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Mesaharati: An ancient career fights extinction in digital age

A mesaharati is a person who wakes others up before dawn in order to eat before their fast during Ramadan. The job has been around for generations, and despite the technological revolution, it is an honoured tradition that continues to...

In Jerusalem’s Old City, lantern maker lights up Ramadan

At his shop in Jerusalem’s Old City, Palestinian craftsman Issam Zughair makes traditional lanterns for Muslims marking the holy month of Ramadan, battling competition from cheap Chinese imports. Zughair’s shop is decked ou...

We need an urgent global response to the plague of plastic

Today, it has become clear that plastic is having a devastating effect not only on wildlife but on ourselves. It is now polluting every corner of our planet. I have seen first-hand, how it is choking our oceans and rivers. It entangles...

Washington’s dirty little secret: No one is running the show

One of the hardest lessons for young, idealistic and educated people to learn when they come to Washington -- and some never learn it -- is that nobody is running things. Sure, they know how to hold a press conference or write a law or...

Rejuvenating cultural heritage in the wake of catastrophe

When one of the oldest and most famous structures of religious significance in Europe went up in flames last month, the world was watching, and many wept. Social media platforms were also ablaze with pictures and comments, with people ...

US sanctions are strangling the effort to rebuild Old Aleppo

In the middle of Aleppo, at the top of a tall hill, the ancient Citadel looms over half-destroyed buildings along narrow cobblestone roads. People bustle around the castle’s majestic entrance and fill reopened cafes, but most of ...

Trump feels a chill wind from the East

Donald Trump is facing significant foreign policy challenges from Venezuela to Iran, but it is Asia-Pacific that may loom largest after setbacks in trade talks with China and the impasse in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea underscore...

Student of the Year 2: a fun film with a weak script

Student of the Year 2 is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language teen drama film written by Arshad Sayed and directed by Punit Malhotra. A sequel to the 2012 film Student of the Year, it stars Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday. The fil...

The Senate is as much of a problem as Trump

The Senate is a problem for Democrats. Well, it’s two problems. The first is short term. The odds that the Democratic Party will win a Senate majority in 2020 are slim. To get to 50 seats — which is enough only if they win ...

Photographers in Iraq’s Mosul snap dark days, bright futures

Ashraf Al-Atraqji carefully stepped around tufts of weeds sprouting in a mountain of rubble in Iraq’s Mosul, found a seat on a sun-soaked rock, and struck a pose for the photographer. Behind him stretched the ruins of the Prophet...

Red Sea security dialogue takes shape in Washington

An important conference on Red Sea security was convened in Washington last month. Over two days (April 15 and 16), scores of participants from some 20 countries and organizations discussed the security threats facing the two shores of...

Palestinians can use Trump’s peace plan as a launchpad

Sometime after Ramadan, US President Donald Trump will unveil his “deal of the century” plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. It is clear from the rhetoric from Trump’s advisers that the plan will pander to Israel&rsquo...

Syria’s fuel crisis is hurting civilians, not the regime

The extent of Syria’s crippling fuel crisis can be seen now on a daily basis, in the seemingly endless queues of cars snarled in traffic as far as the eye can see, inching slowly forwards into petrol stations. This is the latest ...

Sudanese protesters must present a united front

The grief on Umm Babikir’s face is raw, angry, and deep. In her elegant and spacious home in Khartoum, she gestures at a large photograph of her son, Dr Babikir Abdul Hameed. “Look at that beautiful smile on his face, he wa...