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VIDEO: This Iraqi Girl Forced Everyone in Egypt’s World Youth Forum to Shed Tears

VIDEO: This Iraqi Girl Forced Everyone in Egypt’s World Youth Forum to Shed Tears

  Lamya Bashar, a Yazidi girl from Iraq, took to the stage at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, and everyone literally teared up after she told her heart-wrenching story — even Egyptian President Abdelfattah El-Sisi. Bashar, who is currently a renowned human rights activist, revealed the unimaginable horrors about being a slave for Daesh. […]

VIDEO: Chilling Footage of Saudi Prince Boarding the Helicopter Before It Crashes

VIDEO: Chilling Footage of Saudi Prince Boarding the Helicopter Before It Crashes

  A day after Saudi Arabia launched a palace purge by arresting several of their fellow royals and officials, a high-ranking prince has died in a helicopter crash.   According to state media, Prince Mansour bin Muqrin — the deputy governor of Asir province –was traveling with several officials when the helicopter crashed. Saudi Arabia, […]

The Problematic Resignation Of The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

The Problematic Resignation Of The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

By Reem Tolba

  On Saturday, Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon, resigned from his post. Hariri had served as prime minister since December 2016, he previously  also served as Lebanon’s PM from November 2009 till early 2011, when the Hezbollah cabinet members resigned. His resignation tipped over his alliance with his Iranian Lebanese ally, Hezbollah and induced […]

British Tourist to Face a Death Penalty in Egypt and Here’s Why

British Tourist to Face a Death Penalty in Egypt and Here’s Why

By Mohamed El Fishawy

Turns out that a foreign passport doesn’t always warrant a get out of jail card in Egypt and sometimes the law must take its course, regardless of who it’s against. Especially when we are talking about illegal drugs and painkillers. Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, has been arrested after being detained for carrying 29 strips of […]

Billionaire Saudi Prince Among Other Officials Arrested In An Anti-Corruption Probe

Billionaire Saudi Prince Among Other Officials Arrested In An Anti-Corruption Probe

By Reem Tolba

  On Saturday, two weeks after Saudi Arabia hosted a major investment conference, 11 princes, 4 current ministers and tens of former ministers have been arrested and are being detained in the Ritz Carlton, a five star hotel in Riyadh. However, it is not clear what they are being investigated for. One of the arrests, as […]

This Maid in Saudi Arabia Just Became a Millionaire

This Maid in Saudi Arabia Just Became a Millionaire

K.G. Kusumawathi, now 44, had come to Saudi Arabia in the year 2000 when she was 27 with her two toddlers; daughter Hansika Sewwandi, and son Thushitha Madusha. She then started working as a maid, to which her sponsor paid her a monthly salary of SR400 for the first eight years.     Kusumawathi received one of […]

These Family-Only Cafes in Libya Are Empowering Women

These Family-Only Cafes in Libya Are Empowering Women

by Reem Tolba

  Recently, there has been a rise in new cafes opening in Tripoli, Libya. However, they are not your regular cafes as they do not allow single men inside — which is why they are called family-only cafes. The purpose of these cafes is to allow women and families to de-stress from their troubles without […]

Egyptian Lawyer Says It’s a ‘National Duty’ for Men to Rape Girls Who Wear Ripped Jeans

Egyptian Lawyer Says It’s a ‘National Duty’ for Men to Rape Girls Who Wear Ripped Jeans

  Nabih Al-Wahsh, an Egyptian lawyer, has prompted outrage for saying harassing and raping girls who wear revealing clothing such as ripped jeans is a “national duty”.   “Will you feel happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?” he said on Al-Assema earlier this month. “I say that […]

Donald Trump’s Son-In-Law Made a Secret Visit to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump’s Son-In-Law Made a Secret Visit to Saudi Arabia

by Reem Tolba

  Last Sunday, a White House official stated to CNN that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, along with Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt arrived to Saudi Arabia last week to further discuss peace talks concerning the Middle East.   They supposedly flew on […]

FYI, 95,000 Cameras Are Tracking You 24/7 in This Emirate

FYI, 95,000 Cameras Are Tracking You 24/7 in This Emirate

  If being paranoid is your thing, then the UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah is definitely not your city.   It has been reported that the emirate has 95,000 surveillance cameras all over its streets and squares. The cameras also operate on every corner day and night. “The installed cameras are very useful in busting criminals, […]