Articles tagged middle east

You Must Do What You Love to Survive: ‘Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East’

Rock in a Hard Place is a sober chronicling of music in some of the most conservative countries on the planet.

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Pieces of Human Stories Create the Total Mosaic That Is ‘Fractured Lands’

Scott Anderson's Fractured Lands is not only one of the most accessible and synthetic account of events in the Middle East, it's also among the most powerful.

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‘The Naked Blogger of Cairo’ Combines Erudition With Style and Wit

Dwelling on the role of social media in political upheaval risks ignoring the human body, which lies at the root of creative insurgency.

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‘Guapa’ Is Much More Than Simply a ‘Gay’ Novel

Haddad makes a single day swell to encompass the powerful struggle to define one's own self and to come to terms with the consequences of autonomy.

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Various Artists: Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran

The mejwiz double-reed flute bucks like a python cut in half, the drum boom-booms, the singers do everything at a shout-volume.

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Various Artists: Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon

An eclectic and oddly put-together mixtape from an eclectic region, Golden Beirut is a very good cross-section of certain musical trends that are occurring in contemporary Lebanon.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bellydance

The whole body of instruments whipping in unison around a hairpin curve and hovering, the grace of a ballerina backed with the heft of a whale.

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Erosion Nearly Complete, Music Industry Begins Reconstruction at SXSW 2010

SXSW conference attendees took a workmanlike “how-to” approach to discussing new revenue streams, replacing the “what do we do now?” tone of recent years.

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A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman by Wadad Makdisi Cortas

Wadad Makdisi Cortas understated but deeply nostalgic memoir of her childhood in Lebanon gives a revealing, appealing, and necessary glimpse into the Arab world of the past.

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7 May 2009 // 8:00 AM

“Free press” and “the Arab world” are two phrases in direct opposition. Across most of the region, journalists go to jail if they criticize or

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Balkan Beat Box: Nu Made (Remixes)

While not a great album in its own right, it's a nice addition to the Box's small canon.

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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Whitewashed: America’s Invisible Middle Eastern Identity

As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.

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WASHINGTON - Before George Mitchell departed last week for the Middle East on his inaugural mission, America’s newest special envoy received a present via

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25 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Dozan: Introducing Dozan

The neatness of the arrangements, and the way the voices come together, suggest madrigals.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Arabic Café

Listening to the Rough Guide to Arabic Café, I realised that this is not the same as the music you would expect to hear if you were sitting in a Western coffee shop.

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11 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Great Arab Conquests by Hugh Kennedy

Pair of books offer historical truths about Jewish, Arab territory.

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By Liz Sly
Chicago Tribune (MCT)

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Hollywood goes to war: Mainstream movies focus on Iraq, terrorism

Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan makes a living pounding out movie scripts, where flights of fantasy and retreats from reality are the daily stock in trade.

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30 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Wael Abbas CAIRO—When Egyptian officials denied reports of a disturbance in downtown Cairo last year, Wael Abbas showed the truth: A political protest had

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