Culture & Society

Egypt's endangered journalists help foster next generation

Cub reporters in Egypt are learning how to cover news the mainstream media often ignores, as the youngsters discover their own potential.
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 Amr Eltohamy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 27

Can raw meat dish rescue Turkey from export slump?

By aggressively marketing raw “meat” ball appetizers to Europe and China, Turkey hopes to find new sources of foreign currency.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 29

Is Saudi Arabia bringing sexy back?

The Saudi government's recent decision to open entertainment venues to promote internal tourism is drawing some solid applause, but critics say there are more pressing domestic issues to resolve.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on May 27

Is this the last nail in coffin of women, minors' rights in Turkey?

An AKP-led parliamentary commission releases a draft report on how to protect the sanctity of the family in Turkey by providing controversial suggestions.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 27

How Turkey plans to boost home sales to foreigners

Preparations are underway to offer work permits in addition to residency to buyers of real estate in Turkey, and citizenship could be next on the table.
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 Mehmet Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 27

Why some Israelis give low marks to education minister's math plan

Not all Israeli students and educators are impressed with Education Minister Naftali Bennett's plan to increase the number of students taking advanced mathematics exams.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 27

How Israeli soldiers became 'children of the nation'

More Israelis are determined to protect IDF soldiers' lives at any cost, an attitude that has had major repercussions for Israeli military operations despite the better judgment of its commanders.
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 Nurit Canetti for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 27

Ultra-Orthodox slaughterhouse faces ax

Ultra-Orthodox butcher Yoel Kraus claims that because he has no ID card and avoids contact with the Israeli authorities as an anti-Zionist, the police are trying to close down the ancient traditional slaughterhouse he operates and imprison him for tax evasion.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 26

Why an old-fashioned novel is trending among Turkey's youth

A romantic Turkish novel first published in 1943 has finally been translated into English this month after becoming a social media sensation, coinciding with the third anniversary of the Gezi Park protests that shook Turkey and its ruling party.
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 Emre Kizilkaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 26

Have Israelis grown accustomed to corrupt politicians?

Honesty and integrity are passé in Israel, where citizens have gotten used to politicians being corrupt.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on May 26

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