Culture & Society


Why is Jordan restricting Palestinians' travel?

Palestinians have been fighting repressive Israeli travel restrictions for years, now they face Jordanian ones too.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 29

On Children’s Day in Turkey, adults set bad example

The anniversary of the opening of the Turkish parliament coincided with the centennial of an Ottoman military victory in Iraq during World War I, creating a new fault line in Turkey.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 1

Does Erdogan want his own Islamic state?

Erdogan is willing to not abolish Turkey’s constitutional secularism, as some fear, but rather to use religion in the most effective way.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on April 29

Easter in Egypt resurrects debate over travel to Israel

In the lead-up to Orthodox Easter May 1, disputes have resurfaced over visits by Egyptian Copts to Jerusalem.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 29

Egypt's writers fear increasing restrictions

Egyptian authors are fighting for freedom of expression as the state cracks down on what it calls offending public decency and contempt of religion.
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 Albaraa Abdullah for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 28

Are Egypt's students no longer safe in their own schools?

News that children have been victims of sexual assault at their own schools in Egypt has prompted civil society groups, activists and parents to look for effective ways to protect children from harassment.
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 Ahmed Hidji for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 29

Mad love, amnesia or fear? How Erdogan pulls it off

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political fortunes have not suffered from his contradictions, questionable denials and attacks on opponents.
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 Sukru Kucuksahin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on April 28

How education became an Israeli political tool

Education Minister Naftali Bennett and his colleagues from other Orthodox parties know that teaching their ideology to school children will benefit themselves politically in the long run.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on April 28

Why one Gazan turned destroyed home into a zoo

A Palestinian who has been waiting for the reconstruction of his house destroyed in the war on Gaza almost two years ago is now using it as a zoo.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on May 2

Will Ankara’s new culture plan lead to more censorship of the arts?

In Turkey, where freedom of expression is curtailed, the AKP’s sustainable cultural development program finds little enthusiasm.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on April 28

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