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Afrikayna Brings Morocco Home to its Roots

Afrikayna Brings Morocco Home to its Roots

Using music and art, one association in Casablanca is trying to bridge the divide between Morocco and its African neighbors.
Divorce in the Arab Gulf: A Sign of the Changing Times

Divorce in the Arab Gulf: A Sign of the Changing Times

Although Islam permits divorce, it is strongly discouraged and deemed the “most despised of permissible acts by God.” Yet, in the Arab Gulf, divorce is on the rise. Both men and women are increasingly choosing divorce over staying in an unhappy marriage, regardless of the stigma.
Every Bit Counts Building a Better Future for Women in the Scientific Field

Every Bit Counts: Building a Better Future for Women in the Scientific Field

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an annual celebration of female achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Moroccan Sufi Music Premieres on World Music Label

In a first for what some call “world music,” a new album featuring Moroccan Sufi music, reflecting a spiritual dimension of Islam, is being released this month.

Imed Alibi Charts New Path with Frigya

With a new musical experiment he calls Frigya, percussionist Imed Alibi explores his world from a fresh perspective.
Habka Libya's First Manga Initiative Seeks to Promote Creativity

Habka: Libya’s First “Manga Magazine” Overcomes Challenges to Promote Unity Through Creativity...

Despite difficulties, a pioneering magazine based in Benghazi is using Japanese art as a medium to share a creative message of hope and empowerment with communities throughout Libya.

Young Libyan Activist Fights for Positive Change in his Country

Despite the challenges that young human rights activist Mahmoud Abugrin faces in achieving his dreams in Libya, he refuses to give up. He will never forsake the hopes of other young people in Libya — and beyond -- to live in a better world.
Illustrator Zainab Fasiki Takes on Taboos and Patriarchy with Art

Illustrator Zainab Fasiki Takes on Taboos and Patriarchy with Art

Young Moroccan artist Zainab Fasiki advocates for gender equality by illustrating women’s lives and bodies, uncensored and unashamed. Her critics are harsh, but her work has found support in a country slowly recognizing women’s rights.

Prominent Activist and Scholar Samir Amin Leaves Rich Legacy of Intellectual Discourse

Amin was considered to be one of the twentieth century’s most influential neo-Marxist development theorists, who wrote extensively about the relationship between imperialism, capitalism, and globalization.