8 Arabic Proverbs You Thought Were Egyptian But Aren’t!

8 Arabic Proverbs You Thought Were Egyptian But Aren’t!

Recently, I picked up an interest in popular sayings and proverbs in Egypt, aka Amthal Sha3beya. They’re witty, short and apply to pretty much anything you go through in your daily life. I started Googling famous proverbs to understand the stories behind them and their origins, and to my surprise, a lot of the sayings […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Arabic Hand Gestures

A Beginner’s Guide to Arabic Hand Gestures

You don’t speak  Arabic until you speak it with your hands. In fact, you can figure out an entire conversation between two people via their hand gestures, without even hearing them. So if you’re new to Arabic and you think you can get away without learning a few native hand gestures, you are sorely mistaken! Besides […]

4 Arab Celebrities Who Have Been Arrested

4 Arab Celebrities Who Have Been Arrested

A few days ago, James Kottak, drummer for the Scorprions, was arrested for slandering Islam and apparently mooning a group of people in Dubai’s airport in a drunken tantrum. Kottak pleaded guilty to drinking alcohol without a license but denied the other two charges and stated that they did not, at all, happen. This made […]

Discovering MENA: A New Arab Peace Initiative?

Months ago, an article in L’Orient-Le Jour renewed my hopes of a League of Arab States’ (aka LAS) favorable evolution. Last January, LAS SG Nabil Al-Arabi, after talks in Cairo with President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, pleaded for a “new approach” to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the current 2002 API has […]

Maria’s note: Arab Cartoonists Approached

“Cartoonist Capture the Arab Revolutions” is a beautifully done series on Arab cartoonists. Produced by Samar Media, these five personal interviews of around seven minutes each, present the most personal side of the cartoonists. Arab cartoonists have strongly contributed to spread the spark of the revolution since the very beginning of the uprisings. Moreover, they […]

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