Culture & Society

Culture & Society

Descendants of Iraqi Jews preserve memories

An unidentified bride and groom in a photo displayed at an Iraqi Jewish exhibit has been identified by the couple's son, explaining how their wedding photo ended up in Saddam Hussein’s cellar in Baghdad.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on October 9

Facts mingle with political fantasy in Ankara's Gulenist indictments

An indictment alleging an attempted coup against Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party government follows the party's narrative of a sinister parallel state and its imperialist collaborators.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on October 8

Will Saudi Arabia give up hajj management?

The harsh criticism by various Muslim countries and other parties of Saudi Arabia over the most recent hajj tragedy may prompt the kingdom to take drastic steps to protect its reputation.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on October 8

How a small Libyan town insulated itself from surrounding chaos

The town of Bani Walid is leading Libyans by example, practicing self-governance and avoiding the armed conflicts that have become common elsewhere in the country.
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 Mustafa Fetouri for Al-Monitor on October 7

Gaza's women-only cafe offers more than just coffee

Three sisters from Gaza decided to open an all-female cafe that they say allows patrons to be more comfortable and can serve as a venue for cultural events.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on October 7

Tunisia looks to welcome refugees, migrants with new asylum law

Rather than an accidental stopping point for refugees and migrants, Tunisia, with new asylum legislation, can become a destination country.
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 Christine Petré for Al-Monitor on October 6

Did Iranian TV censor Rafsanjani?

Iran's national media has been accused of editing out coverage of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from a commemoration for the hajj stampede victims.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on October 6

Egypt's secular culture minister ruffles Salafi feathers

Comments by new Egyptian Culture Minister Hilmi al-Namnam have sparked criticism from local Salafis as well as Saudi Wahhabis.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on October 6

An immigrant himself, Chobani yogurt founder becomes icon for refugees

A Kurdish immigrant from Turkey, Hamdi Ulukaya became the founder and CEO of the top-selling Greek yogurt in the United States and has now pledged to donate much of his wealth to refugees.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on October 5

Palestinian soccer scores goal in venue dispute

Following popular anger from Palestinian fans, a decision to relocate a soccer match between the Palestinian and Saudi teams outside of Palestine has been revoked.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on October 7

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