Culture & Society

Culture & Society


Turkey's Ramadan treats

Despite the opulent dinners making the headlines, Turkey's traditional Ramadan foods and rituals are simple, nutritious and versatile.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on July 2

Gaza’s racing club hits speed bump

A group of amateur auto racers created a club for sports car racing in the Gaza Strip, but they lack safe cars and adequate roads to drive on without causing safety concerns for the public and themselves.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 2

Israelis give ballroom dancing a spin

The southern city of Ashdod, home to many immigrants from Russia, is becoming a ballroom dancing center as more Israelis join dancing schools for fun and even participate in international events.
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 Nurit Canetti for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 2

Few solutions to Arab world’s power outages

Blackouts in the region have causes beyond current wars and armed conflicts.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on July 1

Ocalan niece's swearing-in ceremony marks milestone for Kurds

The niece of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan made her debut in parliament last week in a striking illustration of how the Kurdish struggle has progressed and transformed Turkey over the years.
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 Sibel Hurtas for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on July 1

Radical groups lure Tripoli youths

Leaked videos showing Lebanese security forces torturing Islamist prisoners in Roumieh prison have stirred the anger of Tripoli’s disaffected youths, pushing them further toward extremism.
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 Mona Alami for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on July 1

Tehran art auction attracts buyers, controversy

Tehran's biggest art auction attracted accusations of money laundering as well as record bids.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 1

Palestinians pay high cost to conceive

Infertility and delayed childbearing seem to be on the rise in the Gaza Strip, so families struggle to get expensive treatment while they can barely acquire their most basic needs.
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 Huda Baroud for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 30

New report outlines Al-Aqsa Mosque recommendations

The International Crisis Group report on Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem tackles this controversial issue for Muslim Palestinians and Israeli Jews, and proposes recommendations to de-escalate the tension between all concerned parties, including Jordan.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on June 30

Israel the final frontier for science fiction

Israeli science fiction fans are persuaded that the traditional low interest of Israelis in science fiction arts is about to be replaced by stronger involvement in the genre, especially in the sphere of science fiction cinema.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 30

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