Features by Reese Erlich

Syria fighting hurts Turkish border city

Overall, the Syrian conflict has been bad for business in the Turkish border city of Antakya -- though some businesses are booming.
Posted In: turkey, syria, Bashar al-Assad

In Turkey, Syrian refugees use their skills

Some 70,000 refugees have fled the fighting in Syria and crossed over into Turkey. Even in the refugee camps, some are showing entrepreneurial flair.
Posted In: syria, turkey, refugees, Entrepreneurship

Libya's economy facing big challenges

Libya has delayed its elections in June. The political instability is creating economic uncertainty.
Posted In: Libya

In Tunisia, more democracy but still much poverty

More than a year after the revolt that toppled Tunisia’s ruler, Zine al Abidine Ben Ali, discontent is rising because of poverty and unemployment.
Posted In: Tunisia, middle east, Arab Spring

Businessman singled out by Syrian protesters

Rami Makhlouf is the owner the successful cell phone company Syriatel -- and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. That relation has made the businessman and his company the target of Syrian protesters.
Posted In: syria

Business divided on Assad

After seven months of upheaval, Syria's top businesses remain loyal to the government, but small business owners are split.

In Gaza, real estate is at a premium

Despite continuing political uncertainty, Gaza's economy has improved and real estate prices are buoyant.

Israeli blockade upheld at Gaza border

Egypt recently opened the Rafah Gate along its Gaza border to limited access, but Israel is continuing to restrict imports and exports.
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