Culture & Society

Culture & Society

Israel shouldn't turn battle for gay rights into right-left conflict

The LGBT battle for an equal society crosses the Israeli political spectrum, which is why its members should not have alienated right-wing politicians who wished to participate at the rally commemorating the murder of a teenager at the gay pride parade.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on August 3

Egypt plans to raise crops in sub-Saharan Africa

Egypt plans to agriculturally integrate with a number of water-rich countries in Africa to address the worsening food shortages in Egypt and the country’s inability to increase the size of agricultural land because of a lack of water.
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 Walaa Hussein for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on August 3

Scholarship scandal strains PA's ties with Venezuela

The recent furor over mismanaged scholarships to a Venezuelan medical school is further evidence that the Palestinian Authority takes advantage of foreign aid and grants while ignoring Palestinians’ needs.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 3

Family members deny Gaza women their inheritances

Women in Gaza are often denied their inheritance rights, which is why the Women's Affairs Center launched a project to raise awareness among women and empower them to claim their rights.
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 Mohammed Othman for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on August 3

Israel faces a rise in Jewish terrorism

Israeli security branches have been given approval to use a wider range of methods to curb violence by extremist settlers responsible for price tag attacks and the recent murder of a Palestinian baby.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on August 3

Why are Israelis turning a blind eye to settler violence?

The murders of a Palestinian toddler and a teenage girl have shaken Israelis from a willful blindness toward an already deteriorating situation that must be addressed to prevent a slide toward even more violence.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on August 3

Iranian hard-liners take aim at culture minister

Already holding two "yellow cards" from parliament, Iran's culture minister may be on the verge of impeachment as conservatives ramp up criticism.
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 Arash Bahmani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on August 2

Politics keep Lebanon from taking out the trash

The Lebanese Cabinet failed to reach solutions to the waste crisis in Lebanon, mainly in Mount Lebanon, where garbage is threatening to contaminate underground water.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on July 31

Gaza money traders profit from dollar-shekel exchange rate manipulations

Gazans are calling for tighter monitoring by the authorities over money traders, who they believe are manipulating dollar-shekel exchange rates to their advantage.
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 Iyad Qatrawi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 31

Pink taxis seek to put brakes on harassment of women

One Egyptian is bringing the "pink taxi" initiative to his country, a project to offer women safer and more comfortable public transportation.
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 Reham Mokbel for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 31

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