Algeria

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Tlemcen, Algeria: The Jewish Holy Land of North Africa

Tlemcen, Algeria: The Jewish Holy Land of North Africa

Darb al-Yahoud, or the Jews’ Path, is one of the most prominent neighborhoods in the Algerian city of Tlemcen that lies on the border with…

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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An Intimate Exchange With Cairo’s Cabaret Girls

An Intimate Exchange With Cairo’s Cabaret Girls

As the clock struck midnight, announcing the start of a new day in Cairo, I quickened my pace as I headed to my next destination.…

‘Castrate Them’: Unusual Solutions for Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic

‘Castrate Them’: Unusual Solutions for Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic

Recently, Egyptian MP Zeinab Salem suggested a somewhat extreme solution for an epidemic that Egypt has been chin-deep in for decades: “Castrate sexual harassers!” she…

Iraq

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In Iraq, Islamists Confiscate and Sell Locals' Properties

In Iraq, Islamists Confiscate and Sell Locals' Properties

Since 2014, confiscating and seizing of property has become increasingly prevalent in Iraq, with thousands of homes and properties being sold, without their owners’ knowledge.…

Paradise on Earth: Baghdad before the Mongol Conquest

Paradise on Earth: Baghdad before the Mongol Conquest

As the Abbasid Caliph, Al-Muta'sim Billah, mused over his favorite concubine, Orfa, in the privacy of the room where she flirted and toyed with him,…

Jordan

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Having a Child Out of Wedlock in Jordan

Having a Child Out of Wedlock in Jordan

Stabbed four times, twice in the stomach; Iman* was 23 and pregnant with her first child, when it happened. This was her brothers' reaction. She…

#Q&A_22 with Jordanian writer Fadi Zaghmout

#Q&A_22 with Jordanian writer Fadi Zaghmout

A writer born in the Jordanian capital Amman, he holds an MA in creative writing and critical thinking from the University of Sussex in the…

Kuwait

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The Taste of the Wolf: A Tale of Vengeance, Manhood, and Violence

The Taste of the Wolf: A Tale of Vengeance, Manhood, and Violence

From the days of old, the desert has always been the muse of Arab poets, acting as the ultimate provoker of philosophical contemplation, in the…

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…

Lebanon

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Lovers, Activists, LGBTQ, or Drunks: One Place to Bind Them All

Lovers, Activists, LGBTQ, or Drunks: One Place to Bind Them All

Leila*, a young Lebanese woman, about 20, needs no more than half an hour to get ready for her evening in Mezyan. Mezyan is a…

ADP, Raseef22 Hold 'Data Journalism in the Arab Region' Focus Group

ADP, Raseef22 Hold 'Data Journalism in the Arab Region' Focus Group

Enhanced open data facilities and increased provision of statistics in the Arab region offer journalists a fresh source of “interesting and new stories” that can…

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…

Morocco

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The Death Rattle of Islamic State’s Moroccan Fighters

The Death Rattle of Islamic State’s Moroccan Fighters

As the siege on Islamic State closes in, particularly in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and Raqqa in Syria, the fate of Moroccan fighters is…

The Stories of the Old City of Fes, Retold By Locals

The Stories of the Old City of Fes, Retold By Locals

From the nearby lookout in which the graves of the Marinids who ruled the Maghreb countries lie, the Old City of Fes, or Fes al…

Palestine

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Palestinian-Made Kippahs For Observant Jews

Palestinian-Made Kippahs For Observant Jews

Against the backdrop of Israel’s decade-long Gaza siege, and the rigid trade restrictions imposed by Israel, Mohamed Abou Shanab is producing and exporting kippahs, the…

Christians of Gaza Barred from Jerusalem on Palm Sunday Celebrations

Christians of Gaza Barred from Jerusalem on Palm Sunday Celebrations

On the occasion of Palm Sunday, Palestinians held a special service in Gaza, with dozens of families gathering in the Church of Saint Porphyrius to…

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 Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

Armed with an arsenal of fatwas [religious edicts], a number of Saudi sheikhs gathered forces to launch a campaign aiming to revile singing, and by…

Jahanamiya: A Unique Perspective Through Saudi Women’s Eyes

Jahanamiya: A Unique Perspective Through Saudi Women’s Eyes

Conceived at the hands of a young Saudi woman named Ahd Niazy, Jahanamiya is an online magazine that seeks to serve as a collaborative space for…

Sudan

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Are the Nuba of Sudan Planning Yet Another Secession?

Are the Nuba of Sudan Planning Yet Another Secession?

Sudanese assistant to the President, Ibrahim Mahmoud, recently declared that the attempts to incite struggle in Sudan over the past 27 years have failed. Paradoxically, …

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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Syrian Memoirs: Laughter in the Dark

Syrian Memoirs: Laughter in the Dark

Though comedy is not what comes to mind when considering the six years of the Syrian civil war that transpired into a proxy war between…

My Trip to Khan Sheikhun, a City Devoid of Life

My Trip to Khan Sheikhun, a City Devoid of Life

Khan Sheikhun is now a city with no form of life. It now resembles a ghost town, after most of its residents fled the gas…

The 22

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Journeys to the Islamic, Jewish, Zoroastrian and Babylonian Heavens

Journeys to the Islamic, Jewish, Zoroastrian and Babylonian Heavens

Many eastern traditions speak of journeys to the heavens, why and how it takes place will be explored in this article

The Colorful Coverings of the Ka'bah

The Colorful Coverings of the Ka'bah

In the eyes of many Muslims, and indeed of any person with minimal exposure to the region and the religion of Islam, the Holy Ka'bah is inextricably…

Tunisia

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Tunisia's Street Musicians Lead New Wave of Rebellion

Tunisia's Street Musicians Lead New Wave of Rebellion

In the center of the Tunisian capital, music wafts through the air in the Avenue Habib Bourgiba, and in other outlying streets. In front of…

Beaten and Raped: Homosexuals in Tunisia and Egypt

Beaten and Raped: Homosexuals in Tunisia and Egypt

Not only are they persecuted by the law and the police, they also face the threat of societies with religions and customs in complete antagonism…

United Arab Emirates

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Forbidden in the UAE: What You Should Know Before Visiting

Forbidden in the UAE: What You Should Know Before Visiting

There is a general perception, among Arabs especially, that the UAE is a haven of freedom. What most don’t know is that there is a…

eL Seed: Bringing Arabic Calligraphy to the World

eL Seed: Bringing Arabic Calligraphy to the World

When I heard that eL Seed was participating in the Art101 series organized by Alserkal Avenue, aiming to introduce people to the behind-the-scenes processes of…

Yemen

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Cinema Under Fire: Youth Resistance in Sana’a

Cinema Under Fire: Youth Resistance in Sana’a

The quote “Revolution begins with the self, in the self”, by African-American author Toni Cade Bambara, perfectly describes the movement kicked off by Yemeni activist…

17 Vignettes from Sana’a and Amran

17 Vignettes from Sana’a and Amran

Yemen is naturally beautiful. With a population of around 26 million, it is the second largest country in the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia lies to…