Cast of ‘The Godfather’ Reunite 45 years later in an emotional reunion

NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Al Pacino was considered too short, Marlon Brando was required to do a screen test, and director Francis Ford Coppola was almost fired. The director and cast of “The Godfather” reminisced on Saturday in a 45th anniversary reunion in New York about the trials, perseverance and inspiration that resulted… Continue reading Cast of ‘The Godfather’ Reunite 45 years later in an emotional reunion

Thirsty Gaza

In Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza, children and old women carrying plastic bottles gather near water taps to fill them with drinking water from a newly established artesian well set up by the municipality. Dalal Awwad, an elderly Palestinian woman, who lives alone in a nearby house, says she regularly uses the well to get… Continue reading Thirsty Gaza

U.S. Proposes U.N. Arms Embargo on South Sudan, Sanctions

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 – The United States circulated on Thursday to the 15-member United Nations Security Council a draft resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions amid warnings by a senior U.N. official of possible genocide. Political rivalry between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and… Continue reading U.S. Proposes U.N. Arms Embargo on South Sudan, Sanctions

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MENA Soft Power

Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if the day would ever come when they, too, can… Continue reading MENA Soft Power

This all-girl “boy band” is shaking up gender norms in China

Acrush is China’s first all-girl “boy band” which released its debut single last week, but already, the it has a huge fan-following. “Our fathers’ generation still holds the idea that girls should dress in a feminine manner, something I was never comfortable with,” band member Min Junqian told Reuters. “I just like to dress in a… Continue reading This all-girl “boy band” is shaking up gender norms in China

Egypt: Our Daily Bread

A particular brand of urban entrepreneurship is keeping food on the table for millions, as a hard currency crisis has crippled Egypt’s business activity in recent months. Unregulated, untaxed businesses are operating in the shadow of the state, making up a large portion of what is broadly referred to as Egypt’s informal sector. It’s an… Continue reading Egypt: Our Daily Bread

Pakistan PM’s Family Rejects Findings in Corruption Probe

ISLAMABAD, July 11 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and allies have rejected a damaging report by a judicial body investigating the Pakistani premier’s assets, dismissing as “trash” allegations that the Sharif family has accumulated wealth far above its earnings. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the Supreme Court to investigate corruption claims… Continue reading Pakistan PM’s Family Rejects Findings in Corruption Probe

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Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s Holy River Succumbs to Pollution

DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India, July 10 – India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees. Worshipped by a billion Hindus and a water source for 400 million,… Continue reading Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s Holy River Succumbs to Pollution

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The Libya Effect

Five years on from the start of the Arab Spring, North Africa seems to be experiencing its worst security breakdown since the end of colonialism in the 1950s and early 1960s. In Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the government is fighting a wide-ranging, counter-insurgency battle against Daesh and other like-minded militant groups who regularly exact heavy casualties… Continue reading The Libya Effect

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Between Bernie, the Vatican, and a Muslim American Liberation Theology

On April 15, the Bernie Sanders campaign will make a visit far from the presidential electoral map: The Vatican. Pope Francis invited the presidential hopeful to a conference addressing social and economic inequality, acknowledging Sanders’ relentless campaign against structural poverty and its attendant perils. While the presidential field is comprised of five self-identifying Christians, Sanders… Continue reading Between Bernie, the Vatican, and a Muslim American Liberation Theology

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From Reassurance to Shared Interests: Bridging the Gulf at the Riyadh Summit

President Barack Obama’s meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Saudi Arabia this week is a previously scheduled follow-up to last year’s Camp David meeting, which notably secured the Gulf states’ passive endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal. There is no comparable deliverable expected this week, and the case for low… Continue reading From Reassurance to Shared Interests: Bridging the Gulf at the Riyadh Summit

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Mosul: First Eid Without Daesh

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 the city. Some… Continue reading Mosul: First Eid Without Daesh

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A Hole in Time

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 everything we can to preserve the history of our world; a history… Continue reading A Hole in Time

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Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

One in three women worldwide has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. If nothing else, this shocking reality reveals how prevalent gender-based violence is in our lives. This human rights violation exists in every country, culture, context. In the Arab region, gender-based violence exists in many forms… Continue reading Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

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Lebanon: Bee Epidemic

Climate change has shifted the ecology of land and sea. It has affected both fauna and flora, and has harmed hundreds, if not thousands, of living species, including the main insect responsible for our planet’s food security: The bee. But is it really just climate change that is killing our planet and its delicate organisms?… Continue reading Lebanon: Bee Epidemic

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Egypt: A Faltering Revolution

I remember all too clearly the day I met Bassem Sabry. We’d been in touch over social media for quite a while; we had many friends in common, but our paths had never crossed in person. Social media in Egypt, in 2012, was already a window into another world—an exceptionally narrow universe—but one that allowed… Continue reading Egypt: A Faltering Revolution

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