Poor Beirut neighborhood's facelift only skin deep

Friday, Sep. 22, 2017 | Florence Massena, Contributor

An art project in Beirut’s Ouzai neighborhood is bringing color to the area, but urban planners are not impressed with what they see as a simplistic approach to its complex legal and economic problems.

Ancient Syrian mosaics crumble under weight of war

Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 | Asaad Hanna, Contributor

The war in Syria has destroyed many of its ancient mosaics and threatens the craft of making them.

Egypt revamps cave museum devoted to Nazi general

Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017 | Salwa Samir, Contributor

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry has renovated and reopened a museum in a cave used by Erwin Rommel, the Nazi general known as the "Desert Fox," during his campaign against the British in 1942.

Can indie films spark social dialogue in rural Egypt?

Friday, Apr. 15, 2016 | Reham Mokbel, Contributor

Despite obstacles, the Egyptian civil society group Cinema Everywhere Initiative is screening independent films to help broaden the cultural horizons of underprivileged citizens in Upper Egypt.

Which ancient leader is really buried in colossal Tower of Tughrul?

Monday, Sep. 7, 2015 | Enis Erdem Aydin, Contributor

Controversy surrounds a 12th-century tomb tower carrying the name of the founder of the Seljuk dynasty, Tughrul Beg.

Weak security plagues Egypt’s archaeological sites

Monday, Sep. 7, 2015 | Khalid Hassan, Contributor

Security is tight in Egypt’s state institutions, but neglect is slowly destroying the country’s rich heritage as archaeological sites lack trained and armed security guards to protect them from terrorists and looting.

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