Articles tagged with: Politics

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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Malik Al-Abdeh
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on : Wednesday, 6 Nov, 2013

The Arabic Slur

Arabs pride themselves on a language that has not changed all that much in 1,400 years. It remains tethered to the Qu'ran, that linguistic point of reference that stands out as a preeminent piece of literature as well as a divinely inspired book of guidance. If asked what made the Qu'ran so special, Arabs will invariably tell you that it is balagha, which translates as “eloquence,” and which in practice means conveying an intelligible meaning in as few words as possible. You may think th...

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Alex Edwards
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on : Saturday, 27 Jul, 2013

Iran Behind the Headlines

Iran is a country that, in many ways, proves the old saying that “no news is good news.” When the country does appear in the world’s media, it is invariably a story about h...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Wednesday, 10 Jul, 2013

Egypt: New PM seeks to form cabinet

LONDON, Asharq Al-Awsat—Opponents and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi have criticized a new constitutional declaration granting interim president Adly M...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 22 Jun, 2013

Refusing the Politics of Piety

In 2012, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi went from being Sudan’s most celebrated poet to a political refugee. His poetry anthologies Songs of Solitude and the Sultan’s Labyrinth, published ...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

Iraqi political tensions worsen amidst further violence

BAGHDAD, Asharq Al-Awsat—More than half of all Iraqi MPs boycotted an emergency parliamentary session held yesterday to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the coun...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Wednesday, 15 May, 2013

Egypt in midst of petition war

CAIRO, Asharq Al-Awsat—Responding to the Tamarod (Rebellion) petition seeking to oust Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi—which at last count had gathered more than two millio...

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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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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Friday, 12 Apr, 2013

Palestinian PM Set to Resign

RAMALLAH, Asharq Al-Awsat—Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tendered his resignation earlier this week over a dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas. Fayyad’s resignat...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Wednesday, 26 Sep, 2012

Ve

Ve Providing an illusion of unity: what Turkish use of the common-or-garden conjunction 'and' tells us about Turkey. Ve [Veh] conj. and Modern English loves adjectives. ...

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