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Laura Cesaretti
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on : Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014

Mindful Aid

Doctor Wissam works at the Crisis Intervention Center for Psychosocial Trauma in Kilis, a Turkish border town and well-travelled crossing point for both Syrian refugees and contraband dealers. Wissam is a Syrian psychiatrist who used to work at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Damascus before the violence erupted. He explains that the Ibn Sina, along with the Ibn Khaldoun hospital in Aleppo, were the two main psychiatric hospitals in the country, but both have now been destroyed in the conflict. Hun...

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Ahu Özyurt
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on : Monday, 21 Apr, 2014

Partners for Peace

The recent local elections in Turkey attracted several claims of irregularities, but one of the undisputed outcomes of the polls was the fact that the Kurds have become a political power to be reckoned with, both in Turkey’s southeast and beyond. The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) took the provinces of Mardin, Bitlis and Ağrı from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and increased the number of cities it won from eight to eleven. The party even sought to make a...

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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 i...

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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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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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