Culture & Society

Gaza renews taxi fleet to dismay of old cab drivers

For the first time in nine years, Israel has allowed the entry of new taxi cars into Gaza, a decision that appealed to Gazans but was met with criticism by the owners of old and dilapidated cars, who fear that the new cars will put them out of business.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 3

Women rule shadowy world of ultra-Orthodox cinema

Popular ultra-Orthodox movies, created by ultra-Orthodox women for all-female audiences and screened for only two weeks each year, are still not conservative enough to maintain the entire sector's support.
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 Mordechai Goldman for Al-Monitor Israel Pulse on May 3

Syrian students struggle in Egypt's schools

Getting an education is becoming even harder for Syrian refugees in Egypt as some schools resist taking on more Syrian students.
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 Nahla ElNemr for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 3

How Syrian women are gaining new confidence in Turkish refugee camp

Syrian women who take part in craft workshops in Islahiye refugee camp learn new skills, earn some extra money and above all find a place of support.
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 Brenda Stoter for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on May 2

Islamic State isn’t the only one calling for a caliphate in Turkey

The Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir is hosting a series of conferences in Ankara and Istanbul calling for a caliphate to be reinstated and demanding the closure of the US and British embassies to end terror in Turkey.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 2

Saudi IS members killing their own relatives

The control demonstrated by the Islamic State over some young Saudi minds apparently exceeds even that of prominent Muslim leaders.
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 Ibrahim al-Hatlani for Al-Monitor on May 2

Why is Jordan restricting Palestinians' travel?

Palestinians have been fighting repressive Israeli travel restrictions for years, now they face Jordanian ones too.
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 Daoud Kuttab for Al-Monitor on April 29

On Children’s Day in Turkey, adults set bad example

The anniversary of the opening of the Turkish parliament coincided with the centennial of an Ottoman military victory in Iraq during World War I, creating a new fault line in Turkey.
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 Barın Kayaoğlu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 1

Does Erdogan want his own Islamic state?

Erdogan is willing to not abolish Turkey’s constitutional secularism, as some fear, but rather to use religion in the most effective way.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on April 29

Easter in Egypt resurrects debate over travel to Israel

In the lead-up to Orthodox Easter May 1, disputes have resurfaced over visits by Egyptian Copts to Jerusalem.
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 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 29

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