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After the region’s euphoric independence referendum, dark days lie ahead.

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The world’s second-largest date festival shifts into high gear.

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The customer was never right at Abu Adel’s legendary south Lebanon restaurant.

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In Lebanon, farmers are struggling to turn weed into wine.

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A photo editor goes to Mosul to understand how photographers influence the way we see a war.

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What it’s like to work in country awash in violence.

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The hot pools of Hammam Al-Alil in northern Iraq are a steamy, sulfurous world away from the war on their doorstep, and bathers like it that way.

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An Iranian journalist reflects on this year’s presidential election.

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The rituals of the spring equinox offer hope for new beginnings in troubled times.

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The West Bank’s de facto capital has boomed in recent years, but still fails to inspire.

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What it’s like to be a fixer

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A Filipino food scene flourishes in Israel.

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Iraq’s mythical marshes survived Saddam Hussein, but can they survive climate change?

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Separate celebrations for women and men mean opportunities for female photographers in Iran.

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By staging the stories of child refugees, a photographer gives a new perspective to an old issue.

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Years of violence and neglect have taken a toll on Baghdad Central Station, but one train conductor hopes for better days.

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A conversation with Naomi Duguid on her travels through Iran, gastro-nationalism, and the right way to eat a pomegranate.

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Tourism is booming, and millions of Iranians are re-discovering the seductions of their northern Caspian Sea coast.

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In Kabul, a dispute over the future of a grand but bullet-ridden palace reflects Afghanistan's divisions over whether to bury or memorialize its turbulent history.

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Will outlaw motorcycle gangs threaten Lebanon’s booming biker scene?

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For those who can't afford the Hajj, there's always the Umrah pilgrimage

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From Lebanon to Palestine, a small but vibrant craft beer movement is emerging—and disrupting the culture

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The High Holy Days, apocalyptic portents, and civil unrest: just another trip to the Holy Land.

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Afghans risk lashes and jail time to continue a tradition that offers a welcome escape from harsh realities.

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Treating the emotional aftermath of three decades of bloodshed in Afghanistan

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In a war-torn country, men risk their lives in pursuit of a delicacy.

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A group of photographers from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and elsewhere provides an unusual example of cooperation across the Green Line

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As battles rage on, a photographer returns to a country in ruins, where—somehow—hope remains

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The Red Sea port city of Jeddah is a cacophonously cosmopolitan mix of cultures.

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An excerpt from Rod Nordland’s “The Lovers,” a true story of forbidden romance in Afghanistan.

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Hospitality near the front lines in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Two Beirut brothers, one recipe, and a bitter split.

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In a network of rooms underneath Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, a variety of martial arts classes thrive. Advertisements adorn the walls for everything from…

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A veteran deals with the consequences of war with a powerful and personal photo book.

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The Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar has been recaptured from ISIS, but it’s a long way from back to normal.

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The Syrian cartoonists who live and die by their pens.

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Over the past year, photographers from the agency Metrography have been working on a collaborative project that documents the crisis of displacement inside Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Photographing Afghanistan's new middle class and the impossible reconstruction of a city.

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The struggling Syriac community is hoping that renewed interest in Aramaic could help their flagging culture endure.

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Will dams in Southeastern Turkey be used as weapons of war?

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Decoding Tunisia's ancient capital, where pedestrians do not have the right of way but you can smother your food with harissa and party with Italian nuns.

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The city of Bethlehem wants the world to know it's more than a Biblical theme park.

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A flood of immigrants over the last three decades has resulted in a thriving, mouth watering Ethiopian culinary scene in Israel’s holiest city

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A photographer’s odyssey to cover an escalating conflict.

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Dizi, a beloved lamb and bean stew, has gone mainstream and upscale in Tehran. But it will always be the meal of the common people.

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Young foodies and immigrants are defying Israel’s deepest culinary taboo.

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In Lebanon, Not Even Construction Projects Are Immune To Sectarian Disputes

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The Wakhan is as close to a tourist destination as you’re likely to find in Afghanistan, and an entirely worthy one at that.

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Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.

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The country’s plan to build a shiny new capital in the desert is one of a string of dubious megacity projects.

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Displaced by Iraq's new crises and the advance of ISIS, a Sunni and a Christian family have found peace living in the same house in Kirkuk.

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Dubai’s Comic Con draws 50,000 fans and cult figures like William Shatner and Gillian Anderson. But the real attraction is the futuristic city’s homegrown talent.

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The chaotic subway system is a lifeline for the city’s marginalized poor—and increasingly caught up in politics

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To curtail a growing pigeon problem, Dubai is turning to an ancient bird of prey.

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Ever since Kurdish fighters pushed back against ISIS last summer, the media has struggled to pinpoint exactly who the peshmerga are. Over the course of six months, Jacob…

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A year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.

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The French photographer documents Iran's vibrant art world and the creativity triggered by restriction.

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In Egypt’s frontier, a centuries-old code of tribal law is losing its sway

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Around 100,000 Sahrawis live as refugees in the Algerian desert, dreaming of the day Western Sahara will be theirs again.

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Awsard, a small village in Western Sahara, is located 170 miles from the nearest food market. A five minute walk, however, will take you to a massive Moroccan…

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Burying the bodies of Kurdish fighters fallen in neighboring Syria reopens old wounds in the heartland of Turkish Kurdistan.

