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Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about translation, literature, graphic novels, the Middle East and multiculturalism. She is the author of three books.

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A New French Film Hints at Unity

A New French Film Hints at Unity

The left and right have all but disintegrated in France, and most topics have been pushed aside since the war in Ukraine. It is against this backdrop that Alice Diop’s beautiful and profoundly sociopolitical documentary, “Nous” (We), portrays France with clarity and even-handedness.

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In the West Bank, Plants Are Political

In the West Bank, Plants Are Political

Picking za’atar, ‘akkoub and miramiyyeh (sage) became a criminal offense punishable by fines and up to three years imprisonment, beginning with za’atar, in 1977, when the Israeli Nature Protection Agency decided it should become a protected species.

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‘Little Amal’ Fights for Young Refugees

‘Little Amal’ Fights for Young Refugees

The puppet wears a brightly colored skirt but no blouse, revealing the puppeteer inside who stands on stilts while strapped into the wicker frame. This fits into Handspring’s ethos of revealing the manipulator, because if the puppet is being handled well, they say, its manipulators disappear.

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Archaeology Turns Political to Benefit a Trio of Middle East Strongmen

Archaeology Turns Political to Benefit a Trio of Middle East Strongmen

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.

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The Divas of the Arab World

The Divas of the Arab World

The exhibition at IMA shines the spotlight on women who are not as well remembered as Umm Kulthum, such as the beloved star of Egyptian musicals, Laila Mourad, who was Jewish, or Warda, who was born in Paris of Algerian parents and began singing in her parents’ cabaret.

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