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Why Jordan’s Banning Of Mashrou Leila is Problematic Or, How To Softly Kill A Progressive Movement

Within hours of reports that the Governor of Amman, Khaled Abu Zaid, had, at the behest of a member of parliament – cancelled the much-anticipated concert of the Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, due to the band’s work being “incompatible” with Jordanian customs and traditions – waves of dissent echoed through social media. “If this is […]

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Hussein Alazaat Puts Arabic Calligraphy In Your Wallet Pay Close Attention To That Dinar In Your Pocket.

To say Hussein Alazaat is passionate about Arabic calligraphy would be a terrible understatement. Scroll through his Twitter feed and you’ll find an eclectic mix of photos featuring vintage Arabic type from storefronts, children books, billboards and even sewer covers in Jordan, Kuwait and beyond. A senior designer at SYNTAX – a leading design and branding studio […]

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From Brussels With Love In The Aftermath Of The Paris Attacks, Europe Struggles To Understand What Comes Next.

Words By: Naseem Tarawnah Between the persistent rain and grey skies, Brussels is a gloomy place to be this week. Belgian military roams the streets in pairs, their camouflaged uniforms contrasting the tidy blue of the Capitals police. On Friday night, the streets are filled with fervent conversations. The smell of Belgian beer permeates through […]

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