Culture & Society

Egypt turns to Japanese model to reform education

Egypt, whose educational system is seen as widely lacking, is seeking to invigorate its school system by adopting aspects of the Japanese whole child educational model.
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 Menna A. Farouk for Al-Monitor on February 19

New documentary highlights life of imprisoned Palestinian leader

The producers of "Marwan," a documentary about the life of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, hope to revive national pride among Palestinians with his story.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on February 17

What can memorizing the Quran buy you in Gaza?

Gazans who have memorized the Quran can have their weddings paid for through a new, controversial program in Gaza.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal on February 17

How this Egyptian woman overcame roadblocks to become a mechanic

Can Luxor-based auto mechanic Lekaa El Kholy help fix the status of women in Egyptian society?
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 Amira Sayed Ahmed for Al-Monitor on February 16

In run-up to referendum, Turks can say anything but 'no'

The Turkish ruling party's campaign to push through amendments to grant the president sweeping new powers is having absurd and sobering consequences.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on February 17

Turkish puppy saga draws in politicians, public

A shaken and polarized Turkey desperate for good news has been elated by a happy ending to the story of a puppy trapped in an Istanbul borehole.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on February 15

What’s next for Turkish Kurds' political movement?

Hit by an unprecedented crackdown, representatives of Turkey’s Kurdish political movement explain their vision for the future.
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 Ali Bayramoglu on February 15

Why Israeli tourists are returning to Sinai despite warnings

Israeli official warnings about security threats are not stopping young Israelis from heading down to Sinai beaches.
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 Conor Sheils for Al-Monitor on February 16

Gaza barber plays with fire

A Palestinian barber in Gaza is giving his clients a unique haircut by straightening and styling their hair with fire.
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 Najlaa Eskafi on February 17

Displaced Iraqis leave camps as smoke clears in east Mosul

Hundreds of displaced Iraqis are returning home to eastern Mosul, though the liberated districts still suffer from a lack of security and public services.
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 Dilshad Abdullah on February 15

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