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When Bashar Al-Assad Was God

When Bashar Al-Assad Was God

Date: May 28, 2007. Category: Local Affairs. Publisher: Al-Thawra (Revolution) Newspaper, Syria. Title: “The Masses: We Have Voted for Hope and for the Future.” This…

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,…

From Honor Crimes to 'Self-deflowering': Six Bizarre Traditions that Single out Arab Women

From Honor Crimes to 'Self-deflowering': Six Bizarre Traditions that Single out Arab Women

In the Arab world, where women have yet to achieve many of their rights, bizarre and outright appalling traditions continue to weigh heavily on their lives.

The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon: A Kafkaesque Nightmare

The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon: A Kafkaesque Nightmare

“All the officials papers, seals, stamps, and certificates [we have to get] are no big deal; they can be easily obtained. All but the Syrian…

Shaq El Tho’ban: Child Labor Fuels Egypt’s Marble Industry

Shaq El Tho’ban: Child Labor Fuels Egypt’s Marble Industry

Abdullah, age nine, has been working his way up the chain of command in a small marble workshop in Shaq El Tho’ban—one of the largest…

The Invisible Claws: Are Real Estate Prices Killing Arab Economies?

The Invisible Claws: Are Real Estate Prices Killing Arab Economies?

In his book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith makes the provocative claim that beneath that chaotic system of individual haggling over prices, there is…

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…

Hymen Obsessions: A Historical Overview

Hymen Obsessions: A Historical Overview

One need only listen to the words of popular Egyptian wedding songs to recognize one central “asset” defining the Arab understanding of honor: women’s virginity…

From the Streets to the Screen: Violence and Discrimination in Egyptian Ads

From the Streets to the Screen: Violence and Discrimination in Egyptian Ads

Last August, a gym in Cairo published an ad that met with a lot of backlash due to what many described as its sexism and…