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The Uncomfortable Embrace of a Return Visit to Lebanon

The Uncomfortable Embrace of a Return Visit to Lebanon

Despite rising inequality and three years of economic collapse, Lebanon still holds a singular allure amid the chaos. Returning is like a warm but slightly uncomfortable hug from a favorite relative you didn’t know you missed — smelly, cozy, warm and slightly suffocating unless you give in to the embrace.

A Harassment Case and Church Cover-Up Shake Aleppo’s Christian Community

A Harassment Case and Church Cover-Up Shake Aleppo’s Christian Community

The harassment allegations, which were followed by the testimonies of other young women who also alleged that the teacher had harassed them, and the church’s tepid response have prompted consternation in Aleppo’s tight-knit Christian community.

Can India’s Opposition March to Victory Against Modi?

Can India’s Opposition March to Victory Against Modi?

India's opposition, led by the Congress party, completes today an ambitious 2,260-mile-long march from the south to the north of the country. While it has added to leader Rahul Gandhi’s popularity, it remains uncertain whether this will translate into votes.

Kevin Hart’s Tour in Cairo Sparks Debate on Afrocentrism and the Pharaohs

Kevin Hart’s Tour in Cairo Sparks Debate on Afrocentrism and the Pharaohs

Egyptians have not taken kindly to Hart’s comments about ancient Egypt, and a viral campaign was launched, calling for the cancellation of the show of the superstar they accused of “blackwashing” and “stealing their history.”

Behind the Hamline University Incident — with Erika López Prater and Christiane Gruber

Behind the Hamline University Incident — with Erika López Prater and Christiane Gruber

Erika López Prater, a former adjunct professor at Hamline University, showed students medieval depictions of the Prophet Muhammad for an art history class. Her contract was not renewed and the incident became the center of a nationwide controversy. Alongside Islamic art historian Christiane Gruber, she joins New Lines magazine’s Rasha Elass to discuss the rich variety of artistic traditions within Islam and unpack the complicated web of factors behind the current controversy.