Articles tagged with: Middle East

Joseph Braude
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on : Thursday, 9 Jan, 2014

South Koreans on Arab Airwaves

As a child at home in the United States I used to listen to broadcasts from faraway places via shortwave radio, the transmission typically uneven and full of static. Today those distant voices come in clear as a bell, via streaming audio on any smartphone. Late the other night I was surfing Arabic radio stations, from Baghdad to Algiers, and by chance heard two women speaking the language impeccably—but with a peculiar accent. “Dear listeners,” one of them asked, “how did you ...

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Clarissa Pharr
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on : Saturday, 28 Dec, 2013

Unwitting Ambassadors

Recently, while attending a conference in New York focused on art and social change, an Egyptian artist remarked: "We have to make art about Tahrir, or the revolution, to get noticed." This was offered up as a joke, and drew knowing laughter from the audience in attendance—but some of those among the crowd could detect a subtle, yet sobering, edge. “How many more projects do we need to see with titles like ‘Voices of the Arab Youth?’” asked yet another artist in attendance. Up...

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Mina Al-Droubi
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on : Saturday, 21 Sep, 2013

A Question of Freedom

“Freedom is when someone can express their ideas and choices without fear and embarrassment,” Syrian artist Khaled Takreti tells The Majalla about the subject of his latest...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Monday, 5 Aug, 2013

US extends Middle East embassy closures

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The US announced that several American embassies across the Middle East and Africa will remain closed this week, after more than 20 were closed on Sunday ...

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Caryle Murphy
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on : Wednesday, 17 Jul, 2013

Will Washington Push for Women’s Rights?

The rights of women across the Middle East have become major casualties of the protracted political turmoil and violence that have been blighting the region for over two years now....

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Ali Gokpinar
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on : Monday, 1 Jul, 2013

The Turkish Model

In an unprecedented move, in late December 2012 Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government started negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to resolve ...

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David Andrew Weinberg
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on : Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

Going AWOL?

It has been over two years since a wave of protests and revolutions rocked the Arab world, and we have yet to see whether these initial openings will be consolidated into durable, ...

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Thomas Hegghammer
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on : Monday, 13 May, 2013

Ten Years, and Ten Lessons, Later

STANFORD, Asharq Al-Awsat—Ten years ago yesterday, the Saudi capital, Riyadh, was rocked by three near-simultaneous suicide bombings at housing compounds for expatriates. Ove...

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Nicholas Blincoe
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on : Saturday, 4 May, 2013

Buried Treasures

The four small rooms that hold the Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective at the Tate Modern truly offer the most surprising and enjoyable experience available in London this summer....

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Nat Muller
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on : Monday, 15 Apr, 2013

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Lebanese artist Walid Raad rose to international acclaim in the early 2000s with The Atlas Group, established in Lebanon in 1999 with Raad as its only known member. The Atlas Group...

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