It is 2011: the Tunisians have successfully ousted Ben Ali, and the revolutionary fervor has just reached Egypt. This is where The Square (al-Midan) begins, in what would later be named Tahrir Square, talking to wide-eyed, excited activists who have pitched tents and are beginning their own calls of freedom: “The people demand the downfall of the regime.” The film is criticized for its biases, but also lauded for its intimate portrayal of this momentous event.Read More
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The path to gender equality in Saudi Arabia is fraught with obstacles, but things are changing in the ultra-conservative Kingdom in recent years as new forms of activism are arising on the international and domestic level.Read More
Saudi Arabia is often criticized for its restrictions on women's rights, including a de facto ban on women from driving within the country. On October 26, 2013, in protest of this policy, many Saudi women are staging a day of action to change this red light to green. (Photo: Oct26driving.com)Read More
Although many Americans associate Middle Eastern regimes with government censorship and repression, the contemporary art world in MENA has actually flourished, and is as vibrant as ever in the wake of the Arab Spring. These nine contemporary artists each convey a unique and insightful perspective on their lives and connections with their respective countries in the Middle East.Read More
Have you read about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pippa Middleton’s date at Wimbledon? What about how Morrissey mistakenly performed at a pro-Morsi rally? Or that the luxurious Emirates airline now boasts a shisha lounge aboard their A380 fleet? You probably haven’t. But that’s about to change.