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  • Rebels at the Porthole

    Rebels at the Porthole
    Three years ago, the term “rebel,” when used by the Western media in reference to Libya, conjured up images of unlikely young fighters who took up arms for the first time against an unju...

Culture

  • Reading Ferdowsi in Tehran

    Reading Ferdowsi in Tehran
    Despite numerous changes over the years, classical texts have remained the basis for Persian literature studies in Iranian schools, from the old madrasas to the present day. This has led to ...

Editorial

  • Editorial: Algeria’s Tragicomedy

    Editorial: Algeria’s Tragicomedy
    As presidential elections on April 17 draw nearer, Algerians are both protesting and joking about three-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for an unprecedented fourth te...

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  • Iran’s Fourth Estate

    Iran’s Fourth Estate
    The state of the Iranian media can serve as a bellwether for understanding where the country is headed. In the past, the restrictions under which Iranian journalists had to operate fluctuate...
Mahmud El-Shafey
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on : Sunday, 20 Apr, 2014

Code of Honor

Egypt is a country with many faces and a country that continually finds itself at the center of attention. One facet of Egypt’s complex culture that has only recently drawn international interest is al-tar—the vendetta. Although blood feuds have long been a defining feature of Upper Egypt, the custom made headlines earlier this month when at least twenty-four people died in Aswan over a period of two days in a series of revenge killings between Nubian villagers from Daboud and member...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 18 Apr, 2014

WHO to meet with Saudi over MERS

Jeddah and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Fears surrounding the MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia are on the rise following the announcement earlier this week that the death toll has reached 71, while Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases have also been reported in the UAE and other Gulf states. The Saudi Health Ministry reported that a Jeddah resident had died from MERS brought on by the coronavirus on Wednesday, while five others had been infected, bringing the total number of infecti...

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Tafline Laylin
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on : Friday, 18 Apr, 2014

Back to Balance

Located in the southwest of Yemen close to the pre-1990 border that once divided the country into North and South, the city of Taiz has long been known for its thriving busines...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Lebanon: Geagea reveals platform amid Gemayel candidacy rumors

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Lebanese presidential elections campaign gained momentum Wednesday, with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announcing his electoral platform and...

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Clarissa Pharr
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on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Arab Art’s Social Adjustment

Over the past few years, a sharper lens has been focused on the Arab world’s contemporary arts and culture sectors. But as they have continued to grow across the region they ...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Iraq closes Abu Ghraib prison amid security fears

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq announced on Tuesday that it has closed the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, amid security concerns following the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS...

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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Rebooting Gulf-China Trade

Two of the most important blocs in the shifting global economy came together in March, when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang used the visit of Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia to expr...

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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

The Liberals in Erdoğan’s Wake

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may still be the most popular leader in Turkey, but the bloom is off the rose when it comes to his image as the man changing Turkey. That b...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Barghouti’s release a “priority” for Abbas, says prisoner’s wife

Paris, Asharq Al-Awsat—Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains committed to securing the release of popular Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, a “priority” for his ...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Party Pilots

Now that the local elections are over, with a resounding victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey is seeking the answer to a new question: will he run for the p...

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