Syrian Kurdish leader: Moscow wants to work with us

A senior leader in the PYD is in Washington seeking more military support and expressing ambivalence about Russia’s latest intervention.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on October 8

Iran key player in global war on drugs

It is time for the world to engage with Tehran to assist its war on drugs, and to acknowledge Iran as an important player in combating the global illegal drug trade.
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 Amir-Pasha Tabrizian for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 8

A different kind of intifada

The sustainability and longevity of the current protests in Palestine seem dependent upon the continuation of violence and whether or not people manage to stay hopeful.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on October 8

Coming days may see turning point in West Bank violence

As long as the major Palestinian organizations resist taking the lead in the current wave of violence and Israel restrains itself, it is still possible to avoid another new intifada.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 8

Israelis do not want a leader with vision

Israelis no longer want a leader with a vision, but rather a “strong leader” who will threaten the Palestinians with harsh actions and retaliation.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 8

Egypt's 'garbage police' look to clamp down on pollution

The Egyptian Ministry of Environment is now using garbage patrols in an effort to prevent citizens from burning rice straw and household waste, yet some question their effectiveness.
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George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 8

Congress shows renewed interest in Iranian opposition after nuclear deal

Iran hawks tout MEK as way to keep pressure on Tehran.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on October 7

Goals of Russia’s recent military action go beyond Syria

The Russian entry into the war in Syria may herald a new era of cooperation with countries such as Iran, as Moscow seeks to strengthen its international role.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on October 7

Khamenei warns against further negotiations with US

Iran's supreme leader has once again warned about the desire of America to have an impact inside Iran.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 7

Despite mounting violence, IDF-PA security cooperation unlikely to end

While peace negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel keep hitting an impasse, it looks like security cooperation continues as usual.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 7

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