A Feast for the Faithful

Indulging in gourmet meals and heavy desserts especially prepared for Ramadan may be ironic during this sacred month, which is about foregoing worldly pleasures and commemorating the struggles of the needy. The fact that the day-long fasting usually ends with a vast assortment of delicacies for many, makes it no surprise that most Muslims around… Continue reading A Feast for the Faithful

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Iranian Rappers: Protect Ya Neck

It could have happened almost anywhere in the world. Sporting sunglasses and flourescent sneakers, a small group of men and women danced on a rooftop to “Happy,” the hit single by Pharrell Williams. They filmed the party and uploaded the video to YouTube, where it received more than a million hits. But what makes that… Continue reading Iranian Rappers: Protect Ya Neck

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Lebanese Healthcare Ambitions

Since its establishment in 1902, the American University of Beirut Medical Center’s (AUBMC) commitment has centered on providing the highest quality of patient care while training its medical body to be the best in serving patients, and in maintaining integrity and empathy to the benefit of all its patients, staff, and community members. Stemming out… Continue reading Lebanese Healthcare Ambitions

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Bitcoin or Broke

Despite speed, cost-efficiency and a simplified process, bitcoin, as a cryptocurrency, some argue, has failed to dominate the global financial system. Others, however,  continue to root for it as a future currency. Bitcoin was developed in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto, someone who uses a pseudonym. To date, no one knows their identity. There are other… Continue reading Bitcoin or Broke

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Yemen Cinema: Behind The Scenes

“Is there a cinema industry in Yemen?” asks Yahiya Suhail, a 52-year-old actor, director, scenarist and theater critic, his gaping mouth and wide eyes signaling his confusion and surprise. Although Suhail has been in the business for 40 years, that was his answer when Newsweek Middle East asked him about the current state of the cinema industry… Continue reading Yemen Cinema: Behind The Scenes

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Dubai Bollywood Parks: Raising The Entertainment Bar

Enhancing the entertainment landscape of Dubai is no mean feat, but Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) aims to win the challenge with a new project that aims to attract up to 7 million people in 2017. With all its past mind-blowing projects—including the Palm Island, World Islands and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower—many had… Continue reading Dubai Bollywood Parks: Raising The Entertainment Bar

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Safeguarding Palestinian History

On top of a hill not far from the West Bank City of Ramallah, where on a clear sunny day one can see the Mediterranean, sits a curiously shaped building. The $28 million stone and glass terrace-shaped structure is the new Palestinian Museum, which was designed by the Dublin-based Heneghan Peng. The design, according to… Continue reading Safeguarding Palestinian History

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A Colonial Canvas: The Art of Shahzia Sikander

Nestled above the glittering, modernist skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong is an isolated remnant of the city’s fading colonial past. In the mid-19th century, at the height of its imperial power, the British army built the Old Victoria Barracks to produce explosives and ammunition for the empire’s eastern wing. For a city that rose to… Continue reading A Colonial Canvas: The Art of Shahzia Sikander

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Top Gun

When Zaha Hadid died, the world bemoaned a visionary talent. Who was there to replace her? Architecture is a notoriously difficult space in which to make a mark; it took many years before one of her designs was realized. And an architect that can marry the designs of the east and the west—yet still find… Continue reading Top Gun

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Book Review: Extremist Eclipse

The war in Syria is becoming less and less about Syria. At the diplomatic level, it has turned into a sordid spectacle where foreign powers with conflicting and probably irreconcilable objectives—most notably Russia, the United States, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia—squabble amongst themselves. In Europe, it has turned into a debate about immigration and the… Continue reading Book Review: Extremist Eclipse

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Is Zika on our Doorstep?

Three months ago, most people had never heard of the Zika virus. Today, it makes global headlines on a daily basis. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ marking only the fourth time an outbreak has been given such a designation in WHO’s history. The label… Continue reading Is Zika on our Doorstep?

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