The Other Kurdish War

Historians battle to save the remnants of Kurdish culture BY  Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah When Mazhar Khaleghi was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1980, he says his only crime was being himself. A sitar player and singer of Kurdish folk songs, Khaleghi was something of a pop star among Kurds. He was

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Innovative Young Arabs

The region’s youth are creating new opportunities via social media By Jessy El Murr To say that young Arabs today lack serious opportunities would be the understatement of the century. For millions of Arab youth (about 105 million of them), the outlook consistently looks bleaker. This year’s Arab Human Development Report placed the region’s youth

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Back to the Village

Many Yemenis find themselves forced to take up farming for a living By Yasser Rayes & Mohammed Al Khayat “This country is terrifying its citizens. It has never occurred to me, not even in my worst nightmares, that a moment would come and force me to take the decision of returning to my far away village,

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The Week in History: December 7 – 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Bombed The Battle of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against a docked U.S. fleet at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which led to the U.S.’s entry into World

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A Hole in Time

Taliban and Daesh’s bullet marks turned into art pieces By Mishaal Khan We live in a world of constant change, with so much destruction, devastation, and uncertainty around us. At a time when historic buildings, holy sites and ancient monuments are being demolished at the hands of the enemy within, it is important to do

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The Real Victims

Daesh attacks civilians, including children fleeing Mosul By Cathy Otten Through a cloud of dust, Esme Jasim, 30 and her two children are carried from a black humvee and laid out on stretchers to be treated in a field clinic on Mosul’s eastern edge. Esme, a biologist from Mosul, can hear her 4-year-old daughter, Shahd screaming

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The Great Wilderness

Wildlife in Lebanon suffers from excessive hunting and human ignorance Pictures and story by Mostapha Raad Baloo the Syrian brown bear, does not know if it had any relatives living in the Lebanese wilderness. In fact, Baloo, 18, and his wife Teddy, 13, have been living alone for over a decade now, in a small house

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In the Line of Duty

Pakistan’s new Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has to deal with the challenges left behind by Gen. Raheel Sharif By Ejaz Haider Sometime ago, before writing an article on civil-military relations, I decided to do a simple experiment. I asked whoever I met that day to name Pakistan’s air force and navy chiefs. Except one, a

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Less Money, Mo’ Problems

Originally hailed as a victory over tax cheats and swindlers, India’s radical plan to recall much of its currency could end in disaster By Jason Overdorf  On November 8, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a surprise recall of more than 80 percent of the country’s cash in circulation, his supporters hailed the measure as

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