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On Holiday in Iran

On Holiday in Iran

There was a swirl of fabric, and all that was left of the women I’d been sitting between on the flight to Tehran were pairs…

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

Despite Iraq’s longstanding history, being part of the U.S. plan to manufacture a Western-style democracy by military force has brought this country’s identity and territorial…

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Those who know little about Asmahan would be surprised to learn that she only lived for twenty-seven years. In the few pictures of her, and…

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

In a narrow street packed with pedestrians and small shops stacked shoulder to shoulder, where voices of vendors mix with the conversations of patrons, a…

Takfiri Islam: Muslims violating Muslims

Takfiri Islam: Muslims violating Muslims

Recently, there has been much talk about so-called Takfiris – extremist Islamists who declare their opponents as apostates. But most of the discourse on Takfiris…

Arab-Iranian Relations: A Past That Hampers The Future

Arab-Iranian Relations: A Past That Hampers The Future

“Arabi ‘Ilm Ast, Parsi Shikar Ast”, Arabic is knowledge but Persian is sweetness, goes a famous Iranian saying. We Arabs and Iranians are close, yet…

The Art of Tyrants in the Middle East

The Art of Tyrants in the Middle East

In the Arab world, poets and artists have parodied despots in several guises. Sometimes, the representation is anonymous, as it is with the street art…

Arab Models in the Age of Radicalism

Arab Models in the Age of Radicalism

The Arab world introduced many famous names to the modeling industry in the eighties. They were elusive legends until Arab radicalism came along and chastised…

Porn in the Middle East – The Elephant in The Room

Porn in the Middle East – The Elephant in The Room

  There was a time when finding pornography in the Arab world meant going to a shady side-street VHS tape vendor, casting a furtive glance…