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On Holiday in Iran

On Holiday in Iran

There was a swirl of fabric, and all that was left of the women I’d been sitting between on the flight to Tehran were pairs…

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

The Easy Guide to Iraqi Politics

Despite Iraq’s longstanding history, being part of the U.S. plan to manufacture a Western-style democracy by military force has brought this country’s identity and territorial…

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

The Jews of Beirut From the Viewpoint of an Israeli Historian

It is not a feasible task to try and estimate the number of Jews in Lebanon today- some say there are 200 of them.

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Asmahan: Living On the Edge

Those who know little about Asmahan would be surprised to learn that she only lived for twenty-seven years. In the few pictures of her, and…

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

Baghdad Lives On In Tel Aviv

In a narrow street packed with pedestrians and small shops stacked shoulder to shoulder, where voices of vendors mix with the conversations of patrons, a…

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

Seeking an Abortion in the Arab World

If the prospect of obtaining contraceptives is not daunting enough for a woman in the Arab world, the prospect of getting an abortion are certainly daunting. …

The American Universities in Cairo and Beirut: Return vs. Investment

The American Universities in Cairo and Beirut: Return vs. Investment

For decades, both the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the American University of Beirut (AUB) have been a dream destination for thousands of students…

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…

In Jerusalem, Palestinians Have a Choice: ‘Destroy Your Homes, Or We’ll Do It For You’

In Jerusalem, Palestinians Have a Choice: ‘Destroy Your Homes, Or We’ll Do It For You’

It was 5:30 am on the morning of  Wednesday, March 22, 2017, a date etched in Hanadi Abu Rumouz’s memory. Abu Rumouz’s husband was getting…