Culture & Society

Egyptian government resists attempts to end torture

The longtime struggle by human rights groups to stop torture at the hands of the Egyptian security services shows no signs of improvement.
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 Aya Nader for Al-Monitor on April 27

Egypt's multi-cultural festival dances to beat of one drum

Egypt embraces international cultures and showcases its unique heritage in the 5th annual International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts.
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 Salwa Samir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 26

Sunnis fear spread of Shiite influence in Samarra

Residents and political representatives in the predominantly Sunni city of Samarra take issue with what they see as increased Shiite influence in the city.
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 Wassim Bassem on April 26

How Israel’s president is shifting his country’s worldview

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin objects to the worldview where all threats to Israel are considered through the prism of the Holocaust, as preached by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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 Mazal Mualem on April 25

Egypt's Islamist parties are all about marriage, not politics for women

The meetings organized by the Nour Party for its female members discussing marital issues have raised controversy as to the role of female politicians in the Egyptian political scene.
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 Walid Salah on April 26

Syrian refugee artists in Jordan add color to the desert

Syrian artists who found refuge in Jordan are painting the container homes at the Zaatari camp in the hope of lifting the spirits of camp residents.
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 Mohammad Ersan on April 25

Glory days for Cairo's hammams have returned

High beauty care prices have driven Egyptian women to traditional bathhouses not only for personal hygiene but also for rest and relaxation at an affordable price.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 25

Congress-mandated panel accused of whitewashing Israeli discrimination against Christians

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom is under fire from one of its own.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 24

Erdogan offers 'condolences' during Armenian genocide events

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a message of support to an Armenian genocide commemoration in Istanbul in a radical departure from previous government policy.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on April 24

How journalism became a crime in Turkey

The state's indictment against executives and journalists of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet daily constitutes an unprecedented legal scandal, indicating that criticism of the government is now considered a crime.
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 Ali Bayramoglu on April 24

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