Culture & Society

Why Israel-Turkey deal didn't include return of IDF soldiers' remains

Israel's Cabinet ministers made the decision that in the case of the agreement with Turkey, national interest prevailed over the human concern to return the bodies of killed soldiers.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on June 30

Why Brexit makes life harder for Turkey

By voting to leave the European Union, Britons not only deepened Europe’s crisis, but dealt a blow to Turkey as well.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on June 30

Can Israeli left fight back through Facebook?

A private Facebook group is quietly working to promote the positions of the political left and influence the public discourse on Israeli social media platforms, which its leaders say are misleadingly dominated by an aggressive and hateful right-wing discourse.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on June 30

Has Egypt lost its status as star of Arab film industry?

Egyptian production companies have been struggling with growing debts, particularly as actors' salaries are increasing despite lagging revenues.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 29

Erdogan pens education plan for Turkey's 'devout generation'

Turkey’s ruling party has paved the way for a controversial education foundation that many see as a parallel system to educate young people in line with the AKP's ideology and Islamist tenets.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on June 29

Nablus' ancient mosques tell story of religions throughout history

Dozens of mosques dating back thousands of years are spread around the old city of Nablus, reflecting the rich history of the city.
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 Aziza Nofal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on June 29

Prized Lion of Babylon joins list of crumbling Iraqi antiquities

The ancient Lion of Babylon, Iraq’s national symbol, is critically threatened by erosion and neglect.
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 Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on June 30

Why Jordan is unlikely to reconsider decision to close borders

The international community has been pressuring Jordan to reconsider its decision to close its border following an IS attack on one of its border posts, but economic and security concerns indicate the kingdom is unlikely to change its position.
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 Osama Al Sharif for Al-Monitor on June 29

'The Singer' fails to express Nubian blues

Many Nubians are finding fault with a Ramadan TV series they say misrepresents their forced displacement more than half a century ago.
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 Albaraa Abdullah for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on June 28

Turks worked up over wanting more wives

Angry about the attention LGBT pride month has received during Ramadan, some conservative Muslim men complain about discrimination against Muslims in Turkey and say that, according to their religion, they should have the right to marry more than one woman.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on June 28

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