Culture & Society

Why Egyptian women aren’t enjoying this year’s Ramadan TV series

Women's rights groups in Egypt want to change negative depictions of women on Egyptian TV.
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 Reham Mokbel for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 27

3 Iranian rangers killed by poachers in 48 hours

After three Iranian rangers were killed by poachers in 48 hours, some Iranians are asking if the law is doing enough to protect them.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 27

Why Iranians are turning against Leonardo DiCaprio

The announcement of a Hollywood biopic about 13th-century Persian poet Rumi with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role has sparked an outcry among Iranians.
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 Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 27

Digital map seeks to document 'trail of destruction' of Mideast antiquities

Government and nonprofit organizations are working together to mitigate the threats that the Islamic State, looters and others pose to Middle East antiquities.
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 Shahira Amin for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Cairo wages war on corruption with TV ads, but will it work?

The Egyptian government has launched a TV ad campaign aimed at combating corruption, but some fear it will be ineffective without structural reform.
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 Amr Eltohamy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 26

Egypt wants to know more about its people in Israel

The Egyptian Parliament is keen on getting details regarding the status of Egyptians abroad and says its embassies must do a better job of representing them.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 24

Are Gaza's mosques wasting electricity?

In light of the Gaza Strip's electricity crisis, some Gazans believe mosques are largely contributing to the problem with unnecessary electricity consumption.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 27

Iranians shocked after deaths of 19 soldiers in bus accidents

Iranian social media users and officials expressed grief and outrage after 19 Iranian soldiers were killed in two separate bus accidents.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on June 23

How media blackout on Hebron shooter trial will undermine IDF

Following threats against the commander of the soldier who shot a Palestinian assailant on the ground in Hebron, the prosecution has asked that future witnesses testify behind closed doors and that the press not reveal their names.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on June 23

Why Gaza's beachgoers will be shelling out more money this summer

This year, the municipality of Gaza reduced the number of licenses granted for beach resorts, allowing only four and raising license fees, which will affect the price of services offered to the public in these places.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 26

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