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Readings of French Colonial Postcards in Morocco

Readings of French Colonial Postcards in Morocco

Colonialism was able to spread not only through military power but also the creation and dissemination of biased images of the colonized. French colonial photography in Morocco worked along with military power to subdue the nation and legitimize French power.
Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and How Did ISIS Come to Be

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and How Did ISIS Come to Be?

Washington’s recent announcement that ISIS was defeated in Syria and that it would immediately withdraw thousands of U.S. troops stunned the world and raised concerns about the resurgence of ISIS. To understand how the terrorist organization could be reborn in the future, it is necessary to understand its founder and how it was created.
Getting the Final Word Endangered Languages in the Arab World

Getting the Final Word: Endangered Languages in the Arab World

At the turn of the century, UNESCO designated February 21 as International Mother Language Day. In addition to celebrating the incredible linguistic diversity in communities around the world communities, this day also reminds us of the need to preserve indigenous languages.
Eight Years On: Does Gaddafi's Son’s Run for Election Mean the Libyan Revolution Failed?

Eight Years On: Does Gaddafi’s Son’s Run for Election Mean the Libyan Revolution Failed?

Seeking Russian support and vowing to “terminate turmoil and division in Libya,” Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, plans to run in the presidential elections expected to be held in 2019. What does this say about the Libyan Revolution eight years after it resulted in the ousting of the elder Gaddafi and the popular yearning for freedom from dictatorship?
Petra: The Hidden Treasure of Jordan

Petra: The Hidden Treasure of Jordan

For many centuries, the city of Petra prospered under the rule of Arab nomads, until it was conquered by the Roman empire in the fourth century. After the fall of the ancient city, it remained unknown to the West until a Swiss explorer discovered and shared it with the world once more in the 19th century.
Is Tunisia Serious About Transitioning to Renewable Energies?

Is Tunisia Serious About Transitioning to Renewable Energies?

Tunisia has consistently pushed to adopt progressive legal and institutional frameworks to expand renewable energy usage and energy efficiency programs. The North African nation must develop a clear plan to further reduce its dependence on oil and gas to stay on track to generate its targeted amount of renewable electricity.
Celebrating Christmas Throughout the Middle East

Celebrating Christmas Throughout the Middle East

Although Christianity is a complex religion divided into many different sects, the celebration of the birth of Jesus is a shared tradition among most, regardless of their differences. As a minority religion in the Middle East and North Africa, Christians not only celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday but also take it as an opportunity to open their doors to their Muslim and Jewish neighbors.

The Art of Language: Celebrating Arabic Through the Ages

With an estimated 422 million speakers globally, making it the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, and a designation as one of the six official languages of the United Nations, the Arabic language is celebrated today on Arabic Language Day for its richness and cultural diversity.

Even After Defeating ISIS, Iraq Struggles to Find Its Feet

One of the principal effects of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an exponentially compounded threat of terrorism in the country by extremist groups. 15 years after the invasion, and one year after defeating ISIS, the Middle Eastern country is still struggling to land on its feet.

Death of Two Saudi Sisters in New York Leave Unanswered Questions

The mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two young Saudi sisters in New York City have spurred a still-unresolved investigation and provoked speculations that Saudi Arabia’s repressive society is partly to blame.