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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,…

Egypt's Press Syndicate, and the Plight of Online Journalists

Egypt's Press Syndicate, and the Plight of Online Journalists

After years of working for the independent news website, AlBawabh News, Egyptian journalist Ahmed Fathallah was fired in August 2016, along with about 40 of…

The Top 10 Arab Universities

The Top 10 Arab Universities

No longer a privilege allotted to a select few, higher education is now a requirement in the Arab world, tied in with everything from social…

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, …

Coming out of the Homophobic Closet

Coming out of the Homophobic Closet

On the week of May 15 to May 21, Beirut held a series of significant events marking Pride. It is worth noting that this was…

Everything You Wanted to Know about Dating in Kuwait but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Dating in Kuwait but Were Afraid to Ask

Dating is challenging anywhere, but dating in conservative countries like those of the Arabian Gulf is a grand adventure. But life always finds a way. Young…

Closing the Gender Gap in the Arab World Will Take 356 Years

Closing the Gender Gap in the Arab World Will Take 356 Years

Discrimination against women in Arab societies is not news, in a region characterized by the lowest levels of female public participation, in spite of the…

Graffiti in Egypt and the Failed Rhetoric of Rebellion

Graffiti in Egypt and the Failed Rhetoric of Rebellion

“Ahmed + Mona = Love Forever”, “Abbas for President”, “If women don’t veil, rising prices will prevail”, “Have some respect and don’t litter, you animal”.…

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…