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Captagon: The Ins and Outs of the Middle East’s Notorious ‘War Amphetamine’

Captagon: The Ins and Outs of the Middle East’s Notorious ‘War Amphetamine’

Captagon is a type of amphetamine in pill form, most commonly found in the Middle East. Its active ingredient is fenethylline hydrochloride. In recent years,…

Acid Attacks in Egypt: Violence Undeterred by Light Punishment

Acid Attacks in Egypt: Violence Undeterred by Light Punishment

Heba Hosni still remembers the day she wailed helplessly at a north Cairo court after hearing the judge pronouncing the verdict in November 2017: the…

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…

The Top 10 Arab Universities

The Top 10 Arab Universities

No longer a privilege allotted to a select few, higher education is now a requirement in the Arab world, tied in with everything from social…

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, …

Fayoum: Combating Extremism in a City Without Arts and Culture

Fayoum: Combating Extremism in a City Without Arts and Culture

"One way or another we will tear down the church!" chanted Muslim locals in Kafr El-Wasleen village near Cairo while demolishing the building and attacking…

Coming out of the Homophobic Closet

Coming out of the Homophobic Closet

On the week of May 15 to May 21, Beirut held a series of significant events marking Pride. It is worth noting that this was…

Everything You Wanted to Know about Dating in Kuwait but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Dating in Kuwait but Were Afraid to Ask

Dating is challenging anywhere, but dating in conservative countries like those of the Arabian Gulf is a grand adventure. But life always finds a way. Young…

Cross Dressers Seeking to Revive Morocco's Aita Folk Music

Cross Dressers Seeking to Revive Morocco's Aita Folk Music

On a makeshift stage in Casablanca eight men perform wearing women's outfits, a band resurrecting the nearly forgotten historical Moroccan genre of Aita music. The…