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The unknown Turkish refugee crisis
Turkey, which hosts some 3.5 million refugees, is generally considered a transit or bulwark country in the ongoing refugee crisis. What is less known is that ity is also generating refugees of its own.
Poverty in Iran driving citizens to sell kidneys, according to reports
Posters have been spotted on Valiasr Avenue, Tehran’s longest avenue, advertising kidneys for sale and listing the blood type of the sellers.
IMF: US sanctions have contributed to ongoing recession in Iran
The IMF World Economic Outlook report estimates that Iran’s economy will shrink by 1.5 percent this year, with the trajectory continuing and going upward in 2019, contracting by 3.5 percent.
US sanctions hurt Iranian efforts to export natural gas
The Trump administration’s decision to bar Iranian crude exports has led to a 29 percent decrease in oil shipments in the past few months, contributing to an increase in natural gas prices above $80 per barrel.
Wary of repercussions, EU unlikely to defy re-imposed US sanctions on Iran
Germany’s central bank decides to prevent Iran from withdrawing 300 million euros ($350 million) after Western governments warn that Iran would use the funds for terrorism.
Iran: On the edge of the abyss
Trump wants the Iranian threat removed completely, including the regime’s missile program, its armed intervention in neighboring countries and its support of terrorist organizations.
Is Jordan burning?
It is now apparent that peace and quiet cannot be bought indefinitely, and the nation’s precarious economic realities will inevitably explode.
Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
Protests in Jordan: Revisiting the Arab Spring
Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign, and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis, shed new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011.
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Yoni Ben Menachem
Jordan faces a serious government crisis
Unprecedented protests are going on in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, caused by the current dire economic situation, with fears that a public intifada could break out.
First-ever delegation from Azerbaijan visits Israel during US embassy opening
Azerbaijan is a major customer for Israeli weapons, having purchased nearly $5 billion in arms, including radar systems and drones, which it uses in a protracted war with Armenia over control of territory.
Iran’s plummeting currency reflects country’s economic, military concerns
Most observers are pointing to corruption, political infighting and fear of a collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal as major factors in the rial’s fall.
Bloomberg praises Israeli finance minister, saying nation’s economy is strong
Zeev Klein and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel Hayom / Exclusive to JNS
The policies of Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon have helped boost Israel’s economy, and his growing power base makes him a viable candidate for prime minister in the future.