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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…

An Intimate Exchange With Cairo’s Cabaret Girls

An Intimate Exchange With Cairo’s Cabaret Girls

As the clock struck midnight, announcing the start of a new day in Cairo, I quickened my pace as I headed to my next destination.…

The Colorful Coverings of the Ka'bah

The Colorful Coverings of the Ka'bah

In the eyes of many Muslims, and indeed of any person with minimal exposure to the region and the religion of Islam, the Holy Ka'bah is inextricably…

Captagon: The Ins and Outs of the Middle East’s Notorious ‘War Amphetamine’

Captagon: The Ins and Outs of the Middle East’s Notorious ‘War Amphetamine’

Captagon is a type of amphetamine in pill form, most commonly found in the Middle East. Its active ingredient is fenethylline hydrochloride. In recent years,…

‘Castrate Them’: Unusual Solutions for Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic

‘Castrate Them’: Unusual Solutions for Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic

Recently, Egyptian MP Zeinab Salem suggested a somewhat extreme solution for an epidemic that Egypt has been chin-deep in for decades: “Castrate sexual harassers!” she…

‘The Arab World Can No Longer Ignore Data Journalism’: ADP and Raseef22

‘The Arab World Can No Longer Ignore Data Journalism’: ADP and Raseef22

“When information was scarce, most of our efforts were devoted to hunting and gathering. Now that information is abundant, processing is more important,” said precision…