Culture & Society

Culture & Society

Reformist media welcomes rare appearance of Hajjarian

The presence of Saeed Hajjarian, the main Reformist theoretician, has energized Reformist media.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on May 27

Turkey restricts academic research on Syrian refugees

Turkey's Interior Ministry now requires academics to get prior approval before conducting research on the country's 2 million Syrian refugees.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 27

Reassessing consequences of occupation in Iraq

According to interviews conducted by Al-Monitor, the British and US occupations of Iraq might, arguably, have positive repercussions on the country.
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 Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on May 27

Egypt names hard-core soccer fans as terror group

In an arguably unconstitutional ruling, an Egyptian court has banned the Ultras soccer fan clubs as terrorist organizations.
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 Emily Crane for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 27

Israelis use technology to battle government corruption

On the backdrop of the recent exposure of several serious alleged corruption affairs, former minister Michael Eitan argues that social networks and technology are changing public norms and pressuring elected officials to respect the rule of law.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 26

AKP claims God is on its side

Liberals and others should be concerned about AKP rhetoric proclaiming that God, the nation and history is on its side and that a vote for an opposing party is the mark of an infidel.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on May 26

What happened to the Abu Dhabi Film Festival?

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has been unexpectedly canceled, begging questions about the reasons behind the decision and its impact on the film industry in the region.
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 Joseph Fahim for Al-Monitor on May 27

Is Islamic State 'secondary priority' for Saudi Arabia?

Riyadh is preoccupied with the military campaign in Yemen; Velayati tells Lebanese officials there will be no deal on Assad; the Turkish opposition party is under attack ahead of June 7 elections.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on May 24

Secular Jews rediscover Jewish heritage

Tel Aviv council member Mickey Gitzin explains how secular Jews have created their own narratives and celebrations in regard to the Feast of Weeks celebration on May 23-24.
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 Yuval Avivi for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 24

Egypt Nile water pollution on the rise

Egypt’s Nile water pollution rates are alarming, and people and natural life are being affected, while the efforts on the part of the government to fix the situation remain questionable.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 22

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