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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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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 have faced a common challenge: limited access to sustainable support and adequate funding infrastructure. The issue inspired long-time Dubai-based communications and media professional, Vida Rizq, along with her husband Lotfi Bencheikh, to come up with a new way of providing support to this burgeoning creative scene. ...

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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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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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Mona Alami
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on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Pushed out of Home

A wave of protests has been rocking Lebanon of late, with university students and public sector employees rallying against the high cost of living. Civil defense volunteers tak...

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Arash Aramesh
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

A Visa or a Victory

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. That seems to be the case with Senator Ted Cruz, the firebrand Tea Party senator from Texas, who earlier this week proposed a bill to...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Thursday, 10 Apr, 2014

Little Latakia

It is 11:30 pm on a Tuesday night, and Café Latakia is packed. Rows of men have crammed into the tiny darkened space, eyes fixed on the glowing screen that is the only source of l...

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Catherine Shakdam
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on : Wednesday, 9 Apr, 2014

Ministry of Apathy

Back in March, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi announced a change in leadership at the Interior Ministry. Most Yemenis watched the appointment of Maj. Gen. Abdo Al-Tara...

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Mina Al-Droubi
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on : Tuesday, 8 Apr, 2014

Marrying Off Girls

A proposed law in Iraq would restrict women’s rights by permitting girls as young as nine to wed. If passed, the Ja'afari Personal Status Law (whose name is derived from Imam...

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Ali Hussein Bakeer
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on : Monday, 7 Apr, 2014

A Turkish Double Act

There are many people who would agree with the description of Abdullah Gül as being the cool logic to the fiery emotion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan is rooted in the wor...

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