Culture & Society

New museum space brings Tunisia's history to life

An exhibit called "The Rise of a Nation," on display in the Qsar es-Said palace, features crucial documents in the rise of modern and democratic Tunisia, as well as 300 Ottoman-era paintings, costumes, religious objects and furniture.
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 Sarah Souli for Al-Monitor on December 2

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani's Cabinet

Despite having appointed three female vice presidents, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani remains under pressure from women's rights activists to appoint more women to his Cabinet.
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 Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 2

Why Israel’s Beersheba buses dropped Arabic announcements

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointing a finger at Israeli Arabs for wildfires, it's no wonder that the city of Beersheba removed announcements in Arabic from its public buses.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on December 2

How Turkey plans to lure more Arab tourists

Scrambling to stop the downturn in its vital tourism sector, Turkey plans to build special holiday villages for Arab tourists.
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 Tulay Cetingulec for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 1

Israeli education minister declares math 'state of emergency'

The TIMSS math results for 2015 show Israel dropping nine places, but does this necessarily mean that Israeli students are doing poorly in math?
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on November 30

Gaza organization recruits men to fight for women's rights

In an interview with Al-Monitor, the Women's Affairs Center director Amal Siyam talked about the political, social and economic obstacles women face in the Gaza Strip and the novel approach the center is taking to help them.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 1

Why Iraq's Sunnis fear new PMU law

A new law that will turn Shiite militias of the Popular Mobilization Units into an official security force has sparked fierce opposition from Sunni parliamentarians.
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 Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 1

How a Palestinian park surrounded by settlements is promoting organic farming

A Palestinian family has turned the site of an old house into an organic farm and a park for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the land, despite the site being in close proximity to Israeli settlements and checkpoints.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 2

As food prices soar, Egyptians asked to go hungry in protest

The head of Egypt's Consumer Protection Agency has called on citizens to refrain from buying basic commodities for one day in an effort to drive prices down in a boycott that analysts say will be far too short to work.
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 Sarah El Shalakany for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 30

Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

Residents of the West Bank village of Kur have been complaining for a decade that a nearby stone-crushing operation is harming the environment and threatening their historic landmarks and homes.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 1

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