Though it has been beset by delays, construction at the Gulf port, which has the potential to boost Iraq's economy, is steadily progressing.
While the government prioritises spending on the IRGC and its security apparatus, the budget allocated to the public is shrinking every year.
From its starting point at al-Faw port on the Arabian Gulf, the proposed road and parallel railway line would serve as a regional transport hub.
Landmines, Houthi-imposed taxes and climate change have undermined honey production in Yemen, a lifeline for tens of thousands of Yemeni households.
A growing number of Lebanese are having trouble feeding their families and are sliding into poverty as the country remains mired in crisis.
In the uncertain job market, viral social media videos share tips on where to sleep when you are unemployed, where to find free food and how to take free showers at hotels.
In addition to making vague and contradictory statements about deals with Russia and Belarus, Iran also has its eyes set on Venezuela. But low-quality Iranian cars cause delays and doubts.
Iran's reach into the Syrian economy puts Syria in a dangerous position and circumvents the sanctions imposed under the 2019 Caesar Act, experts say.
As Iran spirals deeper into poverty, the regime has prioritised military, paramilitary and intelligence activities in its FY 2023-2024 budget.
The Syrian government has not taken any real measures to remedy the situation, instead relying on the largely inconsistent foreign aid from its allies.