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The Day My Wartime Cat Went Missing

The Day My Wartime Cat Went Missing

There is a local proverb that asks God for shelter from calamity, when all is lost in a blink of an eye, suddenly and irreversibly, during “saet al ghafleh” — the hour of oblivion — as you go about your day unaware of fate sneaking up on you from behind: a solemn figure that appears at your doorstep, a phone call that comes in the night, a beloved cat that goes missing.

A 1963 Novel Offers Lessons on Racism

The Stone Face Today

In a personal essay, terrorism and security reporter Tam Hussein considers his own run-ins with the police and the public, through the lens of William Gardner Smith’s classic 1963 novel “The Stone Face.”

Even in a Single Family, a Beirut Christmas Can Be Complicated

Even in a Single Family, a Beirut Christmas Can Be Complicated

While some foreigners find it interesting when I mention that I’m from a Sunni Muslim and Orthodox Christian family, the Lebanese almost always react with pity. Most believe that I must be “confused” or that my extended families are mutually hostile — or at least more mutually hostile than they would have otherwise been as Lebanese families. It doesn’t help that I am an “Itani” — bearing the name of a family synonymous with Sunni Islam in Beirut.

Faysal Itani
Christmas in Britain: Candles for All, God for Some

Christmas in Britain: Candles for All, God for Some

A citizen celebrates and reflects on Christmastime in the United Kingdom. Lydia Wilson, a New Lines editor, takes us through the traditions, rituals, and — increasingly — opportunities for consumerism in the holiday season in her hometown of York. She also ponders whether this season, rooted in and still reflecting religious rituals and traditions, is also now a time of year for all people to come together.

Lydia Wilson
The Lost Armenians of Gaziantep

The Lost Armenians of Gaziantep

In Turkish, there is a saying: “Mal sahibi, mülk sahibi, hani bunun ilk sahibi?” Roughly translated, it reads, “Landlord, property owner, where is the original owner?” Armenians of Aintab were torn away from their homes, neighborhoods and the city where they were born and raised. Their material and spatial wealth changed hands and was transformed. The entire Armenian dispossession produced the homogeneous Turkish city where I grew up.

Ümit Kurt
When I Spent Six Years Behind Bars, a Smuggled T-shirt Took on Deeper Meaning

When I Spent Six Years Behind Bars, a Smuggled T-shirt Took on Deeper Meaning

In prison, one is not just broken by torture, beatings and violent treatment. It is the continuous, systemic and unrelenting dehumanization that wrecks you in the end.

Abdelrahman ElGendy
Foreign Super Rich Prop Up a Famed Horse-Racing U.K. City

Foreign Super Rich Prop Up a Famed Horse-Racing U.K. City

Still heavily reliant on the racing industry, Newmarket has long served as a playground for the royals, and not just the British sovereigns: The United Arab Emirates’ Maktoum family quietly own swaths of the town — almost half of it, by some accounts

Lucy Chumbley