In Iraq, Where Beauty Was Long Suppressed, Art Flowers Amid Protests
BAGHDAD — Hollow-cheeked and shivering slightly in jeans he had outgrown, Abdullah stood in an unfinished parking garage, transfixed in front of a mural whose meaning he was eager to decode for a visitor. “See, the man in the middle, he is asking the security forces, ‘Please don’t shoot... Read more
In Afghanistan, Being an Artist Is a Dangerous Job
On the afternoon of Feb. 26, 2015, the artist Kubra Khademi strapped a suit of metal armor over her clothes and headed outside. The armor, which she had cobbled together in the workshop of a local blacksmith, had bulbous breasts and an ample bottom. It was the centerpiece of... Read more
Classical Egyptian Artists Display ‘Collector’s Eye’ in Cairo
Here are some highlights from ‘The Collector’s Eye VI’ at Cairo’s Ubuntu Gallery that is open until September 14.  Seif Wanly The sixth edition of Ubuntu’s annual ‘Collector’s Eye’ exhibition includes work from a number of well-known modern and contemporary Egyptian artists, including this piece from the late Seif... Read more
Different Reaction on New Travel and Work Rights for Women in Saudi
A wave of hope swept through Saudi Arabia when the government there announced in early August that it would soon extend significant new rights to women. The changes, which started applying at the end of August, were anticipated to dramatically change the conservative kingdom’s so-called guardianship system, allowing women... Read more
The Most Important Societal Change in Saudi Arabia
Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 24 Last week, on an unplanned trip to the city of Qatif, I had the chance to visit the home of Sayyed Hassan al-Awami, a local community leader. At the door to his residence, I met his granddaughter, along with her two sons. We chatted... Read more
Why Did a Student Decide to Raise Awareness of Ancient Egyptian Civilization?
The day Nour El-Demerdash stepped inside the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, she opened her eyes about the glory of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, sensing many people’s ignorance across the world about it.  She made up her mind into raising awareness about this shining, captivating world to as much... Read more
Jerusalem Holds International Arts & Crafts Festival
Hutzot HaYotzer, Jerusalem’s annual International Arts and Crafts Festival is taking place now until August 24. The event is being held at the Sultan Pool on Sunday-Thursday from 6-11 pm, and on Saturday night beginning from 9 pm to midnight. The exhibit includes works by artists from around the... Read more
Egypt Displays Restoration of Tutankhamun Gilded Coffin
Egypt yesterday displayed the gilded coffin of Tutankhamun, under restoration for the first time since the boy king’s tomb was discovered in 1922. The restoration process began in mid-July after the three-tiered coffin was transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo from the Valley of the Kings... Read more
Inside Birchbark Books & Native Arts
MINNEAPOLIS — Look up when you enter Birchbark Books & Native Arts and you’ll spot a handcrafted canoe hanging above the table of current and favorite books. An intricately carved Catholic confessional hugs a wall, although according to the store’s frequently asked questions page, it was renamed a “forgiveness... Read more
Visitor Who Appeared to be an Arab Man Attacks Egyptian Mummy at Cairo Museum
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has opened an investigation after an ancient mummy preserved in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum was attacked by a visitor. The Egyptian Museum’s director filed a complaint to the ministry demanding an investigation after video evidence of a visitor attacking the mummy appeared online. Sabah Abdel Razek... Read more