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Middle East

Beijing celebrates Egypt revolution two years later: The SinoFile

Some keywords remain blocked, but Chinese authorities seem to see the Egyptian Revolution as a cautionary tale against itself.

The Egyptian revolution: Hisham El-Gamal on the challenges of maintaining hope

As we near the revolution’s second anniversary this Friday, El-Gamal says there is a “sense of gloom [in Cairo]."

The Egyptian revolution: activist Nadeem Abdel-Gawad reflects on Egypt today

Last year, Nadeem Abdel-Gawad was preparing to graduate from the American University in Cairo. He was also about to return to Tahrir Square for the first anniversary of Egypt’s revolution. “Either we...

Sheikhs of chic: Dubai dudes do fashion

Pakistani author Bina Shah writes to VO of her travels to the UAE and her experience with Gulfi men's fashion.

Iran’s tech ecosystem struggles to catch up to Persian diaspora startups

A casualty of emigration out of Iran, or brain drain?

Of mosques and men

Spring or winter? Two turns of phrase that reveal the Western punditry's misreading of Arab social movements', past and present.

Syrian daily roundup Oct 1: Assad sends thousands of troops to end clashes in Aleppo

Assad sent thousands of troops to Latakia in order bring stability back and end clashes in his home city of Aleppo as scores of Alawite militiamen were killed and many more were injured as heavy...

Syrian daily roundup Sep 30: Founder of Shabiha militia dies

The founder of Shabiha militia dies as anti-Assad protests break out in his home town.

Syrian daily roundup Sep 29: Hundreds of shops ablaze in Aleppo’s ancient souks

Activists said that a blaze swept through the souk of al-Madina in the city of Aleppo, destroying hundreds of shops in one of the most ancient souks in Syria.

Syrian daily roundup Sep 28: Mass protests demand unity of rebel groups

Mass demonstrations broke out in more than 370 different locations across the country demanding the overthrow of the Assad regime.