Iran’s runoff elections to set economic agenda

The crucial runoff parliamentary elections today will determine how successful President Hassan Rouhani is in implementing his domestic and economic policies.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 29

Oman and Iran: Friends with many benefits

Oman is willing to brave the GCC's disapproval to take advantage of opportunities with and for Iran.
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 Giorgio Cafiero for Al-Monitor on April 29

Why is Jordan restricting Palestinians' travel?

Palestinians have been fighting repressive Israeli travel restrictions for years, now they face Jordanian ones too.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 29

How the nuclear deal's failings ignited anti-Western sentiment in Iran

In the absence of what Iranian officials see as the lack of full implementation of the nuclear deal, the factors that could reignite anti-US sentiment in Iran appear to be back in place.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on April 29

Egypt's media wars intensify

Coverage of the recent anti-government street protests in Egypt suggest little has changed on the media scene since the January 25, 2011 Revolution.
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 Shahira Amin for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 29

Does Erdogan want his own Islamic state?

Erdogan is willing to not abolish Turkey’s constitutional secularism, as some fear, but rather to use religion in the most effective way.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on April 29

Easter in Egypt resurrects debate over travel to Israel

In the lead-up to Orthodox Easter May 1, disputes have resurfaced over visits by Egyptian Copts to Jerusalem.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 29

US and Syria's Kurds: Love on the rocks?

PKK violence is complicating US relations with Syria’s Kurds just as Turkey steps up its cooperation against the Islamic State.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on April 29

Is Abbas using Big Brother policy to threaten opponents?

President Mahmoud Abbas seems to be working to punish and pressure his opponents, by halting their monthly stipend and establishing a High Constitutional Court.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on April 29

Congress inches closer to handing Pentagon $350 million for Syrian rebels

Sen. John McCain signs off on aid request blocked after last year's effort ended in a debacle.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 28

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