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‘The Swimmers’ Adapts the Mardini Sisters’ Story Into a Feel-Good Film

A Hero’s Journey

In the same way the film draws attention to the journey more than 1 million people have taken to seek refuge in Europe, a series that dug further into the contrast between the two swimmers could have shone light on the way humanitarian workers are criminalized and mobilized global solidarity to drop the charges against Sara Mardini.

The Fallout of a Failed Jihadist Insurgency in the Philippines

Jihadists’ Last Stand in the Philippines

The battle for control of the Philippines’ “Islamic City” was a five-month nightmare in a town 5,000 miles from the dying caliphate of the Islamic State. Years later, its consequences are still being felt.

The Best Books We Read This Year

The Best Books We Read This Year

A list of our staff’s favorite books that they read this year

10 Essays To Read Again in 2023

10 Essays To Read Again in 2023

As has become tradition, we wanted to share with you a list of our staff’s favorite essays from the past year. We hope you’ll find something of interest in this eclectic collection of stories.

Filming for Redemption: An Interview with Dina Amer

Filming for Redemption: An Interview with Dina Amer

Haunted by her complicity in slandering Hasna Ait Boulahcen as a suicide bomber, writer-director Dina Amer embarked on a seven-year journey to understand and depict Boulahcen’s life. “You Resemble Me” is the result. New Lines sat down for an interview with Amer to talk about the film.

What Theodor Herzl’s Zionist-Utopian Novel Says About Israel Today

What Theodor Herzl’s Zionist-Utopian Novel Says About Israel Today

Herzl is still considered one of Israel’s founding fathers. But his novel “Altneuland” — unlike his 1896 manifesto — is seldom remembered. There might be a reason for that. Read the utopian novel and you’ll see how far Herzl’s vividly imagined, Jewish-led cooperative in Palestine diverges from the Israel of today.

The Artist Who Captured a Bygone Cairo

The Artist Who Captured a Bygone Cairo

Menhat Helmy was a pioneering printmaker and painter, and among the first Egyptian artists to create elaborate etchings that captured the intricacies and minutiae of life in Cairo during unprecedented socioeconomic changes that transformed the country under former president Gamal Abdel Nasser.