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After suffering two decades of sporadic violence, Egypt’s Bedouins are trying to build an ecotourism industry and break down stigmas about their homeland.

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A photographer takes family portraits in the surreal environment that is the aftermath of war.

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Pop singer Helly Luv cavorts with lions, throws molotov cocktails and dances with AK47-waving peshmerga – and doesn’t wear an awful lot doing it.

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The Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, have been persecuted for centuries. Will the fallout from the war in Syria only make things worse?

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Syria is in the fourth year of war, but its Kurdish population has refused to side with anyone but themselves. Does their democratic “third revolution” stand a chance?

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Since 2007, Hawre Khalid has been photographing his hometown of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, a multicultural place where Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Christians and foreign workers live together.

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In Istanbul, a once-mighty newspaper that serves the country’s dwindling Greek community is in danger of collapse

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A homegrown Iraqi photo agency is telling stories no one else can

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Nablus remains a forbidden zone to most Israelis. But its tahini and other foods remain a highly sought-after commodity.

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In advance of this year’s hajj, a look back to 1952 and the unusual airlift that brought pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in U.S. military transport planes.

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An unlikely project has turned the ancient village of Erriadh on Tunisia’s Djerba island into a sprawling open-air graffiti exhibition.

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Morocco’s Gnawa Music Festival is a melee of dreadlocks and drumbeats. Lots of hash and condoms, too.

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Cengiz Yar photographs the refugee children that have taken shelter in Syria's bordering countries.

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As a five-year-old boy, Sam Dreiman saw first hand the two sides of the melancholic funnyman during a chance encounter at a hotel in Morocco.

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As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal.

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Last year, two young Jewish Americans began leading educational tours of the troubled Palestinian territory. But their ambitions are bigger than a bus trip.

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Levinsky Park is a two-minute walk from the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. If you arrive…

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At a dance, fear the man in patent leather shoes. Everyone else may be dancing to have a good time or maybe to…

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A photographer documents the rapidly-changing region to pull it away from its status as a victim of Saddam and into today's reality.

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After decades of bloodshed, Kurdish villagers in oil-rich northern Iraq are waging a new battle against Exxon Mobil.

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A road trip to southern Egypt with the exhausted optimists who are powering Hamdeen Sabahi's presidential campaign.

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An Iranian photographer revisits her country's tragic past with a series of dramatic photographs that recreate moments that changed Iran’s history.

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Ten years ago, Saddam Hussein went on trial for crimes against humanity. Meet the Kurd who outfitted him.

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Rachel Williamson on the efforts of a group of artists and activists trying to restore an apartment from the golden age of Egyptian cinema.

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What better way to celebrate Turkey's farcical crackdown on Twitter than by conducting an interview solely through Twitter DM?

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How a small eatery just across the Turkish border has become an unexpected oasis for Syria’s refugees.

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For fifty years, the horse-riding salesmen of Egypt’s capital have gathered for heated street races. Max Siegelbaum takes in the spectacle.

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From a dusty port in Oman to the teeming stalls of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, a look at how black market cigarettes have become a major part of Iranian…

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How one family lost 4 sons to the fight for the terrorist group.

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Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Random House Company, from Diaries of…

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Death, defiance, tribunals, coverups, outrage and intrigue: in today's Egypt, soccer is so much more than just a sport.

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When the police and protesters clashed around Istanbul's Gezi park, an unlikely alliance of football rivals banded together. But will politics continue in the new league season?

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In the early 1970s, Algeria's dictatorial president offered a home to revolutionaries from all over the world. Perhaps the most famous recipient of his generosity was the Black…

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Migrants keep dying in Italy’s waters, but for true immigration dystopia, look no further than Spain’s barricaded enclave of Melilla.

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A photographer shoots the pigeon subculture of Cairo to show a different side to today's Egypt

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A handful of young photographers offer a rare glimpse at the inside spaces of life in Iran.

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Ghazala Irshad reports on the kiosks of Cairo

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Abu Hassan serves legendary hummus in a country that worships the dish.

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Turkish soap operas go global: Turkey’s homemade melodramas are popular across the Muslim world.

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The unique selling point of Eromega in Istanbul: women do not get sexually harassed when they shop there.

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Photographer John Wreford, forced out of his home in Damascus, returns to Syria to visit the sprawling refugee camp in Atmeh

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In defense of spending one's days chewing the mildly narcotic khat leaf

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When Yemen's Jews came to Israel in the massive airlift of '49-'50, they brought something vital with them: z'hug chili sauce

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Time Magazine's Pelin Turgut was there when the tear gas spread last night. Her report on the heartbreak and hope of the Gezi Park movement

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The (brief) standoff between a street-meat vendor and protestors in Taksim, Istanbul

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The meaty, brothy Yemeni stew is comfort food in times of peace and war

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In the brutalized city of Aleppo, magical realism is far preferable to actual reality of war

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Can Social Media save Bassem Youssef? Some thoughts from SxSW.

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John Wreford goes shopping for bread and cheese in the encroaching war zone that is Damascus, Syria

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A conversation with Xenia Nikolskaya on her portraits of Egypt's decaying palaces

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Acclaimed photographer Newsha Tavakolian talks to Roads & Kingdoms about her new exhibition in Tehran

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Forget "Twitter war": on the ground, the only technology that really matters is the kind that kills

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24 reporters in 22 countries file live reports about the world's reaction to the 2012 US Elections

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