Dying as a Muslim in Greece
The fate of Muslims who pass away in Greece is fraught with complexities and uncertainties that are now presenting Nassim and her family with unwelcome challenges. As soon as Nassim’s father died, she had to make a tough choice: bury him in Athens knowing that his body will be exhumed after three years, as per Greek law, or send his body nearly 500 miles away to Thrace, in the northeast near the Greek-Turkish border, where the country’s only Muslim cemetery is located.
Britain's Facebook Border Wall
Social media platforms have woven sophisticated surveillance and influence technologies directly into the fabric of our day-to-day lives. This is nothing new, as we all know from the ubiquitous ads that most of us have learned to tune out. But what has previously been hidden from sight is that this same technology is now being used by governments, giving them powers they didn’t have before.
Chips Oman Keeps the Past Alive in Dubai’s Booming Food Scene
Dubai is, after all, a city riddled with opulence and unapologetic about it — gold vending machines, 23-karat edible gold sundaes and a collective penchant for all things over the top. In contrast, the hero ingredient of the cheap, cheerful sandwich is the humble Chips Oman, a brand of potato chips that debuted back in 1983 and is widely dubbed Oman’s greatest export.
How Conscientious Objection Laws Create Backdoor Abortion Bans in Europe
In recent years, some European countries have introduced “conscientious objection” clauses allowing medical institutions to summarily opt out of performing abortion or providing contraception. The move coincides with a mobilization of the Catholic Church and an American conservative Christian law firm. But many medical providers and patients are decrying the situation for undermining access to abortion in places where the procedure is perfectly legal.
An Organ-Trafficking Plot Lands a Nigerian Senator in a UK Prison
The frantic testimony he gave over the next few hours would culminate in the dramatic downfall of one of Nigeria’s most prominent political families. Three were convicted of conspiring to harvest the man’s organs, in the first such case tried under modern slavery laws introduced in 2015 in the U.K.
Far From the Tourist Areas, Maldivians Live a Markedly Different Existence
A seasonal worker tells me it is frustrating for her to see the life she cannot have. It’s not the guests she envies but the expat staffers, who can drink what they want, eat what they want — and when they have had their fill of the precarious island paradise, leave.
Russians in Turkey Are Finding New Ways To Oppose the War in Ukraine
Reading a book, discussing the political meaning of a painting or expressing a personal opinion out loud about a war they want no part of can be powerful acts of resistance, and the first steps for exiles who are realizing that life can be different, not only in Turkey, but also in their home country.