Culture & Society

How this Tunisian commission is fighting corruption

Speaking to Al-Monitor, the head of the Tunisian Anti-Corruption Commission, Chawki Tabib, discusses the commission’s plan for the future and steps to fight corruption that hinders the building of a democratic state.
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 Ahmed Nadhif for Al-Monitor on December 7

Egyptians hope international recognition will stick for ancient martial art

Players of tahtib, an ancient Egyptian stick fighting martial art, are on a mission to revive the early art form now as an internationally recognized sport.
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 Menna A. Farouk for Al-Monitor on December 7

Meet Gaza’s top businesswoman

Mona Adnan Ghalayini, Gaza’s top businesswoman, talks to Al-Monitor about her journey to reach the position she currently occupies despite the social restrictions.
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 Amjad Yaghi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on December 5

Will new law restrict Egyptian NGOs' activities?

The Egyptian parliament has approved a new law to regulate the activities of civil society organizations and monitor their sources of funding, although some view this as going against the Egyptian Constitution.
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 Khalid Hassan for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 5

Iran's political paranoia includes children of foreign fathers

Iran’s civil code excludes children born to Iranian mothers and foreign fathers from Iranian citizenship, leaving tens of thousands of children in limbo.
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 Leila Alikarami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 5

Ultra-Orthodox soldiers in Israel rejected by their own

Ultra-Orthodox soldiers whose families and communities rejected them for enlisting are finding solace in a new organization of Israelis who have pledged to support them.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on December 5

Deadly fire in religious girls dorm shakes Turkey

Tragedies similar to the deadly fire in a religious girls dorm in Turkey will continue until the mindset that causes them changes.
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 Riada Asimovic Akyol for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 4

New museum space brings Tunisia's history to life

An exhibit called "The Rise of a Nation," on display in the Qsar es-Said palace, features crucial documents in the rise of modern and democratic Tunisia, as well as 300 Ottoman-era paintings, costumes, religious objects and furniture.
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 Sarah Souli for Al-Monitor on December 2

Egyptian artist defies odds with Photoshop's newest cover

After having his artwork featured on the cover of Photoshop's latest edition, Amr Elshamy hopes to transition from digital art to animated movies.
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 Amira Sayed Ahmed for Al-Monitor on December 5

Raising awareness using puppets in Egypt

Egyptian lawyer Rania Refaat has been performing shows using puppets across Egypt as part of her initiative to shed light on many social issues and raise awareness about citizens’ rights.
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 Youssra el-Sharkawy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 4

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