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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Egyptian Women Shake the Internet to Their Tabla

Egyptian Women Shake the Internet to Their Tabla

It is believed that bongo drums are the oldest music instruments known to humans. They were first found in the ancient civilizations of India and…

Between Fear and Cruelty: Egypt’s Refugees tell their Stories

Between Fear and Cruelty: Egypt’s Refugees tell their Stories

When the first wave of refugees hit the Middle East in the wake of the 1948 Israeli occupation of Palestine, Egypt was the only country…

Iraq

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A Visit to Iraqi Kurdistan’s First Bookstore Café

A Visit to Iraqi Kurdistan’s First Bookstore Café

Though bookstore cafés in Europe, or even in most Arab countries, are by no means a revolutionary idea by now, one little establishment named Book…

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.…

Jordan

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Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

It had been about a year since Mohamed Arabiat had graduated, and despite applying for perhaps 50 odd positions in Jordan and abroad, he had…

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…

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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The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

It is not a feasible task to try and estimate the number of Jews in Lebanon today- some say there are 200 of them.

Ashekman Take on Challenge to Create World’s Largest Aerial Graffiti

Ashekman Take on Challenge to Create World’s Largest Aerial Graffiti

In the past weeks, Beirut has been brimming with news and rumors of what is expected to be the largest work of aerial-view graffiti in…

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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Al-Qarawiyyin: A Visit to the World’s Oldest University

Al-Qarawiyyin: A Visit to the World’s Oldest University

In 245 AH/859 CE, the first edifice of al-Qarawiyyin was erected in Fes, which would constitute what would later become the oldest continually operating university campus…

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…

Palestine

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Rediscovering the Landscapes of Palestine on a Bicycle

Rediscovering the Landscapes of Palestine on a Bicycle

Away from all the commotion and hustle of city life, and the halo of light from the urban sky glow, we enter the realm of…

Slow Death for Basic Rights: Palestinian Hunger Strikers Speak Out

Slow Death for Basic Rights: Palestinian Hunger Strikers Speak Out

On April 17, over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, out of a total of 6,500 in Israeli prisons, began an open hunger strike demanding better conditions. Palestinian…

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 Story of Saudi Arabia’s First School for Girls

The Story of Saudi Arabia’s First School for Girls

At first, there was only vast desert land. Then oil was discovered at its eastern coast, and its western coast was shedding its Ottoman veneer.…

What is Forbidden and Permitted in Saudi Arabia

What is Forbidden and Permitted in Saudi Arabia

When you visit a country for the first time, at least part of your attention will be focused on getting the local laws and customs…

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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Meet the 104 Activists Advocating for LGBTQ Rights in Syria

Meet the 104 Activists Advocating for LGBTQ Rights in Syria

Discussions around sexuality in the Arab world continue to formulate, reaching new platforms and ears, despite the grave obstacles

Syrians Turn to Drugs to Forget the Burden of War

Syrians Turn to Drugs to Forget the Burden of War

May’s journey with addiction began about two years ago. Aged 23, she hails from Jabal al-Arab in the south-west of Syria. “I am a university…

The 22

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Jazz in the Arab World: Early Attempts and New Fusions

Jazz in the Arab World: Early Attempts and New Fusions

During the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, Jazz music was a strong card for the Americans with which they influenced…

Against the Hijab: An Arab Man’s Argument

Against the Hijab: An Arab Man’s Argument

As I watch my fellow students on campus wearing the hijab in solidarity with Muslims, I cannot help but to cringe silently. It is not…

Tunisia

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Zatla: The Drug of Choice for Tunisia’s Disillusioned Youth

Zatla: The Drug of Choice for Tunisia’s Disillusioned Youth

In the Tunisian dialect, zatla means pleasure or intoxication. It’s also the word used to refer to cannabis indica, or hashish as it is more…

Book Clubs Ignite Literary Passion in Tunisia

Book Clubs Ignite Literary Passion in Tunisia

Throughout Arab history, passion for literature was pervasive, and libraries were a labor of love and the pride of many a ruler. The libraries of…

United Arab Emirates

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Midwākh: The Opiate of the Gulf Masses

Midwākh: The Opiate of the Gulf Masses

A few seconds is all it takes for the effect of the long wooden midwākh to kick in—specifically seven seconds, as Dr Wedad al-Maydour of…

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…

Yemen

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Yemenis and Qāt: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Yemenis and Qāt: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Over the past 20 years, the qāt trade has become the most successful trade in Aden. Every day, thousands of women and men flock to the…

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…