Arts & Culture

This Elderly Lebanese Gentleman Has Some Serious Dance Moves

The traditional Levantine folk dance, known as ‘dabke,’ has been doing its rounds on the internet thanks to the #WallDanceChallenge that has been dominating social media trends lately. The challenge spread to U.S., France, UAE, Mexico and even Argentina after a video went viral of a group of Lebanese-Australian men doing the dabke – literally

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Hobby Lobby to Forfeit Ancient Iraqi Artifacts in Settlement with U.S. DOJ

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, July 6 – Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has agreed to forfeit thousands of illegally smuggled ancient Middle Eastern artifacts obtained from antiquities dealers for a Bible museum headed by its president, the company and U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts purchased by

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The Bodywashers Living with a Taboo

Click here for the Arabic version of this story. By Tabish Khan It was the summer of 1992 and massive protests were going on in Soura, Srinagar —the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Thousands of protesters had come out on the streets. They had gathered around an unidentified decaying body of a 16-year-old boy lying

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Tower of Human Skulls in Mexico Casts New Light on Aztecs

By Roberto Ramirez MEXICO CITY, July 1 – A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls

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Mosul: First Eid Without Daesh

By Alaa Marjani MOSUL, Iraq, June 28- People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Daesh in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over. Children gathered in squares on the eastern side of

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How a Hashtag on Wednesdays is Fighting Iran’s Dress Code for Women

BEIRUT, June 28 – Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in Iran wearing white headscarves or white clothing as part of a growing online protest. To campaign against the obligatory wearing of headscarves – or hijabs –

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With Old Bicycles, Refugees Ride into New Life in London

By Lin Taylor LONDON, June 21 – On a balmy, breezy afternoon in south London, dozens of people tinker on secondhand bicycles inside a small workshop, preparing to give them to the several refugees waiting nearby. As the evening sun lingers, the growing crowd spills onto the quiet leafy street, where asylum seekers eagerly don

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