Culture & Society

Culture & Society

Iran's Basij lash out at nuclear deal

While President Rouhani has not faced severe criticism over the nuclear deal from Principlists and even IRGC commanders, some members of the Basij are voicing their opposition
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on July 30

Tobacco eats away West Bank agricultural lands

Tobacco cultivation is expanding rapidly in the West Bank without regulation, threatening the Palestinian economy and agriculture.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on July 30

Family feud: Bibi's brother-in-law slams current government

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Hagai Ben-Artzi, the brother of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, dismissed the current Israeli government as insufficiently right.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 30

Netanyahu, Bennett square off over settlers

Recent protests by settlers have pitted Education Minister Naftali Bennett against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a fight over right-wing support.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on July 29

Lapid, Herzog veer right

Israeli center-left leaders' adoption of rhetoric to appeal to the right instead of crafting credible policy alternatives indicates that they have not learned the lessons from their March electoral loss and will be unprepared for early elections.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on July 29

Egyptian police launch campaign to improve image

Egypt's police force and Interior Ministry are trying to build goodwill among the populace through charity, a move some critics say is politically motivated.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 28

Israel's community gardens bloom

In Tel Aviv and across Israel, residents join communities that cultivate community vegetable gardens, enjoying the once lost sense of sharing between neighbors while developing a more sustainable approach to life.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 28

Israelis reflect on dangers of 'unjustified hatred'

On Tisha B'av, religious and secular Jews gather to debate the issue of bigotry and the often difficult relations between the many diverse sectors of Israeli society.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on July 28

Egypt’s journalists worry new anti-terror law could send them to jail

Egypt’s new draft anti-terrorism law is not sitting well with journalists, who claim the law is unnecessary and violates the rights of the Egyptian people.
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 Mohamed Saied for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on July 27

Arab Knesset leader: Don't call me 'a demographic problem'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Joint List Chair Ayman Odeh argues that calling for the preservation of a Jewish majority in Israel excludes Arabs from public discourse.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on July 27

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