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Breakfast in the Ruins | by Ingrid D. Rowland | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

In September 2015, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired the first photographs ever taken of Palmyra, the great trading oasis in the …

Fellowship and fun as cricket spreads wings in Sweden

Despite Swedes being sports-crazy, there is no tradition of cricket in the country. © P Boselius<p>You see it everywhere on the subcontinent – lads …

New generation of feminists strike out in Tunisia

<b>TUNIS -</b> Khouloud* is comfortable in her black leggings, but is trying to get rid of someone who cannot keep their hands to themselves. The …

Under siege in Damascus, a book becomes a person’s best friend

The BBC reporter asked “Ahmed” why — when there is no food, no electricty, and no safety from shelling or barrel bombs — would people want a …

Alternative roads to peace in Syria

Alawite leaders recently distanced themselves from the Assad regime in an eight-page document obtained by the BBC news. They state that the Alawi …

In praise of revolutionary art: theater and the Syrian Revolution

Omar Amiralay’s Flood in Baath Country (2003) is a timeless masterpiece. If there is one film to watch nowadays, this should be it. Amiralay’s film …

Five years after the Arab Spring, how does the Middle East use social media?

In 2011, the Arab Spring rocked many parts of the Middle East.Regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya saw the departure of long-established – …

Alia Khan: Pioneering the Islamic fashion revolution

<b>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -</b> Alia Khan is a pioneer and founder of the Islamic Fashion Design Council (IFDC). When she isn’t setting up new offices …

Palestinian Teacher Among World's Top 10

Help the Palestine Chronicle Build a Movement of Truth<p><b>Please help us continue with this vital mission.</b> To make a contribution using your Paypal …

A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

Abdulnasser Gharem doesn't have the background you might expect for a successful artist – let alone one famous for edgy work from Saudi Arabia. He was once a lieutenant colonel in the Saudi army. He went to high school with two of the 9/11 hijackers.<p>But his first major art work sold for a whopping …

Saudi Arabia

This is the first Arab contender in 20 years to open at the Berlin film festival

Hailing from the North African country that triggered the Arab Spring, “Hedi” is the debut feature-length film of Tunisian filmmaker Mohamed Ben …

Tafilalt: Algeria's first eco-friendly desert city

As we drove to the top of the hill, a terraced garden surrounded by low stone walls reared out of the desert landscape, electrified by punches of …

Middle East

Inside the head of photographer Myriam Abdelaziz

Myriam Abdelaziz is a French photographer born in Cairo who has been published in The British Journal of Photography, Le Monde, Newsweek and Time, …

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

On a clear day Damascus is visible from the top of the ski lift 2,200 metres (7,200 feet) above sea level in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights where …

Shoot film, not bullets: Yemenis turn to art to cope with conflict

Yemen’s war is a forgotten catastrophe. Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, stated in August: “Yemen after …

Open source of 500.000 images takes you back through Middle Eastern history

The archive is the result of a 10-year old Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and …

Egypt Plans to Build an Underwater Museum to Show off Sunken Relics

The Lighthouse of Pharos has been at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea for centuries, but soon tourists might be able to see it when they visit …

What's new in Arab literature: 16 to read in 2016

Renowned blogger and Your Middle East columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey, aka 'ArabLit', selects her 16 to read this year.NEW OUT NOW:

10 reasons not to bomb Syria – and what the West should do instead

1. See things from the prime victims’ perspective and you get a very different picture. Germany and Sweden aside, Western countries have offered …

New media breaks the silence on Yemen

“The first casualty of war is always the truth.” The words stare down from a whiteboard in the interim editorial office belonging to three Yemeni …

5 great ideas that make us believe in peace and progress in the Middle East

<b>1. PALESTINIAN REFUGEES WHO SAY NO TO DONATIONS AND YES TO MAKING THEIR OWN MONEY.</b><br>The story of The Social Enterprise Project (SEP) in Jerash Camp in …

2015 in Algerian literature: 5 to watch

Algerian literature this year has been marked by familiar names within and outside our borders. The year 2015 has been the year for Boualem Sansal’s …

Syrians in Turkey: "Invest in schoolbooks, not border guards”

Along the Aegean coast, Turkey is rehearsing its commitment to European interests. Just under 3,000 refugees were arrested at the start of this …

Iran’s Underground Art Scene

By Jeremy Suyker // In a story rarely told before, this is an invitation to discover a different and surprising Iran, and to experience its dynamic …

Dana Hotel and the soul of the Lebanese south

“Settled by my forebears,” Pulitzer prize winning reporter Anthony Shadid wrote in his book ‘House of Stone’, “Marjayoun was once an entrepôt perched …

Iraq gets first beauty queen since 1972: "This put a smile on the faces of the Iraqis"

The jury chose Shaymaa Abdelrahman, a tall, green-eyed 20-year-old from Iraq's multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk.The decision was popular with those in …

The earliest color photos of Beirut

You’ve probably already come across Charles Cushman’s photographs; at least every Lebanese Facebook page admin has posted one of his photos at one …

Palestinian Refugees Are Starting an All-Female Food Truck in Lebanon

As the leaders of two different NGOs, Mariam Shaar and Myrna Atalla are working together in the hopes of empowering the female residents of Lebanon’s Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp.<p>As 2016 rapidly approaches, we can comfortably say that humanity has attained many a soaring feat not thought remotely …

Visualizing Egypt: More voices, less freedom

Press freedom infographic<p>Since the early 2000s, Egypt has seen the liberalization of the media market, with the state opening up media ownership to …