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A camel wanders as an oil instillation looms in the distance in Saudi Arabia.  While countries like Saudi Arabia are reliant on the sale of oil, this production contributes to harmful climate change that may make much of the region uninhabitable by 2100, writes Juan Cole.  (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
May 06, 2016 - 04:35 GMT
Climate change may make much of the Middle East too hot for humans within the century; an Iranian photographer tackles the pain and loss of acid attacks; and the random, disjointed ghosts of a Syria long past.
Saudi Arabia's young deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by diplomats as 'Mr. Everything,' is behind Vision 2030, a set of sweeping reforms meant to steer the kingdom's economy away from reliance on oil.  (AFP/File)
May 05, 2016 - 06:10 GMT
An enigmatic meeting with Saudi's Prince Mohammed bin Salman; family and loss in small-town Syria; and why are Iraqis taking to Twitter to grieve over sofas?
Tiles adorn a synagogue in Marrakech, Morocco.  Mimouna, celebrated after sundown on the last day of Passover, is a tradition cherished by Moroccan Jews. (Flickr Creative Commons)
May 04, 2016 - 05:28 GMT
From Morocco's Mimouna celebration to LGBT seder plates in the U.S.; the secrets of the Persian kitchen; and a lifelong love affair with oud perfume.
Residents of Aleppo's al-Kalasa district rescue a toddler after an air raid destroyed his home on April 28, 2016. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
May 03, 2016 - 04:36 GMT
A photojournalist in Aleppo reflects on the hell of this past week's violence; can Lebanon's municipal elections really spark change?; and Iranian prisoners fight to find small joys while held in solitary confinement.
May 02, 2016 - 05:04 GMT
Recognizing the struggle of LGBT Arabs; Sahrawis demand human rights in Western Sahara; and the importance of a smart phone when you're a refugee.
A young Yemeni woman's hand bears the flags of countries that took part in the Arab uprisings beginning in 2011.  (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
May 01, 2016 - 04:54 GMT
What's changed - and what hasn't - since 2011; graffiti as resistance in Baghdad; and the hidden Armenian gems of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.
An medical worker carries a wounded child in Aleppo, Syria.  (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
April 30, 2016 - 07:40 GMT
A doctor speaks out against the violence in Aleppo; fear of kidnapping still haunts everyday life in Baghdad; and what the world's richest Arabs are worth.
An Israeli soldier is stationed near the Israeli-Syrian border, August 2015.  (AFP/File)
April 29, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
The bizarrely upbeat Twitter feed of Israel's armed forces hides a far more sinister reality; what Egyptians really think about the disputed Red Sea islands; and Iranian artist Ghazel's sorrowful reflection on leaving home.
Demonstrators hold up pens in solidarity with last year's slain Charlie Hebdo journalists in France. (AFP/Damien Meyer)
April 28, 2016 - 05:47 GMT
Why the Mashrou' Leila ban sends a harmful message in Jordan; the 'superstar' of Israel's hasbara propaganda machine; and an Iranian journalist on censorship in the Islamic Republic.
Hamed Sinno, Mashrou' Leila's openly gay frontman, performs in France on April 26, 2015.  (AFP/File)
April 27, 2016 - 05:13 GMT
Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila speaks out against the ban; celebrating modern art in historic Algiers; and photographs of daily life in the midst of Syria's conflict.
People arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after making a dangerous voyage from Turkey (AFP/Aris Messinis)
April 26, 2016 - 03:11 GMT
A Greek journalist reflects on a year of covering the migration tragedy; making 'Inshallah' cool; and the rare time TV got Birthright...right.
Locals say marriage has lost most of its fun in Daesh-controlled Mosul, where the extremist group has banned wedding parties and requires full beard and niqab for new couples. (AFP/Jay Directo)
April 25, 2016 - 05:52 GMT
Marriage isn't so fun anymore in Daesh-controlled Mosul; displaced by war at home, an Armenian and a Palestinian find solidarity in Beirut; and the everyday escapism of Turkey's traditional "birdmen."
An activist attends a demonstration in Beirut against government inaction on Lebanon's growing garbage crisis, September 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
April 24, 2016 - 03:37 GMT
Earth Day amid Lebanon's garbage crisis; the politics of speaking Kurdish; and Gaza's unknown archaeological treasures at risk.
April 23, 2016 - 06:20 GMT
Though well-intentioned, Prince's love for the Islamic World was just a tad bit monochrome; an Israeli-Palestinian married couple struggles to forge a life together in the U.S.; and a new video showcases 100 years of Syrian fashion.
A boy reads the Qur'an inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman's capital city Muscat.  (AFP/Mohammed Mahjoub)
April 22, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Maintaining interfaith harmony in the world's only Ibadi-majority country; a life of fear on Obama's secret kill list; and Baghdad's costume parties are a gory (and clever) sign of the times.
Refugee children play around a makeshift fire at a camp on the Greece-Macedonia border.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
April 21, 2016 - 04:52 GMT
The hellish lives of refugees stranded on the Greece-Macedonia border; remembering Mizrahi Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz; and it's surprisingly easy to find Donald Trump's books in Tehran.