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Algerians vote at a polling station in France on April 12, 2014.  (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)
May 29, 2016 - 05:53 GMT
Why Algerian activists are saying no to French in the public sector; a Palestinian refugee from Syria reflects on home, war, and exile; and LGBT activists risk their lives for greater rights in Tunisia.
Newest enemy of the Republic: a feud of surreal proportions was ignited earlier this year when Iran's Organized Cyberspace Crimes Unit cracked down on Iranian Instagram models - the unit's spokesman Mustafa Alizadeh claimed Kim Kardashian was conspiring with the photo-sharing website to harm Iranian moral values. (AFP/File)
May 28, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
How Iran (and the rest of the world) censors high fashion; an AFP photographer stumbles upon U.S. special forces on the frontline in northern Syria; and the surreal online feud between the Iranian state and Kim Kardashian.
A Yemeni artist paints a wall in the capital Sanaa with a message of peace.  (AFP/File)
May 27, 2016 - 05:18 GMT
A Yemeni artist talks creativity, youth, and the war in Yemen; Libya and Italy's 'treaty of shame' harms refugees; and a Saudi cleric denounces the sinfulness of cat selfies.
Kuwaiti student Rajih al-Hamidani celebrates after winning the TV poetry competition 'Million's Poet' in Abu Dhabi on May 17, 2016.  (AFP/File)
May 26, 2016 - 05:47 GMT
The poetry equivalent of 'Arab Idol' hearkens back to traditional pre-Islamic poetry festivals; why the world is silent on the war in Yemen; and a hijabi hip hop dance troupe fights stereotypes.
Egyptian security forces stand guard in front of satirical graffiti on the walls of the Presidential Palace in Cairo.  (AFP/File)
May 25, 2016 - 05:53 GMT
A wave of arrests has Egypt's satire industry reeling; a new novel explores love, revolution, and LGBT life in the Arab World; and how one football club is beating the odds to keep the world's favorite game alive in Syria's Idlib province.
A woman participates in a rally against homophobia in Beirut on April 30, 2013.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
May 24, 2016 - 05:52 GMT
Defining Beirut within its LGBT culture; Qatar's under appreciated street art scene; and a Syrian portrait artist paints his inner world from exile in Istanbul.
Sanaa's old city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site seen here in 2007, has been partially destroyed due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen.  (Flickr Creative Commons/Richard Messenger)
May 23, 2016 - 05:15 GMT
Yemenis take to social media to call for peace; Saudi journalist Safa al-Ahmad talks war, politics, and humanitarian disaster in Yemen; and embracing the culture of Israel's marginalized Yemenite Jews.
May 22, 2016 - 00:44 GMT
'There was a young fellow from Ankara...'; Moroccan imam academy leads fight against religious extremism; and Iraqi forces' seizure of town from Daesh may lead to reopening of Amman-Baghdad commercial route.
Palestinian-Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad, known as the 'Pianist of Yarmouk,' performs at a Berlin concert hall on May 12, 2016.  Ahmad, who gained fame for performing outdoors in Damascus' Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, fled Syria in 2015 after Daesh militants torched his piano. (AFP/John McDougall)
May 21, 2016 - 05:40 GMT
From a war-torn Damascus refugee camp to a concert hall in Berlin; Syrian artist Mohammad Khayata explores loss and nostalgia; and Iran's clerics wage a war on 'sinful' music.
A Palestinian farmer watches over his olive trees, flanked by Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on October  28, 2014. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
May 20, 2016 - 06:20 GMT
A museum without exhibits - and what it tells us about Palestinian identity; despite war, the arts flourish in Iraqi Kurdistan's 'capital of culture'; and five films for a more nuanced understanding of the Arab World.
A member of the Israeli security forces stands guard near Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque complex.  Writing of his upbringing in Jewish schools in the U.S., David Galdi recalls being kept in the dark about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.  (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
May 19, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
'I never heard one word about the occupation'; the Nakba lives on painfully in Damascus' Yarmouk camp; and a young hijabi Belgian gets back at Islamophobes in the best way possible.
A man walks through dried-up marshland in southern Iraq - just one of the many disputed locations of the biblical garden of Eden.  Threatened by war and Daesh, Iraq's diverse religious sects continue to practice their faiths, remaining steadfast in their claims to the location of the garden. (AFP/File)
May 18, 2016 - 05:39 GMT
In Iraq, paradise is disputed between religious sects and threatened by war; tribal customs vs. the law in Jordan; and the Iranian art of leaving home.
May 17, 2016 - 05:45 GMT
Storefronts, skin tone, and beauty standards in the Middle East; street photography captures Egyptian city life by day and night; and why Nakba Day belongs to Palestine's present as well its past.
Yemeni women, many of whom demonstrated in the
May 16, 2016 - 05:58 GMT
Why women must be included at Yemen's negotiation table; Palmyra's symbolism as a stage for political theater; and the German sex-ed website that's targeting refugees.
May 15, 2016 - 05:43 GMT
A Syrian man remembers rain and daily life in pre-war Aleppo; Iranian and Arab women photographers tell their stories; and the tenuous citizenship limbo of Daesh's 'children of the terror.'
Supporters of Iraqi Shi'i cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm demonstrate for government reform in late April 2016 outside Baghdad's 'Green Zone,' a tightly secured area of the capital city containing Parliament.  (AFP/File)
May 14, 2016 - 04:24 GMT
A rundown on the Iraqi political crisis of the past couple months; a photographer's quest to capture the natural landscapes of Palestine; and the new dance trend that's fusing Latin American and Arab rhythms.