Culture & Society

Culture & Society

Is Turkey driving down a road to environmental disaster?

The Turkish government’s Green Road Project has turned the quiet residents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home region into feisty street protesters as they struggle to protect the environment on which their livelihoods and traditions rely.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on September 3

Shopping in Gaza's flea market

Gaza’s markets offering secondhand goods are frequented by the poor and rich who are searching for high-quality goods at reduced prices.
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 Moath al-Amoudi for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on September 3

New Istanbul bookstore-cafe focuses on Arab culture, refugee experience

A small group of Syrian intellectuals has founded a bookstore-cafe in Istanbul, hoping to bridge cultures and promote Arab refugees' rich literary and cultural heritage.
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 Sarah Nasr for Al-Monitor on September 3

What's next for Abadi?

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's moderate path in implementing government reforms has kept the peace among the governing political parties.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on September 3

Hunger-striking women's group hopes to bring peace to Israel

Members of the Women Wage Peace movement — a group of women from all sectors, ages and communities — hope that their recent meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will add another layer to the public movement they are building for peace with the Palestinians.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on September 3

Cairo tuk-tuk ban could leave commuters stuck-stuck

Though millions of Egyptians rely on cheap and versatile auto rickshaws to get around, the government has banned the mini taxis in several Cairo neighborhoods after efforts to regulate them failed.
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 Rami Galal for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 3

Turkey takes on the Islamic State ... in 40-page report

Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs has issued a 40-page report that condemns not just the Islamic State, but also "political Salafism."
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on September 2

European countries to Turkey: We pay, you keep Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees are the new ping-pong between EU countries and Turkey.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on September 2

Egypt earmarks $68 million to promote tourism

Egypt has awarded a major advertising agency a multimillion-dollar project to promote Egypt abroad in the hopes of boosting tourism following the security crises that have hurt the industry over the past few years.
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 Safiaa Mounir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on September 2

Facebook users take aim at crime, security checkpoints, life in Syria

Syrians are using social media to share their experiences, including at regime-controlled checkpoints, in this case with the goal of reaching decision-makers and improving the treatment of those stopped at them.
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Mustafa al-Haj for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on September 2

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