Shahin Zartosht: The Iranian Model You Seriously Need to Know About

Shahin Zartosht: The Iranian Model You Seriously Need to Know About

by Nadine Arab

International Iranian model and fashion designer, Shahin Zartosht, got banned from appearing on his homeland’s public TV. After receiving an invitation to appear on a popular TV show in Iran, Zartosht was informed that an order came from the Iranian TV Security department to ban the appearance of the public figure. The shocking news sounded […]

Egyptian Tourism Police Bans Drinking Alcohol on Sahel Beaches

Egyptian Tourism Police Bans Drinking Alcohol on Sahel Beaches

  Egypt’s top summer vacation spot, North Coast, has been under fire this week after photos circulated on social media of a live performance in a club. The go-go dancers were provocatively dressed, Egyptians had a lot to say and the whole fiasco ended up with shutting down one of Sahel’s biggest night clubs.   […]

Is ‘Wonder Woman’ Getting Banned in Lebanon?

Is ‘Wonder Woman’ Getting Banned in Lebanon?

  Geeks everywhere are fangirling because the highly anticipated DC film, Wonder Woman, is set to open in theaters across the Middle East. But of course, not everyone is happy to see Israeli actress Gal Gadot do her thing on the big screen.   The group Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon is protesting the […]

Censored: Banned Books in the Middle East

Censored: Banned Books in the Middle East

After hearing that Haifa Wahbe‘s songs have been banned from Egyptian state radio, we got to thinking about what else has had the honour of being categorized as banned in the Middle East. The power of the written word has always had authorities on their toes and battles with authors and publishers continues in the […]

Names We Would Like To See Banned in Egypt

Names We Would Like To See Banned in Egypt

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 names they argue contradict the culture or religion of the Kingdom, according to reports by local media. Parents in the KSA will reportedly no longer be able to call their children by monickers such as Linda, Alice, Elaine or Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin) after the Civil Affairs department […]

Viral Visual: Watch ‘The Square’ Online

Viral Visual: Watch ‘The Square’ Online

The people behind director Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated and banned-in-Egypt post-revolutionary documentary, The Square, have released the film to the public, uploading it to YouTube following an unfruitful battle with the government censorship office. Watch it below:   WE SAID THIS: Don’t miss our Q&A with Director Amr Salama about his years-long battle with the censorship […]

Watch ‘The Square’ This Friday in Cairo

Watch ‘The Square’ This Friday in Cairo

If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch The Square at any of the various guerrilla screenings held in Cairo in recent weeks or when it briefly graced YouTube before being removed, don’t miss it this Friday in Ard El Lewa. Directed by Jehane Noujaim, The Square depicts the grit and grind, emotion and expectation of […]