Is there still an Iraq?
Iraq's national identity may be weakened but it's not entirely lost
The notion of a coherent, collective Iraqi identity has long been under threat. Since the birth of modern-day Iraq in the 1920s, sectarianism and ethnic diversity have undermined a unitary idea of what it means to be Iraqi. Right now, that idea is more at risk than ever.
As various think pieces and discussion forums reveal, Iraqis and international analysts alike are increasingly considering the possibility of Iraq’s partition along sectarian and ethnic lines. While some Iraqis are lamenting the social disunity that generated this state of affairs, others are actively embracing the prospect and expressing loyalty toward their sub-national identities, whether sectarian, tribal, regional, or ethnic.
Continue reading on Muftah
A love song to Socotra Island
A Love Song to Socotra Island grew from a search for inspiring and pioneering women who are making their own way in life while confronting the traditions and customs of a male dominated society. This work pays tribute to these women, and to the inner beauty, wisdom, and generosity they emanate in spite of the harsh realities of their lives. Through their courage, we see the strong beauty of their femininity and the key roles they play in our society.
Continue reading on Arab Documentary Photography Program
Treating Aleppo's traumatized children
Nour could not accept that her father gone forever. He had been killed during a government air strike on Aleppo, but his eight year old still insisted that he was not only alive, but by her side at all times.
Nour is now receiving counselling sessions at the Masarrat Foundation, a specialist centre serving young people in Aleppo’s opposition-held areas and the largest project of its kind in Syria.
Continue reading on Damascus Bureau
- Ahlam drowns Shatha Hassoun with kisses at a Ramadan gathering. (Image: YouTube still)
- No love, no advantage: Iraqis take their chance on court
- Kurdish forces are still using child soldiers despite its promise in Geneva
- 8 times still the charm: Majed Al Mohandes is in like flynn with Rotana Records
- Jordan: US Ambassador, LGBT communities still facing backlash over awareness event, this time from the Muslim Brotherhood