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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…

Creative Cities: Mapping an Alternative Downtown Cairo

Creative Cities: Mapping an Alternative Downtown Cairo

Navigating the teeming streets of the Egyptian capital is often akin to an attempt to map out a labyrinthine urban landscape—mediated by obstacles that range…

On the Refugee Trail—Part III: A Journey to Europe in a Coffin-like Box

On the Refugee Trail—Part III: A Journey to Europe in a Coffin-like Box

Syrian refugee Bahar Nimr worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Domiz Camp for three years, before deciding to travel to Europe. Smuggled out in…

The Death Rattle of Islamic State’s Moroccan Fighters

The Death Rattle of Islamic State’s Moroccan Fighters

As the siege on Islamic State closes in, particularly in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and Raqqa in Syria, the fate of Moroccan fighters is…

Inside Beirut’s Most Notorious Brothels During the ‘Mad Years’

Inside Beirut’s Most Notorious Brothels During the ‘Mad Years’

Umm Walid, Marika Spiridon, Afaf, and Kuchuk Hanem… Names forever engraved in Beirut’s history, where prostitution was commonplace, attracting pleasure seekers in all their different…

The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

The Celebrity Victims of Fatwas in Saudi Arabia

Armed with an arsenal of fatwas, a number of Saudi sheikhs gathered forces to launch a campaign aiming to revile singing, and by extension singers.…

Eat and Don’t Pay: How Egyptians Deal With Rising Prices

Eat and Don’t Pay: How Egyptians Deal With Rising Prices

In a large store frequented by Egypt’s middle and upper-middle class, the decline in customers was noticeable. A woman, clutching her son in-hand, attempted to…

Death Road: The Journey of an Illegal Migrant Through the Egyptian Desert

Death Road: The Journey of an Illegal Migrant Through the Egyptian Desert

The Court of Appeals in Cairo had sentenced me to three-year jail time in absentia on charges of spreading false news. Overnight, I had become…

The Taste of the Wolf: A Tale of Vengeance, Manhood, and Violence

The Taste of the Wolf: A Tale of Vengeance, Manhood, and Violence

From the days of old, the desert has always been the muse of Arab poets, acting as the ultimate provoker of philosophical contemplation, in the…