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Unspeakable Practices: Forced Hysterectomies for Egypt’s Disabled Daughters

Unspeakable Practices: Forced Hysterectomies for Egypt’s Disabled Daughters

Salwa, 45, finished work and rushed out to catch her bus home, returning to her 15-year-old daughter. Her daughter, Farah Mohammed Ibrahim, suffers from an…

Does Censorship Whet People’s Appetites for Information?

Does Censorship Whet People’s Appetites for Information?

As tensions between Gulf states reached new peaks following the fake news on leaked statements by Qatari leader Emir Hamad bin Hamad al-Thani, a wave…

Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

It had been about a year since Mohamed Arabiat had graduated, and despite applying for perhaps 50 odd positions in Jordan and abroad, he had…

Swimming in Sewage: Gambling on the Lives of Egypt's Sanitation Workers

Swimming in Sewage: Gambling on the Lives of Egypt's 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…

Legalize It! Attempts to Decriminalize Hashish in the Arab World

Legalize It! Attempts to Decriminalize Hashish in the Arab World

“Hashish is illegal, and alcohol is legal. But why? One causes inebriation, and the other is inebriating. Both are forbidden. Both damage your health. Hashish…

Past Attempts at Kurdish Independence: Five Failed Republics

Past Attempts at Kurdish Independence: Five Failed Republics

"If we go back in history, the Republic of Mahabad in northern Iran was extremely rushed, causing a huge setback for Kurdish hope for decades."…

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…