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 Press Syndicate, and the Plight of Online Journalists

Egypt's Press Syndicate, and the Plight of Online Journalists

After years of working for the independent news website, AlBawabh News, Egyptian journalist Ahmed Fathallah was fired in August 2016, along with about 40 of…

Creative Cities: Mapping an Alternative Downtown Cairo

Creative Cities: Mapping an Alternative Downtown Cairo

Navigating the teeming streets of the Egyptian capital is often akin to an attempt to map out a labyrinthine urban landscape—mediated by obstacles that range…

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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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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Inside Beirut’s Most Notorious Brothels During the ‘Mad Years’

Inside Beirut’s Most Notorious Brothels During the ‘Mad Years’

Umm Walid, Marika Spiridon, Afaf, and Kuchuk Hanem… Names forever engraved in Beirut’s history, where prostitution was commonplace, attracting pleasure seekers in all their different…

Roula Sleiman: The First Female Bishop in the Middle East

Roula Sleiman: The First Female Bishop in the Middle East

For the first time historically, the male monopoly over the clergy in Eastern Christian churches has been shattered. Roula Sleiman has become the first female…

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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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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The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

Armed with an arsenal of fatwas, a number of Saudi sheikhs gathered forces to launch a campaign aiming to revile singing, and by extension singers.…

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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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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On the Refugee Trail—Part II: A Syrian Army Defector Lands in Iraqi Kurdistan

On the Refugee Trail—Part II: A Syrian Army Defector Lands in Iraqi Kurdistan

In a trip that set him up against smugglers and land mines, and cost him his most prized possessions, Suar fled to Iraqi Kurdistan to…

A Letter to Our Younger Selves on March 15

A Letter to Our Younger Selves on March 15

Waking up on yet another March 15, I think about that younger, more naive version of myself from six long years ago, on the morning…

The 22

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Arab Songs About Homosexuality, Polyamory, and Gender

Arab Songs About Homosexuality, Polyamory, and Gender

Young artists changing the conversations on liberal values and personal freedoms in the Arab world.

Arab Women at War: Battles, Assassinations, and Army Leaders

Arab Women at War: Battles, Assassinations, and Army Leaders

Throughout Islamic history, women have played a prominent role in war. Aisha, considered the mother of all believers, was part of the Battle of the…

Tunisia

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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…

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,…

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…