Rouhani: Do you think we’ll let Trump rip up nuclear deal?

Iranian politicians used the occasion of Student Day to slam US President-elect Donald Trump and to vow to uproot corruption at home.
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 Changiz M. Varzi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 6

WikiLeaks dump casts rare light on Erdogan inner circle

WikiLeaks' dump of emails has put Energy Minister Berat Albayrak's dealings back in the news.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on December 6

Turkey’s emergency rule hits thousands of destitute Kurds

Like dozens of Kurdish media outlets, local administrations and civic groups, a charity helping some of Turkey’s poorest Kurds has fallen victim to Ankara’s post-coup crackdown.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 6

Turkey mobilizes against ‘economic coup’

For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the steep decline of Turkey’s national currency is an “economic sabotage” by the nefarious powers that were also behind the coup attempt of July 15.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on December 6

Are Erdogan’s outbursts undermining Turkey’s interests?

Impulsive statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leave Ankara without a coherent and consistent foreign policy.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on December 6

What were Abbas’ priorities at the Fatah congress?

The importance that Abbas gave to national issues reflects the priorities that the seventh Fatah congress will give in Palestinian affairs for years to come.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on December 6

Can Iran moderates hold ground against US pressure?

The US Congress vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act has provoked harsh rhetoric in Tehran as well as a tempered response from decision-makers.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 6

Is Iraqi government censoring media's military coverage?

The Iraqi government is keeping an eye on media outlets and humanitarian organizations covering the battle of Mosul in order to prevent them from publishing false reports.
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 Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 6

How a new generation of members could shake up Hamas

A new generation of Hamas members is seeking election to the Shura Council to reshape and revitalize the movement.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on December 6

Will Israel expand settlement to Jerusalem border?

Israeli plans to expand the Ma’ale Adumim settlement and achieve territorial continuity all the way to Jerusalem might spark international uproar.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on December 6

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