace process.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on August 28

Is Abbas’ resignation from PLO bid to consolidate power?

Critics claim that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has resigned as chairman of the PLO's Executive Committee to force a re-election and then stack the new committee with his supporters.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 28

Israel needs new police chief, but is Gal Hirsch the one for the job?

With the deteriorating image of Israel's police force, it was necessary to appoint an outside candidate as police chief, but perhaps controversial reserve Brig. Gen. Gal Hirsch is not the right person for the task.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on August 28

Lebanon’s protesters shift focus from garbage crisis to cleaning up the government

The demonstrations held Aug. 22 by independent Lebanese activists against the government's mishandling of waste collection management are likely to continue, as people now shift their focus to corruption in the political class.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on August 28

KRG parliament speaker: Barzani's term extension 'against the law'

Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament Yousif Mohammed Sadiq, who is leading the opposition to the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s efforts to keep President Massoud Barzani in office, tells Al-Monitor that Barzani has lost his legitimacy.
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 Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on August 28

Iranian oil minister: 'Others' should be worried about oil prices

Iran's oil minister has said the ministry would welcome an emergency OPEC meeting, but that Iran will not limit its oil production to retain its share of the oil market.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 27

What's the greatest risk to Turkey's economy?

Regional and domestic volatility is threatening Turkey’s finances while the country’s political and financial uncertainties worry global investors.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 27

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are on the verge of retirement, but why?

Government employees having served 15 years on the job are now grappling with the prospect of being forced into early retirement, as part of large-scale austerity measures in Palestine.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 27

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