Culture & Society

Why the Sabbath crisis didn't topple Netanyahu's government

The ultra-Orthodox party’s manufactured crisis over train repair work being conducted on the Sabbath came with a built-in expiration date.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on August 29

After Babylon, Borsippa has its eye on World Heritage List

The ancient city of Borsippa in the south of Iraq incorporates religious and historical relics and is hoping to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on August 29

Will tribalism dominate upcoming Palestinian elections?

As electoral lists form in the runup to the local Palestinian elections, various political factions worry that tribal and family loyalties will trump political affiliations.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 29

How glorification of martyrdom produces child suicide bombers in Turkey

A majority of Turkish children are exposed to Islamic education and media indoctrination that glorifies martyrdom.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on August 28

Was wedding blast in Gaziantep revenge for IS defeats in Syria?

Some suspect the Aug. 20 suicide bombing of a Kurdish wedding party in southern Turkey was the work of the Islamic State avenging its recent losses in Syria.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on August 26

Social media becomes electoral war zone for Hamas, Fatah

While the official campaign period for Palestinian local council elections doesn't begin until Sept. 24, Hamas supporters have already launched several social media initiatives aimed at drumming up support.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on August 28

How Palestinian youth joined Ban Ki-moon's UN expert group

Al-Monitor spoke with Hussein Murtaja from Gaza City who was selected by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on International Youth Day to be part of the expert advisory team for a study about youth, security and peace.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 26

Obstacles could impede Christ biopic's path into Egypt

Egyptian film director Ahmed Maher speaks to Al-Monitor on how he is moving ahead with his next film on Jesus Christ's infant years in Egypt.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 25

The original dishdash: Online restaurant access comes to Gaza

A Palestinian professor's new online business allows residents of Gaza City to browse menus and order meals for delivery from various restaurants, the first service of its kind in the Gaza Strip.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 28

Is Israel at fault for surging Arab crime?

Israeli security forces invest time and effort to track weapon factories in the West Bank but neglect to deal in depth with illegal weapons of Israeli Arabs.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on August 25

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