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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From Cairene Alleyways to European Festivals: The Journey of Mahraganat

From Cairene Alleyways to European Festivals: The Journey of Mahraganat

Though its birth does not precede five years, Mahraganat music has surged into a phenomenon, invading Egypt’s sonic atmosphere and beyond. This phenomenon has crossed…

The Azharites Who Revolted Against Religion

The Azharites Who Revolted Against Religion

Yehia the Salafist sheds his Azharite robes in favor of a faithless credo, while Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd’s writings unshackle Al-Aswany from considerations of politics…

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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#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…

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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What does Hezbollah want?

What does Hezbollah want?

“What does Hezbollah want?” This question has been haunting the party since its creation in the early 1980s. Over the years, both friends and foes…

#Q&A_22 with Lebanese media personality Rita Khoury

#Q&A_22 with Lebanese media personality Rita Khoury

A Lebanese writer, producer, and media personality born in Beirut. She participated in “Studio al fann” TV show in 1988 and presented a talk show…

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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The Psychological Battle within Palestinian Society

The Psychological Battle within Palestinian Society

Many nations that have suffered under occupation often, as a result, experience trauma in one form or another. The case of Palestine is an exceptional…

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…

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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Saudi Arabian Women Strike Back in Hwages

Saudi Arabian Women Strike Back in Hwages

After a year that’s made us lose faith in humanity and human rights, a group of Saudi women are trying to lift our hopes up…

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…

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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Is the WHO Complicit in Syrian War Crimes?

Is the WHO Complicit in Syrian War Crimes?

Throughout the bitter years of conflict in Syria, numerous UN officials have, on several occasions, decried their helplessness in undertaking their aid missions. These officials…

Selective Aid: Not All Syrian Refugees are ‘Created’ Equal

Selective Aid: Not All Syrian Refugees are ‘Created’ Equal

For anyone concerned with the plight of Syrian refugees, it is not difficult to find documentation from aid organizations on the ways in which they…

Tunisia

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Tunisia's First Female Doctor: The Life of Tawhida Belsheikh

Tunisia's First Female Doctor: The Life of Tawhida Belsheikh

Since the 1920s, Tunisian women have suffered from social repression. At the time, this state of affairs opened the discussion about the status of women,…

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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10 Must Watch Arabic Films from the Dubai International Film Festival

10 Must Watch Arabic Films from the Dubai International Film Festival

“Prepare Yourself!", is the exciting slogan of the 13th Dubai International Film Festival taking place from the 7th till the 14th of December 2016. This cinematic…

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…

Yemen

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Seventeen Vignettes from Sana’a and Amran

Seventeen Vignettes from Sana’a and Amran

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

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…