Algeria

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License to Draw: Algerian Caricatures Cross the Red Lines

License to Draw: Algerian Caricatures Cross the Red Lines

In Algeria, people start reading newspapers from the back. The last page, or the caricature page, attracts readers and competes with journalistic articles. It only…

Bahrain

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The (non) Prestige of a Regime : Bahrain Edition

The (non) Prestige of a Regime : Bahrain Edition

Nabeel Rajab, a well-known activist and opponent to the Khalifa regime, has been denied freedom from his jail term because he apparently “undermined the prestige…

Egypt

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Why are Egyptians going to study in Germany?

Why are Egyptians going to study in Germany?

Germany is considered one of the most attractive countries for Egyptian students in the last years. This is visible from the long lines of students…

Your Guide to 48 Hours of Passion in Cairo

Your Guide to 48 Hours of Passion in Cairo

Cairo has many faces. If you think that you will understand it at a glance, then you are very wrong. It will make your head…

Iraq

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#Q&A_22 with Iraqi journalist Mina al Oraibi

#Q&A_22 with Iraqi journalist Mina al Oraibi

Which politician would you take to a bar or cafe? If you could issue a fatwa, what would it be? Which Arab personality would you…

Beyond Mecca and Medina: A Trip Around Islam’s Holiest Cities

Beyond Mecca and Medina: A Trip Around Islam’s Holiest Cities

Throughout human history, religions have been connected to monuments, sacred sites, and holy symbols. These sacred things can be different from one religion to the…

Jordan

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Nahed Hattar, Charlie Hebdo and the Disingenuous Production of “Free Speech” Heroes

Nahed Hattar, Charlie Hebdo and the Disingenuous Production of “Free Speech” Heroes

Following the assassination of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on the steps of an Amman court, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar took it upon itself to unambiguously dub…

Kuwait

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Kuwait’s Elections: Islamist vs. Comedian

Kuwait’s Elections: Islamist vs. Comedian

The election season has begun in Kuwait, with elections due on November 26, 2016. In the five electoral districts of the country, a total of…

Everything You Wanted to Know about Dating in Kuwait but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Dating in Kuwait but Were Afraid to Ask

Dating is challenging anywhere, but dating in conservative countries like those of the Arabian Gulf is a grand adventure. But life always finds a way. Young…

Lebanon

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Fairuz vs. Hezbollah: A not so divine victory

Fairuz vs. Hezbollah: A not so divine victory

Last week, a group of students enrolled at the Lebanese University chose to pay tribute to a colleague of theirs, Mohammad Hamada, who was recently…

Sabah: The Iconic Singer Who Defied Tradition

Sabah: The Iconic Singer Who Defied Tradition

A seven-year-old girl enters a church in Jal El Dib near Beirut, she bares nothing in her heart but her love for God and singing.…

Libya

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Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

On October 20, 2011, eight months after the outbreak of the revolution in Libya, deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in a video. He was captured…

Palestine

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Online Marriage in Gaza: Facebook as the Mother of the Groom

Online Marriage in Gaza: Facebook as the Mother of the Groom

Marriage is an important step in the lives of young people. Traditions and rituals differ between one place and another, and perhaps even between one…

How Millions of Dollars Were Lost in the Gaza Tunnels

How Millions of Dollars Were Lost in the Gaza Tunnels

He always dreamt of making enough money to be able to afford anything, even if making that money was dangerous, even deadly. A bunch of…

Qatar

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The Easy Guide to Politics in Qatar

The Easy Guide to Politics in Qatar

When was Qatar founded? In his book The Political History of Qatar, Ahmad Zakaria al-Shaleq marks the triumph of the al-Thani tribe over the other…

Saudi Arabia

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The Rise of Saudi Cinema Despite all Restrictions

The Rise of Saudi Cinema Despite all Restrictions

In recent years, the cinema scene in Saudi Arabia witnessed a rebirth with many films participating in local and international film festivals. Some of these…

Beyond Mecca and Medina: A Trip Around Islam’s Holiest Cities

Beyond Mecca and Medina: A Trip Around Islam’s Holiest Cities

Throughout human history, religions have been connected to monuments, sacred sites, and holy symbols. These sacred things can be different from one religion to the…

Sudan

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Arak Survives Religion and Prohibition in Sudan

Arak Survives Religion and Prohibition in Sudan

Despite the implementation of Sharia in Sudan, the drinking culture that dates back millennia has survived, Raseef22 has discovered

Syria

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Beyond Mecca and Medina: A Trip Around Islam’s Holiest Cities

Beyond Mecca and Medina: A Trip Around Islam’s Holiest Cities

Throughout human history, religions have been connected to monuments, sacred sites, and holy symbols. These sacred things can be different from one religion to the…

Going Back to Aleppo With a Wheelchair, Hope, and 5000 Syrian Pounds

Going Back to Aleppo With a Wheelchair, Hope, and 5000 Syrian Pounds

Just another day in Gaziantep, on the noisy crowded streets of this Turkish border city, the Syrian presence is easily noticed. On Ataturk street one…

Tunisia

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Your Guide to 48 Hours of Passion in Tunis

Your Guide to 48 Hours of Passion in Tunis

Let us tell you about Tunis, the city filled with history, love and beauty. Let us tell you about the city where Elissa or Elissar…

United Arab Emirates

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Discover the Strangest and Largest Parks in the Middle East

Discover the Strangest and Largest Parks in the Middle East

Every day we hear about a new park opening in one of the cities in the Middle East. It is as if they are racing…

Your Guide to 48 Hours of Passion in Dubai

Your Guide to 48 Hours of Passion in Dubai

It is a life-size Lego city, or bigger than life even. You are arriving to a city of contradictions: An Emirate that combines skyscrapers with…

Yemen

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No Place Like Home: Yemen's Moualleds in Times of War

No Place Like Home: Yemen's Moualleds in Times of War

Who is a “Moualled”? In Yemeni society the term is used to designate a person who has a non-Yemeni parent. It can also refer, in…