Culture & Society

Culture & Society

Egypt is now publishing Friday sermons in English, but is anyone reading them?

The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf has recently launched an English version of its official Friday sermon, although accessing it might be impossible for those who don’t read Arabic.
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 Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on November 25

Will Gaza’s public employees accept land in lieu of salaries?

Hamas resorted to drastic measures to cater to the employee salary crisis, as the consensus government has been neglecting this issue since it was formed in 2014.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 25

Who are 'Allah's lions'?

A mysterious security force has taken the lead in operations in Turkey’s Kurdish areas, raising alarm with its heavy-handed methods and seemingly religious motivation.
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 Orhan Kemal Cengiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 25

Turkey's embargo on YPG funerals

A family finally triumphs over Turkey's embargo on the bodies of its citizens who were killed fighting for the Kurdish YPG against the Islamic State.
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Irfan Aktan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 24

How one Palestinian is racing to get to the Olympics

Palestinian fitness instructor hopes to make it to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, despite discouragement from the Palestinian Olympic Committee.
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 Ash Gallagher for Al-Monitor on November 24

Palestinian film directors face social, political obstacles

Palestinian directors of documentary films hope to reach Arab and world film festivals, despite the political and social obstacles they face in Gaza.
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 Huda Baroud for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on November 24

Pollard and Vanunu: A tale of two spies

While criticizing the restrictions the US has imposed on released spy Jonathan Pollard and attempting to legislate state allocations for him, Israeli politicians ignore their government's restrictions on nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on November 24

Will the building of a Third Temple destroy the Jewish state?

Talking to Al-Monitor, Israeli author Yishai Sarid argues that the people creating a Third Temple atmosphere believe they are avant-garde, above the people, but as a secular Jew, Sarid counters this and brings the debate to life in his recent book, "The Third."
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on November 24

How some southeast Turkey residents are struggling with mystery murders, urban warfare

Residents in the southeastern Turkish town of Silvan are angry with the state and the Kurdistan Workers Party for the destruction of their town.
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 Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 23

Women were big losers in Turkey's elections

The number of women elected to parliament reached a new high in Turkey's June elections, but dropped in the Nov. 1 snap elections, especially in the victorious Justice and Development Party.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on November 23

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