Arts & Culture

Hip-Hop Rules at Grammys Show, Adele Falls Flat

By Jill Serjeant Feb 16 – Hip-hop ruled the Grammys stage on Monday in performances that put racial tension back in the national spotlight and where some of music’s biggest stars failed to deliver, or in the case of Rihanna, failed to show up at all. Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” lost out on

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The Pakistan Super League: What a beauty

By Omar R Quraishi Who would have thought a couple of years ago, when the Indian Premier League launched and was in full swing, and where Pakistani players were considered persona non grata, that Pakistan would get its own T20 league. Thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board and in particular executive board member Najam Sethi,

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A successful KLF: Signs That Karachi is Getting Back on its Feet

By Omar R Quraishi Karachi is a city of well over 20 million people, and that means it has more people than many countries. In fact, it would rank 60th out approximately 200 countries. For a city that size, it suffers from a massive image problem and some would say not without good reason. For

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In Aleppo, Underground Schools Face Bombardments and Burnout

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 8 – At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don’t go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky. With 110 teachers, most of them new to the profession, the organization runs

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Director Hopes Oscar-Nominated Film Will Help End Pakistan Honor Killings

By Syed Raza Hassan and Krista Mahr KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Reuters) – An Oscar-winning filmmaker hopes her latest Academy Award-nominated documentary will help bring tougher laws against honor killings in Pakistan, which account for the deaths of hundreds of women and men each year. The film, which follows the story of a young woman who

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Travel Agency in Isolated Gaza Recalls the “Golden” 1950s

By Nidal Al Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 6 – Nabil Shurafa’s travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. These days, he’s lucky if anyone comes in, as so few people can get out. The posters of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue

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Reel Progress

Nahla Al Fahad’s take on the hijab has won critical acclaim BY Arfa Shahid In a conversation with Newsweek Middle East, Emirati filmmaker, director and producer, Nahla Al Fahad, is contemplative. A packed schedule and constant travelling have not fazed Fahad, who is now known for her Oscar-shortlisted hijab documentary, The Tainted Veil. Fahad had known

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