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Swimming in Sewage: Egypt Gambles on the Lives of Sanitation Workers

Swimming in Sewage: Egypt Gambles on the Lives of Sanitation Workers

Before he submerges into the sewers, Mustafa El-Sayed, 55, takes off his shoes so that they won’t disintegrate in the filth down below, choosing instead…

10 Things Lebanese People Like to Blame on Syrian Refugees

10 Things Lebanese People Like to Blame on Syrian Refugees

Though there is no doubt that Lebanon hosts an enormous number of Syrian refugees, also evident is the manner in which the Lebanese authorities—and citizens—have…

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…

The Quest for Mental Health Awareness in the Arab World

The Quest for Mental Health Awareness in the Arab World

Before her first cigarette is even extinguished, Sahar grabs another. In her small home in Beirut, the 30-year-old woman has finally found a sense of…

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…

Can Feminism be Islamic? In Search of Women’s Rights in Islam

Can Feminism be Islamic? In Search of Women’s Rights in Islam

For many, the term “Islamic feminist” may seem like an oxymoron, but when it was coined in the 1990s by Iranian activist Ziba Mir-Hosseini, it…