March 16th Issue

Turkey: Gagged

Turkey has taken aim at its own press. But they are not taking it lying down By Aysegul Sert Right now Turkey’s global importance as a democratic power is on shaky ground. Any media that are deemed critical of the government are censored. Journalists who object the escalating erosion of civil and human rights and the crumbling of basic democratic values are being arrested and jailed. Today’s political landscape is grim, but history has shown that in moments of division and despair solutions can be found, compromises can be made, and hope for tolerance and reconciliation between dissenting factions can be renewed and embraced. Democratic reform, however, appears unlikely under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AK) Party, which has been in power since 2002. The consensus among critics is that it’s already too late to hold out hope for negotiated compromise. Turkey is on a slippery slop (Read More)

Inside Cover

Libya: Off the Shoulder Slaughter

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Features

Palestine: The Lone Ranger

A Palestinian woman is determined to stay in her home despite settlers’ intimidation tactics By Maher Abukhater When Jamila Shalaldeh…

Lebanon: The Disappeared

When people go missing without a trace during civil wars, life stands still for their families By Mostapha Raad The…

Down Time

Ayurveda: Eat, Pray Sweat

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Bitcoin or Broke

Is bitcoin a revolutionary technology or a passing fad for the Middle East? BY Arfa Shahid Despite speed, cost-efficiency and…