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Laura Cesaretti
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on : Monday, 14 Apr, 2014

War-torn Education

The Syrian education system is being attacked on many fronts. The first onslaught was the loss of life and displacement of students and teachers. Those who remained in the war zones saw the destruction of schools; the classrooms that still stand are often used as barracks, or even prisons. Lessons, where possible, are cobbled together in “bunker schools” in underground concrete cells or the homes of teachers, who go to great lengths to prevent an illiterate generation. The old Syr...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Friday, 28 Mar, 2014

City on the Brink

Friday dawn, March 21, 2014 Istanbul these days is suffused by a sense of the absurd. Its effervescent fin-de-sièclism assails the newly arrived visitor to the city from their first steps through the Babel-like mix of nationalities queuing at passport control—Iranians over for Nowruz, the Persian New Year; tall, fair couples from Eastern Europe and Russia standing alongside each other like paired giraffes; Arabs hailing their relatives as they shuffle through the line—to th...

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Dilan Raphiann
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on : Sunday, 16 Mar, 2014

Halabja in Perspective

The chemical weapons attack on Halabja in 1988 remains one of the worst crimes committed against a civilian population in recent history. Today, twenty-six years later, Iraqi Kurds...

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Joseph Braude
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on : Friday, 7 Mar, 2014

A Commercial for China

Ratings matter to commercial radio and television because the size of the audience determines the price of sponsors’ airtime. But should they also matter to government-backed...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Tuesday, 4 Mar, 2014

Melancholia ad Aegyptum

It is an early spring morning in Alexandria's waterfront Ramla Square and a distinguished-looking man—neither local nor fully foreign in his appearance—sits at on...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Monday, 24 Feb, 2014

A Normal (Refugee) Life

Dinner in the desert turned out to be fish, cooked the Syrian way. Back home, in the countryside around Hama, landowner Abu Hamza owned several fisheries. “The fish in Jordan...

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Malik Al-Abdeh
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on : Tuesday, 11 Feb, 2014

Dreaming of Sweden

Khalil was only seventeen when he decided to take up arms. After attending anti-government demonstrations in his home city of Latakia, he fled to the nearby Turkmen Mountains, ...

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Cathy Otten
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on : Friday, 7 Feb, 2014

Caught in the Anbar Crossfire

In the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Erbil, Yassir Qasr, aged thirty, leans over and shows me a photo on his phone of his house in Fallujah. The yellow cement wall is pockmarked with bul...

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Amjad Yamin
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on : Friday, 31 Jan, 2014

From Darfur to Amman

The middle-aged man could pass for any Jordanian. Wearing a clean, casual jacket and swathed in perfume, he takes another stroll around the school-turned-community-center to ma...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Monday, 20 Jan, 2014

Jordan’s Ghost Camp

The vast and empty desert does not seem like the place to build a city. High winds sweep the barren land. Temperatures soar to more than 40 degrees Celsius in the summer and pl...

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