Culture & Society

Culture & Society


Beirut re-brushed

Despite Lebanon's political and security challenges, Beirut is witnessing an upsurge in the art scene with established and new museums exhibiting Arab artworks.
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 Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi for Al-Monitor on March 3

Starbucks becomes flashpoint between Turks, Armenians

Armenian-American activists are scoring major points against an angry and misinformed Turkish public.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 3

Palestinian protests in Ramon Prison set to spread

Palestinian prisoners have staged protests in Ramon Prison in Israel, and during March protests are expected to expand to other prisoners and the broader Palestinian community.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on March 3

War puts Syrians on unexpected career paths

Young graduates in Damascus are having a hard time to secure a job in their field, thus turning to nongovernmental organizations and volunteer work.
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Mustafa al-Haj for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on March 3

Egypt closes 27,000 places of worship

The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowment has shuttered 27,000 local places of worship under the pretext of fighting terrorism, while awarding 400 preaching permits to Salafists.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 3

Women's roles in Hamas slowly evolve

The Hamas movement is keen to encourage women’s participation in military and social life, depending on women to mobilize support.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 2

Life in Gaza gives Palestinian satirists plenty of material

Gazans have embraced satirical videos and publications that reflect the Gaza Strip's economic, social and political crises.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 2

Egypt’s terrorism law whittles down opposition

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a new decision regarding Egypt’s anti-terrorism law, running the risk of labeling most opposition groups and human rights organizations as terrorist entities.
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 Enas Hamed for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on March 2

Turkey is becoming more secular, not less

In a new book, Volkan Erit argues that despite an increasingly Islamist government, Turkish society is actually becoming less strident in its religious tastes.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on March 2

Iraqi archaeological sites remain at risk

Following a recently released video of Islamic State militants destroying important artifacts at the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, there are fears that the city’s archaeological sites are at risk of destruction.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on March 2

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