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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 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.

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…

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…

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

If the prospect of obtaining contraceptives is not daunting enough for a woman in the Arab world, the prospect of getting an abortion are certainly daunting. …

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…

In Jerusalem, Palestinians Have a Choice: ‘Destroy Your Homes, Or We’ll Do It For You’

In Jerusalem, Palestinians Have a Choice: ‘Destroy Your Homes, Or We’ll Do It For You’

It was 5:30 am on the morning of  Wednesday, March 22, 2017, a date etched in Hanadi Abu Rumouz’s memory. Abu Rumouz’s husband was getting…

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…

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Ashraf, with his handsome features and candid smile, has become the target of accusations among his friends of being the harbinger of bad luck to…