Culture & Society


Francophone Book Fair Kicks Off in Beirut

The Francophone Book Fair starts in Beirut, bringing with it a number of prominent authors and cultural events.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on November 3

AKP Trips on Islamic Tweets

Religious rhetoric by Justice and Development Party elites over marginal or irrelevant issues often seem unnecessary and divisive.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on November 3

Palestinian Culture ‘First Victim’ Of Political Divide

In light of political and governmental crises in the Palestinian territories, culture has suffered a serious setback.
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Translated from Al-Ayyam (P.A.) on November 3

Syrian Publishing Houses Survive Amid Crisis

The 2½-year crisis ravaging Syria has led to a significant decline in cultural activity, as Syrian publishing houses strive to remain operational amid dire economic conditions and strict governmental monitoring.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on November 3

Israeli Army Avoids Confronting Settler Violence

West Bank settlers have once again attacked Palestinian residents and soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, and once again the army and police showed no attempt to apprehend the lawbreakers.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on November 1

Turkey Crosses Threshold On Islamic Headscarves

Turkey is breathing a sigh of relief after four female AKP deputies wearing headscarves to the parliament's general assembly caused only minor grumbling from the staunchly Kemalist opposition.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on November 1

Eva's Story Highlights Plight Of Women in Lebanon

The story of a 13-year-old Lebanese girl who was kidnapped and forced into marriage highlights the overall plight of Lebanese women today.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on November 1

Palestinian Government Boosts Sports As Means of Resistance

The Palestinian government has been cultivating national sports and athletics in a bid to revive patriotism and forge unity.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on November 1

Documentary on Palestine Screened in Gaza

Director Nabil Ayouch of "My Land," a documentary on Palestinian memory, recounts the day he spent in the Gaza Strip, where he attended the film's screening in June.
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Translated from TelQuel (Morocco) on October 31

Headscarf Returns to Turkish Parliament

Four female deputies from Turkey's Justice and Development Party went on the hajj and are now making history by returning to parliament wearing headscarves. 
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 Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor on October 31

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