Culture & Society

Even camels struggle to survive in war-torn, dry Iraq

The camel population in Iraq is dwindling as traditional camel herders are forced to settle in one place and grazing areas are consumed by development and drought.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 29

Who protects Tunisian corruption whistleblowers?

A Tunisian nonprofit and independent watchdog launched a center to support and guide victims of corruption, to encourage citizens to report administrative and financial corruption, and to create a favorable climate to promote accountability.
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 Ahmed Nadhif for Al-Monitor on July 29

Why are Egypt’s TV hosts migrating to Western screens?

Bassem Youssef, known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart,” is no longer in Egypt, as he and other personalities like him are finding freedom of speech in the West.
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David Awad for Al-Monitor on July 29

Iran state broadcaster in hot water at home, abroad over airing rights

The Iranian state broadcaster has found itself in a new dispute over broadcasting soccer games without permission, this time with Qatar’s beIN Sports and the UEFA.
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 Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 28

How will Iraq handle its surging population?

Despite Iraq's growing population, the government does not seem to have plans in place to contain the rise, develop employment and expand cities.
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 Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 28

'Ultra-Orthodox run government,' Israeli lawmaker warns

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Yesh Atid Knesset member Aliza Lavie claims that the new laws excluding many Israelis from ritual baths and undoing the core curriculum requirements for ultra-Orthodox children are ominous signs of the ultra-Orthodox stranglehold on the government.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 28

Israeli Arabs see through Netanyahu's apology

Israeli Arabs are unimpressed by the apology of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his words during last year's election, sure that his apology video was directed at European ears.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on July 28

Are IDF soldiers shooting Palestinians against orders?

The trial of IDF soldier Elor Azaria, who is suspected of shooting a Palestinian assailant on the ground, must bring back to the spotlight other cases where IDF soldiers shot Palestinians who didn't threaten their lives.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on July 27

Gazans take to social media in reaction to Turkish coup attempt

The failed Turkish coup divided Gazans between supporters and opponents, as some praised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for foiling the coup.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on July 27

Iraqi civil society fights new freedom of expression bill

Civil pressure in Iraq has managed to thus far prevent the passing of the “freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration” draft law, which they argue would place tough new restrictions on civil freedoms.
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 Mustafa Naser for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on July 28

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