Middle East

Stuck between two evils: rethinking the Syria conflict
Culture

Stuck between two evils: rethinking the Syria conflict

Tough questions, no easy answers — With ISIS on one side, the Assad dictatorship on the other, and the proxies of Western and Middle Eastern countries filling in the gaps, what hope is there for ordinary Syrians to live in peace?

Written by: Fiorella Lecoutteux

Shumon Basar had to lose his bearings before he found his way
Culture

Shumon Basar had to lose his bearings before he found his way

Things I Learned Along the Way — Writer and curator Shumon Basar had to leave home to find his own perspective. Along the way he made friends with Generation X author Douglas Coupland and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Together, they've created The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present — a provocative survey of our fast evolving digital era.

Written by: Shumon Basar

Using Instagram to convey a more authentic picture of the Middle East
Top Picks

Using Instagram to convey a more authentic picture of the Middle East

Collective Vision — Photographer Lindsay Mackenzie explains how to use Instagram to challenge the mainstream media’s sensationalised portrayal of the Middle East.

Written by: Alex King

Defusing the threat from returning jihadist fighters
Reportage

Defusing the threat from returning jihadist fighters

Fighting radicalisation on the streets of London — Hanif Qadir joined Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan 13 years ago, now he’s helping prevent young Londoners from repeating his mistake.

Written by: Alex King

How did a shy 26-year-old from Baltimore end up fighting in the Libyan revolution?
Film

How did a shy 26-year-old from Baltimore end up fighting in the Libyan revolution?

A crash course in manhood — Documentary Point and Shoot reveals Matt VanDyke’s incredible 35,000 mile motorbike journey through the Middle East.

Written by: Alex King

A quieter picture of Middle Eastern life is taking shape on Instagram
Photography

A quieter picture of Middle Eastern life is taking shape on Instagram

Everyday Middle East — As the media sets its sights on Tunisia once again for the country’s first democratic presidential election, Lindsay’s Mackenzie’s Instagram project reveals snapshots of the everyday lives sidelined by the explosive coverage of the region.

Written by: Lindsay Mackenzie

God Went Surfing
Film

God Went Surfing

With The Devil — A new documentary film looks beyond the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to capture a story of life and surfing in the Middle East.

Written by: Andrea Kurland

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