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Archaeology Turns Political to Benefit a Trio of Middle East Strongmen

Dictators and Hijacked Heritage

Both Saddam and Assad recognized the value of their countries’ archaeological heritage and adapted it to suit their interpretations of what they thought the Baath Socialist Party should be.

Why Kurds Fight

Why Kurds Fight

Whoever “goes to the mountains” — the metaphor that Kurds use for joining the PKK — must undergo an education on a wide range of issues, from the basics of evolutionary biology and early human migratory patterns out of Africa to the intricacies of Kurdish nationalism and many things in-between.

Ukraine Embraces its Jewish Minority, and Reckons with its Traumatic History

Ukraine Embraces its Jewish Minority, and Reckons with its Traumatic History

Add it all up, and Ukraine’s Jews are witnessing an unprecedented embrace. “Jews are more accepted today in Ukraine than at any time in its history,” said David Fishman, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America who teaches in Kyiv and has written about Ukraine’s Jews.

David Lepeska
Kamel Daoud’s Latest Novel Shows the Power of True Art Over Warmed-Over Cultural Debate

Kamel Daoud’s Latest Novel Shows the Power of True Art Over Warmed-Over Cultural Debate

The fact that it was the condemnation of Western intellectuals that silenced Daoud and not the Fatwa issued against him by an Islamist cleric in 2015 should give those intellectuals pause.

Morten Høi Jensen
Ex-Saudi Intelligence Head Weighs In on Afghanistan

Ex-Saudi Intelligence Head Weighs In on Afghanistan

The closest Prince Turki al-Faisal comes to expressing regret is when he writes that he and his American counterparts might have been too focused on the immediate aim of winning the war in Afghanistan, rather than the potential long-term consequences of their actions.

Tam Hussein
Jordan’s Elite Shrug Their Shoulders in Light of Latest Revelations of King’s Wealth

Jordan’s Elite Shrug Their Shoulders in Light of Latest Revelations of King’s Wealth

Jordan’s King Abdullah was a central headline in the Pandora Papers scandal. But far from denting his reputation, the elites he draws his power from are seeing it as an attack on Jordan, giving rise to speculation bordering on conspiracy as to who’s behind it, reversioning other political events of the past year. As a result, sympathy for the king has only grown.

Lydia Wilson
How to Survive the Disinformation Wars

How to Survive the Disinformation Wars

Nina Jankowicz is a fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and the author of “How to Lose the Information War.” Natalia Antonova is a journalist, an expert in online security and the former editor of the investigations website Bellingcat. In this extensive podcast with New Lines Magazines’ Faisal…

New Lines Podcast