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Amazigh women are forced to navigate multiple norms and identities as they ply their wares.

Amazigh women take center stage at Boston film festival

  Boston’s Amazigh community came together at Lesley University on Saturday for the eighth annual Amazigh Film Festival, a celebration of Amazigh culture through film. The Amazigh are the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa (they are also colloquially called “Berbers,” though that term is considered pejorative by some). Today, Amazigh...

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Syria: Why the shooting never stops

Embed from Getty Images  Eighteen aid trucks were destroyed last week near Aleppo [Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images]   In Syria, a ceasefire negotiated by Russia and the United States quickly broke down last week. Although unstable from the outset, the truce crumbled after the US bombed a Syrian army position,...

Hanan Al Hroub

‘Enrichment, not learning’: World Teacher of the Year

Wars may be started by adults, but the effects of war do not discriminate by age. The lives, and futures, of children are just as vulnerable to the physical and mental traumas of modern warfare. Today, Aleppo is one of the most violent battlefields of the war in Syria, and an estimated 75,000...

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Tunisia, Five Years Later: What’s Changed?

Five years ago, Tunisians – after weeks of anti-government protests following the self-immolation of fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi – succeeded in ousting dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. In the months that followed, similar unrest would spread across much of the Arab world, in what came to be known as the...

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Cyberspace: ‘Everyone can attack everyone else’

Eviatar Matania, the head of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau, spoke at Harvard’s Belfer Center on the unique properties of the cyber domain, and how governments can bolster their defenses in cyberspace. Cyberattacks are nothing new. But they are becoming more sophisticated, and more frequent. This year alone, hundreds of thousands...

Houthis rendered disabled as the result of the Saudi campaign in Yemen pose for a picture; January 2016. Image taken from WikiCommons.

Middle East Weekly Roundup: August 29th, 2016

The Levant and Turkey Israel Earlier this week the Israeli military closed its investigation into the airstrike that hit near a school in the 2014 Gaza War. There are a total of seven investigations that have been opened regarding military misconduct during the war between militants in Gaza and Israel....