Algeria

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Tlemcen, Algeria: The Jewish Holy Land of North Africa

Tlemcen, Algeria: The Jewish Holy Land of North Africa

Darb al-Yahoud, or the Jews’ Path, is one of the most prominent neighborhoods in the Algerian city of Tlemcen that lies on the border with…

License to Draw: Algerian Caricatures Cross the Red Lines

License to Draw: Algerian Caricatures Cross the Red Lines

In Algeria, people start reading newspapers from the back. The last page, or the caricature page, attracts readers and competes with journalistic articles. It only…

Bahrain

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The (non) Prestige of a Regime : Bahrain Edition

The (non) Prestige of a Regime : Bahrain Edition

Nabeel Rajab, a well-known activist and opponent to the Khalifa regime, has been denied freedom from his jail term because he apparently “undermined the prestige…

Egypt

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The Inhumane Conditions Egyptian Workers Experience in Jordan

The Inhumane Conditions Egyptian Workers Experience in Jordan

Last month, an Egyptian worker was killed and his colleague injured when the ceiling of their wretched residence, located in a farm north of Jordan,…

The Mutilation of My Genitals: When the "Barber" Visited Us

The Mutilation of My Genitals: When the "Barber" Visited Us

I can never wipe out the memory of that day. The sun was setting when the "barber" of the village came, carrying a briefcase similar…

Iraq

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What Does "Tribally Wanted" Mean in Iraq?

What Does "Tribally Wanted" Mean in Iraq?

It is not uncommon in Iraq to see "tribally wanted" emblazoned in red paint on residential buildings to declare that the owners of the marked…

Seeking The Details That I Fear

Seeking The Details That I Fear

I devote myself to the reading of Iraqi novels. I gain familiarity with the East Karrada district and learn to distinguish it –in my mind's…

Jordan

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The Inhumane Conditions Egyptian Workers Experience in Jordan

The Inhumane Conditions Egyptian Workers Experience in Jordan

Last month, an Egyptian worker was killed and his colleague injured when the ceiling of their wretched residence, located in a farm north of Jordan,…

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…

Kuwait

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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…

Kuwait’s Elections: Islamist vs. Comedian

Kuwait’s Elections: Islamist vs. Comedian

The election season has begun in Kuwait, with elections due on November 26, 2016. In the five electoral districts of the country, a total of…

Lebanon

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Millennials and Specialty Coffee: a Story, a Saga and a Love Affair

Millennials and Specialty Coffee: a Story, a Saga and a Love Affair

Specialty coffee shops offer a different experience to customers, here is what they promise and why they are popular

Lebanese Elections and the Disarmament of Hezbollah: the Ultimate Test

Lebanese Elections and the Disarmament of Hezbollah: the Ultimate Test

After the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri, the Lebanese society was divided over Hezbollah and its firepower, either supporting the March 8 Alliance…

Libya

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Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

On October 20, 2011, eight months after the outbreak of the revolution in Libya, deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in a video. He was captured…

Morocco

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Window Into Tangier

Window Into Tangier

Tangier: the city whose landscape is like a palimpsest of histories, cultures and cosmopolitan identities.

The Horrendous Case Of The Collective Rape On A Moroccan Bus

The Horrendous Case Of The Collective Rape On A Moroccan Bus

A minute long video was shared on social media platforms on the 20th of august, showing a horrendous scene: a group of four teenagers, all…

Oman

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Sailing the Seven Seas: From Myths to Unlikely Friendships

Sailing the Seven Seas: From Myths to Unlikely Friendships

An unlikely friendship between sailors and a sultan, and the powerful role of the sea in Islamic history

Palestine

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Al-Sabireen: an Iran-Backed Palestinian Movement in the Style of Hezbollah

Al-Sabireen: an Iran-Backed Palestinian Movement in the Style of Hezbollah

"Jerusalem will be liberated, God willing as the guide of the Islamic revolution in Iran, imam [Ali] Khamenei said," stated Hisham Salem, the Secretary General…

Saint Hilarion Monastery: 1800 Years of Christianity in Gaza

Saint Hilarion Monastery: 1800 Years of Christianity in Gaza

A myriad of monuments are scattered over 25 acres in the heart of the Gaza Strip. The large parcel of land in the village of…

