“My wife is blind. ... I tell her the stories of her favorite TV series, and sometimes change the script to create a better atmosphere for her.” — Bassam, 39. (Lens - New York Times)
July 25, 2016 - 13:45 GMT
A photographic project allows a Syrian refugee to rediscover his own story through the ones of others; what kind of fate awaits refugees in Europe?; and a trade fair displays the products and services from small and microenterprises run by Palestinians.
In Iran, the word
July 24, 2016 - 08:45 GMT
How Iran's Nutella scandal tells us about the country's fear over 'cultural infiltrations'; when academia serves political agendas; some instances of insidious ‘sticky reverse fingers’; and how would Morocco respond to a friendly between Algeria and Western Sahara?
© Yumna Al-Arashi
July 23, 2016 - 15:45 GMT
A spontaneous fashion amongst the mountains of Northern Yemen reveals the power of Yemeni women; ashamed and left behind for being transgender; in Morocco, attitudes towards women's bodies are conservative; and what does Turkey’s future hold for women?
Saudi Arabia has banned Pokémon Go for religious reasons.
July 22, 2016 - 08:30 GMT
Is the game still worth it despite all its cons?; Pokémon Go becomes a practice forbidden in Saudi Arabia; how the game has been leveraged by Middle Eastern brands; and Palestinians are using the app to highlight their plight in the face of Israel’s continuing occupation.
(Photograph: Peter Adams/JAI/Corbis)
July 21, 2016 - 07:39 GMT
Are journalists reporting the Yemeni conflict producing a truly objective account of reality?; Turkey's failed coup as seen through the eyes of two Istanbul-based photographers; and how press in Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries is reacting to Erdogan's crackdown.
Muslim woman wearing a headscarf looks out a window. (Shutterstock)
July 20, 2016 - 08:30 GMT
The many challenges of Muslims abroad between new culture and old traditions; why do some groups make headlines in Western media, while others do not?; a multimedia project in Gaza portraits the daily suffering of Palestinians; and chronicles from this year's bloody Bastille Day.
Erdogan snubbed by Obama during US visit. (Russia Insider)
July 19, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
Speaking of Turkey, Jordanians show conflicting political leadership perspectives; the current political mood of the country may have been the main reason why the coup ended up failing: and Istanbul jazz festival aims to restore harmony on the Bosphorus shore.
Ayloul is an independent Jordanian band started from Irbid, formed in September 2013, thus, taking its name from the Syriac word for September. (Facebook)
July 18, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
The music of 6 Jordanians narrates how political struggles are ravaging the region; Tajikistani rappers inject patriotism in their verses; the photography of an Iranian filmmaker: the surprise of a British singer to a promising Lebanese talent; and a Syrian illustrator is helping kids forget war.
Photo courtesy: Rahema Alam
July 17, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
The one of the online superstar is just another story of murderously violence against women; the 'modest dress code' debate; the challenge of a female shooter in Iran; and the story of the longest-serving female conscientious objector in Israel’s history.
A child waves Turkish flags in Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 during a demonstration in support to Turkish president. (AFP photo)
July 16, 2016 - 21:36 GMT
Behind the scenes of the Turkey coup attempt; Trump blames Turkish coup on Hillary Clinton; witticism that never seemed truer than it did this week; the influence of Israel/Palestine on Pasolini; and the controversial relationship between Erdogan and social media.
Revelers had been watching the annual Bastille Day fireworks display, which this year was accompanied by lightning, when the attacker struck.
 (AFP / Valery Hache)
July 15, 2016 - 19:23 GMT
This Ramadan turned into the most bloody religious period in history; the heartbreak of Nice attack; and how the deadly attacks in Paris, Brussels, Orlando and elsewhere are bringing Islamic State’s goal of a divided world closer to fruition.
Following a military coup in 2013, Egyptian authorities have launched a crackdown on the gay community, writers, intellectuals and even belly dancers. (© STRINGER - EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP/File)
July 14, 2016 - 21:22 GMT
Sisi is failing miserably to get Egypt back on track; enforced disappearance has become a key instrument of state policy in Egypt; and does violence in the Middle East really stem from religion?
Image of “Symbolic Prison Cell” in Iran from Babak Farroki. (Flickr under CC By 2.0)
July 13, 2016 - 09:36 GMT
A man was imprisoned for posting satirical jokes on Fb; some tips and tricks to master the post-Ramadan routine; why suicide rates are on the rise in Lebanon?; the search for signs of male friendship in Istanbul; and an NGO's work to address practical needs of differently-abled people.
The seats where Yassir, Mohsin, Ali, Mortatha and Mohammed were sitting 10 minutes before the bombing in Baghdad on July 3, 2016. Picture taken two days later. (Photo credit: Mohammed Husain F. Jassem)
July 12, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
The heartbreaking story of a survivor of Baghdad attacks; amongst bombing and rubble, a group of volunteers is painting landscapes on Iraq's walls; the movies of Abbas Kiarostami reminds of the overwhelming beauty of life; and a review of Charles Lister's The Syrian Jihad.
He was the legendary and one of the most respected personalities of the country.  (Daily Pakistan)
July 11, 2016 - 09:03 GMT
The inspiring story of life and accomplishments of Abdul Sattar Edhi; the humanitarian message of a Syrian-Kurdish poet; the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War unveils allegations of ill treatment and unlawful killings committed by British forces.
Xana going to school with his friends on a rainy day. Because his village does not have a junior high school, Xana must travel to school in the next village, seven kilometers, or about 4.3 miles, from home. (Photo credit: Arash Khamooshi)
July 10, 2016 - 10:10 GMT
Being a teenage girl is a crime in Iran; land mines scattered about playgrounds are shattering young lives in Iran; and Maghrebi authors have long been overshadowed and are way too under-translated.