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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Egypt’s Divorced Mothers Struggle for Their Rights

Egypt’s Divorced Mothers Struggle for Their Rights

When Iman objected to her husband’s decision to take a second wife, he threw her out of the house with their two children. She knocked…

Life as a Transexual in Egypt

Life as a Transexual in Egypt

Nada Al-Qadi has not yet lost hope in her mission to secure the right to undertake the official steps toward becoming a woman. Despite the…

Iraq

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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,…

After Islamic State, Are Sunni Forces on the Verge of Armed Conflict?

After Islamic State, Are Sunni Forces on the Verge of Armed Conflict?

In the aftermath of the defeat of Islamic State, Sunni-populated areas of Iraq appear poised for the eruption of new hostilities, amid political disputes between…

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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The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon: A Kafkaesque Nightmare

The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon: A Kafkaesque Nightmare

“All the officials papers, seals, stamps, and certificates [we have to get] are no big deal; they can be easily obtained. All but the Syrian…

What the UN Really Wants to Say About Lebanon

What the UN Really Wants to Say About Lebanon

The UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights has released its concluding observations on Lebanon. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)…

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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Lifting the Siege on Gaza’s Drug Trade

Lifting the Siege on Gaza’s Drug Trade

The world of narcotics in the Gaza Strip differs from any other place in the world. Whether it is the means of smuggling the substances,…

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…

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 Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Ashraf, with his handsome features and candid smile, has become the target of accusations among his friends of being the harbinger of bad luck to…

Saudi Women Escaping the Shackles of Patriarchy?

Saudi Women Escaping the Shackles of Patriarchy?

Having completed her university studies in the US months prior, Dana Al-Ma’youf has been looking to secure residency there. Refusing to go back to her…

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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Escaping Death in Saydnaya Prison

Escaping Death in Saydnaya Prison

Ali Abu Dahan still awakes in the middle of the night, screaming and crying with terror. “I am still a prisoner,” he says. Seventeen years…

‘Safe Zones’: Trump’s Gateway Back to the Syrian Playing Field

‘Safe Zones’: Trump’s Gateway Back to the Syrian Playing Field

US President Donald Trump announced late last month on ABC News that he "will absolutely do safe zones in Syria" to protect the people fleeing…

The 22

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How Russia United Foes and Reclaimed the Middle East

How Russia United Foes and Reclaimed the Middle East

"Russia has been a great power for centuries, and remains so. It has always had and still has legitimate zones of interest ... We should…

Selective Memory and the Myth of Arab Heritage

Selective Memory and the Myth of Arab Heritage

Efforts are rereading Arab heritage in view of modern theories are few and far between. Too many factors stand in the way of this, not…

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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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…

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…

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…

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…