Your Gruesome Guide to Walking Like an Egyptian Woman

Your Gruesome Guide to Walking Like an Egyptian Woman

I was enjoying an evening with my friends, when the topic of exploring or going to Khan El Khalili was casually brought up by one of my girlfriends. The discussion progressed on and on about all the silver accessories we wanted to buy, and how gorgeous the place would be if we were to go […]

Muslim Preacher Encourages Parents to Lock Their Daughter for Taking off the Veil

Muslim Preacher Encourages Parents to Lock Their Daughter for Taking off the Veil

  Islamic preacher, Souad Saleh, received a phone call on her show from a crying Egyptian mother who was seeking advice about her daughter who recently took off the veil.   According to the mother, the 18-year-old daughter has been locked inside the house ever since she took off her veil. The daughter even missed out on […]

Mezze: The Syrian Restaurant in Portugal That’s Helping Refugees in Very a Big Way

Mezze: The Syrian Restaurant in Portugal That’s Helping Refugees in Very a Big Way

The civil war in Syria has left more than just a death toll and destroyed cities. It has also left in its wake a refugee crisis that is considered to be the biggest since World War II.   This crisis of diaspora and dispossession was worsened by the wave of conservative nationalism sweeping the most […]

#SaveDinaAli: Why We Need to Talk About Honor Killings

#SaveDinaAli: Why We Need to Talk About Honor Killings

  On Monday, April 10th, Dina Ali — a 24-year-old Saudi woman— was off-loaded from her flight, detained for 13 hours without being officially charged with any crime, at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Dina was traveling from Saudi Arabia to Australia via the Philippines hoping to seek asylum from her abusive family.   The Filipino […]

When Will the Mistreatment of Domestic Workers Stop in the Middle East?

by Rana El Hawary

  Last weekend, a video began to circulate on social media platforms, containing footage of an Ethiopian domestic worker in a Kuwaiti household hanging onto a window sill (from the seventh floor). The Ethiopian woman asked for help from her female employer, to no avail.   Aside from calling the worker “majnoona” (crazy) in the […]

Spectra Project Helps LGBTQ Refugees Have a Safe Space and Education

Spectra Project Helps LGBTQ Refugees Have a Safe Space and Education

    Being gay in the Middle East – or being anything that isn’t completely straight – is tough. Even if the government isn’t out to get you, society isn’t any more accepting, and the fight for LGBTQ rights is rough in the Middle East.   Spectra, founded this year, is a US-based organization with […]

Israel Is Making Ramadan a Living Hell for Palestinians and Here’s Why

Israel Is Making Ramadan a Living Hell for Palestinians and Here’s Why

  Ramadan is a tough time for many this summer, with long fasting hours, extreme heat, and spiritual reflection, but in Palestine, surviving is a struggle. In traditional in-humane Israeli fashion, the clean water supply to a large part of the West Bank has been cut off because it wouldn’t be Ramadan in Palestine without Israel […]

Why Are Israeli Prisons Filled with over 400 Palestinian Children?

Why Are Israeli Prisons Filled with over 400 Palestinian Children?

  At the age of 16, our problems are a combination of fluctuating hormones, learning to drive, and high school drama. For 16-year-olds in Palestine, the problems run much deeper, as they face time behind Israeli bars for no apparent reason. The Middle East Monitor released an alarming infographic capturing the startling percent of human rights […]

9 Memes that Describe Human Rights in Mortada Mansour Fashion

9 Memes that Describe Human Rights in Mortada Mansour Fashion

When we heard Mortada Mansour was elected chairman of the human rights committee in the Parliament, we knew greatness was on the verge of happening. The notorious knows-no-filter lawyer is about to change human rights as we once knew it. The next memes are just a few quotes we expect to make headlines in 2016.       […]

Sponsors of Qatar 2022 World Cup Confronted with Anti-Logos Against Modern Slavery

Sponsors of Qatar 2022 World Cup Confronted with Anti-Logos Against Modern Slavery

Qatar has been no stranger to criticism and social media attacks following FIFA’s controversial decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in their country. Allegations have been piling up around the death of 900 workers during construction for the football tournament, with an estimated death toll reaching 4,000 by the time they finish. People have […]