Qatar

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The Easy Guide to Politics in Qatar

The Easy Guide to Politics in Qatar

When was Qatar founded? In his book The Political History of Qatar, Ahmad Zakaria al-Shaleq marks the triumph of the al-Thani tribe over the other…

Saudi Arabia

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The Last Fatwa on the Abaya: to Wear It or Not to Wear It

The Last Fatwa on the Abaya: to Wear It or Not to Wear It

On his radio program, high-profile Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutlaq said that women were not obliged to wear the abaya -- the loose-fitting, full-length robe that adult…

Islam and Jail: the Prophet Used Wives' Houses and Mosques as Prison Facilities

Islam and Jail: the Prophet Used Wives' Houses and Mosques as Prison Facilities

Not only was Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Medina a mosque and a meeting point of the Prophet and his companions, but…

Sudan

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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, …

Arak Survives Religion and Prohibition in Sudan

Arak Survives Religion and Prohibition in Sudan

Despite the implementation of Sharia in Sudan, the drinking culture that dates back millennia has survived, Raseef22 has discovered

Syria

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Syria's Child Truck Drivers: a Necessity in a Vacuum

Syria's Child Truck Drivers: a Necessity in a Vacuum

Khaled is yet to turn 14 but has already been driving his father's water truck for two years in the city of Idlib, with many…

Add Your Daughter to a Marriage Ban List in Syria?

Add Your Daughter to a Marriage Ban List in Syria?

Kathrin from Jabal al-Arab, which the Druze community in southern Syria inhabits, fled to Homs to marry a non Druze. The 18-year-old girl did not…

The 22

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Millennials and Specialty Coffee: a Story, a Saga and a Love Affair

Millennials and Specialty Coffee: a Story, a Saga and a Love Affair

Specialty coffee shops offer a different experience to customers, here is what they promise and why they are popular

The Story of the Shammar Tribe, the Indigenous Inhabitants of the Region

The Story of the Shammar Tribe, the Indigenous Inhabitants of the Region

Before developing into nation states in the Arab world, tribes played a pivotal role in establishing borders. The transformation of the Arab tribe of Shammar…

The World

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The Falashas: the Ongoing Suffering of the Lost Jews

The Falashas: the Ongoing Suffering of the Lost Jews

They carried as much luggage as they can in the year 1862 to relive the ordeal of Moses and his people. Thousands of those who…

Countering “Violent Islam”

Countering “Violent Islam”

“Islam promotes violence”. This statement has become almost blasé in this day and age, used as a trope by journalists, political pundits and world leaders…

Tunisia

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Is Tunisia "an Anomaly" in the Arab World's Experience with Democratic Change?

Is Tunisia "an Anomaly" in the Arab World's Experience with Democratic Change?

The Arab Spring was, arguably, the most important revolutionary moment in the Middle East’s modern history. It began in Tunisia with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in…

Zatla: The Drug of Choice for Tunisia’s Disillusioned Youth

Zatla: The Drug of Choice for Tunisia’s Disillusioned Youth

In the Tunisian dialect, zatla means pleasure or intoxication. It’s also the word used to refer to cannabis indica, or hashish as it is more…

United Arab Emirates

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Midwākh: The Opiate of the Gulf Masses

Midwākh: The Opiate of the Gulf Masses

A few seconds is all it takes for the effect of the long wooden midwākh to kick in—specifically seven seconds, as Dr Wedad al-Maydour of…

Forbidden in the UAE: What You Should Know Before Visiting

Forbidden in the UAE: What You Should Know Before Visiting

There is a general perception, among Arabs especially, that the UAE is a haven of freedom. What most don’t know is that there is a…

Yemen

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A City of Gardens, Greeks and Turks: the City of Sanaa in the 19th Century

A City of Gardens, Greeks and Turks: the City of Sanaa in the 19th Century

"The city is very beautiful, the houses are large and wonderful, fully built with cut stones and brownish-red bricks. Roads are wide and clean, people…

Yemenis and Qāt: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Yemenis and Qāt: A Game of Cat and Mouse

Over the past 20 years, the qāt trade has become the most successful trade in Aden. Every day, thousands of women and men flock to the…