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Hip Hop Finds Its Groove in North Africa

Hip Hop Finds Its Groove in North Africa

North African rappers and emcees are boldly approaching hip-hop and the larger Arabic music landscape by exploring taboo themes and proactively deconstructing societal markers of North African identity.

An Abandoned Village Bears Witness to Lebanon’s Famines – Old and New

Lebanon’s Famines – Old and New

The Memory Tree honors victims of the terrible famine that wiped out a third of the country's population a century ago. That same fickle, self-serving politics by Lebanon’s rulers has now plunged the country into a spiraling socioeconomic crisis, which is pushing people into hunger once again.

Becoming Turkish-American in Iran

Becoming Turkish-American in Iran

Will I give those challenging my way of life the benefit of the doubt, as I preached to my Turkish friends, or will I approach them with extreme suspicion?

Apologists Call Assad Secular. Assad Tells Syrians Otherwise

Assad’s Sham Secularism

“What is the difference between a human and an animal?” Assad said. “Humans have feelings and animals have feelings. … Humans speak and parrots speak … animals have brains and they learn. … The difference between a human and an animal is just one thing that human beings have: creed.”