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Ahmad Abughaush kisses the gold medal he won for Jordan in the 2016 Olympics in RioTaekwondo PHOTO: Salem Khamis (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).
August 25, 2016 - 12:59 GMT
Arabs worldwide erupted in joy to celebrate the accomplishment of Palestinian athlete - but global media forgot to mention his roots; project Gaza in context wants to undo a misleading narrative; and stitching together sociopolitical histories of Palestine in Beirut.
Yemenis sell petrol on the street after Yememi government forces re-entered Zinjibar the capital of the southern Abyan province on August 16, 2016 following an offensive backed by Saudi-led air strikes to recapture the city from Al-Qaeda jihadists. (Photo credit: AFP)
August 24, 2016 - 12:56 GMT
The catastrophic economic consequences of the Yemeni conflict; the relentless resistance of Palestinian farmers; the awkward position of Israel with the killing of innocent Palestinians; telecommunication companies' recent revenue decline has been caused by voice calls.
The art of smoking hookah is one of the oldest traditions of the Middle East. (Photo credit: Middle East Online)
August 21, 2016 - 19:15 GMT
The challenge of convincing Middle Easterners quit smoking even with effective policies and strategies; this is what you need if you're planning to visit Iran; and peace seen from a Muslim perspective.
(Photo credit: Ana Marija Hristovska)
August 20, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
The beauty, the colors and the stories of the desert in some paintings; sexual orientation has nothing to do with women's honor or value; racist thugs and Islamophobes alike have awakened the dark soul of the swimming woman; and redefining women's economic empowerment.
Photo by Joshua Schaedel; courtesy Garrett Leight
August 10, 2016 - 17:20 GMT
A conversation with Mashrou’ Leila multi-instrumentalist Firas Abou Fakher; mapping rural areas of Istanbul; and how journalists and activists have excoriated Google for wiping Palestine completely off its map app.
File photo of Palestinian workers offloading a truck full of aid in the Gaza Strip. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
August 08, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
How the Israeli media reports a story spoon fed to it by the security services; some of the biggest mass demolitions of Palestinian homes in years are happening in the South Hebron Hills; and a list of organizations partnering with the U.S. government to resettle refugees.
In 2015, as a photographer I took part in “Acting Together”, a project with Turkish and Armenian participants taking a joint trip along the routes of the 1915 genocide. (Mashallah News)
August 07, 2016 - 00:15 GMT
Armenian orphanage memories; the destructive criticism against M.I.A.; drawing parallelism between the Arab World then and today; and the Lebanese athletes at Rio 2016.
World Refugee Day is marked each year on June 20. (AFP photo)
August 04, 2016 - 14:40 GMT
The incredibly strong resilience of Syrian refugee women in Amman; everyday struggles of domestic workers in Jordan; what an introverted child's mom have done to help her with her deteriorating psychological condition; numbers of refugees have plunged following the EU-Turkey deal.
William Morgan Shuster, American lawyer, civil servant, and publisher, who is best known as the treasurer-general of Persia by appointment of the Iranian parliament, or Majles, from May to December 1911. (Wikipedia)
August 03, 2016 - 20:45 GMT
A man's mission to root out corruption and centralize its tax system in Iran in the 20th century; how elites enfold the middle and working classes into socio-political orders; and Firestarter Ibi Ibrahim talks about his new Berlin-based band, Kabreet.
Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters, New York, U.S., September 24, 2014. (Photo credit: Seth Wenig, AP)
August 02, 2016 - 12:10 GMT
Parliamentary elections: a matter of trust; the horror genre may be the next mean for social commentary in the Middle East; a father's intimate talk about his son's death in Iraq; and the forgotten children of Burkina Faso.
Iran has redesigned its much-derided uniform only to incur more ridicule online. (BBC News)
August 01, 2016 - 14:49 GMT
An Olympic uniform has come under public scrutiny; minorities fear the worse after Turkey's failed coup; and what hope does the Prime Minister speak of at Lebanon's Army Day?
Kajol with a customer. She thinks she is 17 years old but does not know her exact age. She was married for 9 years. Her aunt then sold her to the Kandapara brothel. (Photo credit: Sandra Hoyn)
July 31, 2016 - 15:48 GMT
Born and raised into brothels, Bangladeshi women have no choice; labourers in the Gulf have reported meagre rations or no food at all; a porn star seeks a perfect nose in Iran; and why aren’t we having a conversation about violence in the West, about masculinity and gun culture?
Al-Salheen Mosque after an air strike. (Photo: Halab Today TV July 26)
July 30, 2016 - 13:25 GMT
The number of doctors in Aleppo City has plummeted into the low dozens; last week air raids struck four makeshift hospitals and a blood bank in Aleppo; and a group of Syrian and international activists calls for worldwide protests against the sieges in Aleppo and the rest of the country.
Mohammad Al-Khatib in his museum. (Photo credit: Martin Roux)
July 29, 2016 - 16:00 GMT
A museum attempts to address a generations born in exile; what Turkey is doing for Syrian kids' education; and a system invented by an Egyptian girl may revolutionize her country's access to clean water.
Born in Lebanon in 1970, Danielle Arbid has been directing films since 1997. (Wikipedia)
July 28, 2016 - 12:45 GMT
Cigarettes, coffee, and controversy in Beirut; what do we know about the Great Famine of Mount Lebanon; remembering the July war with Israel; and how a mother in Lebanon is fighting for her life.
Pro-Erdoğan supporters in Taksim square in Istanbul on Saturday after the failed coup attempt. (Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP)
July 27, 2016 - 20:25 GMT
The Turkish economy has been faltering after the attempted coup; why did Turkey’s government go after academics?; and how AKP is opportunistically imprinting its own dictatorship project on society.