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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Dealing With Change: A Quarter of Bahraini Men Marrying Non Bahraini Women

Dealing With Change: A Quarter of Bahraini Men Marrying Non Bahraini Women

Every day, Mohamed Masoum goes to the shopping mall where his wife works. He would wait for her to finish her shift and then the…

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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Egypt's Virginity Tests and the Revolution's Hymen

Egypt's Virginity Tests and the Revolution's Hymen

What if Samira Ibrahim was not a virgin? This question might seem way too personal, but as a matter of fact it is closely related…

Egyptian Civil Servants Preach Islam To Women Removing the Hijab

Egyptian Civil Servants Preach Islam To Women Removing the Hijab

Numerous Egyptian girls have faced an uphill struggle to take off the veil. Tens of young women have stopped wearing the Islamic headscarf either silently…

Iraq

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Winston Churchill the War Criminal

Winston Churchill the War Criminal

Across from the House of Commons stands the powerful statue of Winston Churchill, one of the most prominent British leaders of all time. This British…

South Iraq's Armed Clans Outmuscling the State

South Iraq's Armed Clans Outmuscling the State

The Iraqi forces at any moment could lose their grip on some areas in south Iraq that are not as safe as some might think,…

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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The Marriage of Minors in Lebanon: Between the Rule of Sects and the State’s Incompetence

The Marriage of Minors in Lebanon: Between the Rule of Sects and the State’s Incompetence

"I don't want to live with him, I want to study and live with my family"...

Occasional Crimes: Violent Episodes Hidden in Lebanon

Occasional Crimes: Violent Episodes Hidden in Lebanon

This report explore a number of episodes connecting Lebanon’s "occasional crimes" and going deeper beneath the "ridiculous" rationalizations to find the real causes...

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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Morocco Bans a Book Critical of Al-Bukhari as it Threatens "Spiritual Security"

Morocco Bans a Book Critical of Al-Bukhari as it Threatens "Spiritual Security"

A Moroccan court has recently banned a book named "Sahih Al-Bukhari...The End of a Legend" by Rachid Aylal, which has stirred controversy in Morocco since…

"Robust Regimes, Fragile States": the Arab World in the Eyes of Hassan Aourid

"Robust Regimes, Fragile States": the Arab World in the Eyes of Hassan Aourid

"Elections do not create democracy. We will neither have modernity nor citizenship in the absence of a civil state. Our Arab societies cannot be torn…

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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Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reopens Its Doors, Debate Over Palestinian Property Sales

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reopens Its Doors, Debate Over Palestinian Property Sales

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem reopened on Tuesday after a three-day closure due to an unusual stalemate. The…

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…

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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Saudi Arabia's New Cybercrime Law Shields Cheating Spouses

Saudi Arabia's New Cybercrime Law Shields Cheating Spouses

Saudi Arabia's new cybercrime law, which came into effect last week, must have urged many spouses who intended to spy on their partners to have…

Saudi Women Speak Out About Achievements and Aspirations

Saudi Women Speak Out About Achievements and Aspirations

Although many new laws addressing women's rights were enacted in Saudi Arabia within a relatively short period of time, women's reality has not drastically changed…

Sudan

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15 Detentions Later, Sudanese Activist Amal Habbani Is More Tenacious Than Ever

15 Detentions Later, Sudanese Activist Amal Habbani Is More Tenacious Than Ever

"It was not the first time, but it was the most brutal," said Amal Habbani commenting on her recent month-long detention. It was the 15th…

Amal Habbani: "The Economic Crisis Is a Women's Issue"

Amal Habbani: "The Economic Crisis Is a Women's Issue"

Two days after Amal Habbani’s release from prison, she is entertaining guests in her garden. They are civil society leaders, writers, political activists – almost…

Syria

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Mending Broken Dreams While Fighting With Taxi Drivers

Mending Broken Dreams While Fighting With Taxi Drivers

The smug ego is also the defeated ego. It’s the reflection of a self whose dreams have been crushed. It knows that it must be sacrificed at the altar of inner peace, yet it stays on and fights its small, superfluous battles.

As They Buried My Leg, I Limped in Search For a Prosthetic One

As They Buried My Leg, I Limped in Search For a Prosthetic One

In a working class district crammed with Syrians in the Turkish city of Gaziantep sits a child under the age of 10 on the sidewalk…

The 22

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YouAreNotAlone: Enabling the LGBT Community to Come Out

YouAreNotAlone: Enabling the LGBT Community to Come Out

The persistent terror sponsored by governments as well as religious and social authorities against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in the Arab…

64 Tweets That Show Why The Middle East Is Doomed

64 Tweets That Show Why The Middle East Is Doomed

Wars and political upheavals over the past years do not bode well for the future of the Middle East. Some observers may argue it is…

The World

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How Unfair Are the US Media and Judiciary to Muslims?

How Unfair Are the US Media and Judiciary to Muslims?

If you are a Muslim Arab, the western media will show a great deal of interest in reporting any crime you commit, although the very…

An Arab Beyond the Framework of Islam or Religion

An Arab Beyond the Framework of Islam or Religion

“Is your family religious?” is almost consistently the follow up question to someone asking me where I am from.

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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Marib: the Winner in the Yemen War

Marib: the Winner in the Yemen War

Over the past three years, Marib has developed to an extent that would have never been achieved had the town enjoyed peace and stability. Once…

The Yemeni Messiahs: 800 Years Ago Jews and Muslims Had Messianic Appearances

The Yemeni Messiahs: 800 Years Ago Jews and Muslims Had Messianic Appearances

A savior or an impostor? A question raised among Muslims and Jews alike in Yemen in the mid 12th century, when a man called Ali…