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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…

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…

Loopholes and Clerics Endorse Child Brides in Egypt

Loopholes and Clerics Endorse Child Brides in Egypt

Nada agreed to be engaged by the age of 15, taking her mother's advice that "a good girl gets engaged and married early on". But…

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. …

Oil in Lebanon: Gift or Curse?

Oil in Lebanon: Gift or Curse?

In December 2009, a US energy company, Noble Energy, discovered oil and gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin.  The area, dubbed the Levant Basin,…