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Agunot: Jewish “chained” wives
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Agunot: Jewish “chained” wives | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe plight of orthodox Jewish women trapped in marriages is back under spotlights as activists try to raise awareness on International Agunah Day, which fell on March 13 this year.

 
Burneshas: Women who choose to live as a man
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Burneshas: Women who choose to live as a man | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn the northern mountain villages of Albania, some women “become men” to escape the harsh traditions of the patriarchal society. Taking an oath of virginity, they dress, work and live like men.

 
Muslims and Jews of Tétouan. Testimonials
Nathalie Galesne   

Muslims and Jews of Tétouan. Testimonials | babelmed | mediterranean cultureM'Hammad Bennaboud is a historian who knows every stone of the Medina of Tetouan, but also the great changes that the city has gone through since the last century to the present day. He tells the story of coexistence between Jews and Muslims in the area.

 
A “killing the messenger law” against BDS
Stefano Nanni   

A “killing the messenger law” against BDS | babelmed | mediterranean culture"Boycott calls may annoy people, but protecting freedom of expression is particularly necessary when that expression is liable to antagonize and be unpopular". Interview with Aeyal Gross, professor of international law and a member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

 
Minorities in Turkey sent to exile in the periphery
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Minorities in Turkey sent to exile in the periphery | babelmed | mediterranean cultureGentrification projects in the historic neighborhoods of Istanbul drives the residents, composed mostly of minorities, to the suburbs where they have difficulty adapting to a new way of life.

 
Syrian soap operas as pro-Assad consensus-builders
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Syrian soap operas as pro-Assad consensus-builders | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAccording to a book by Arab media expert Donatelle della Ratta, Syrian soap operas popular in the Arab world uphold Assad's reformist image.

 
Dozens die of starvation in Yarmouk refugee camp
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Dozens die of starvation in Yarmouk refugee camp | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, only 8 kilometres from the Syrian capital, people are starving to death. Since over months, the camp is subjected to a dire siege by regime troops.

 
“Libyan women are caught in a Bermuda Triangle”
Callum Paton   

“Libyan women are caught in a Bermuda Triangle” | babelmed | mediterranean cultureSamira Massoudi, the President of the Libyan Women’s Union in Tripoli says “Women are caught in a Bermuda Triangle between the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi groups”.

 
“The history of relations between Jews and Muslims, from its origins to the present day”
Nathalie Galesne   

“The history of relations between Jews and Muslims, from its origins to the present day” | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFirst of all, do not be overwhelmed by this encyclopedia of 1200 pages, because while on the one hand this “history of relations between Jews and Muslims, from its origins to the present day” constitutes a colossal-sum, on the other hand it is a tumultuous journey of knowledge. Interview with Benjamin Stora, co- director of the work.

 
Syrian Women and the Uprising: Fighting on Multiple Fronts
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Syrian Women and the Uprising: Fighting on Multiple Fronts | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn Syria, women were at the core of the peaceful protests since the beginning of the uprising, in March 2011. From renowned opposition figures like Suheir Atassi and activists Marwa al-Ghamian and...

 
Us, suburban boys
Federica Araco   

Us, suburban boys | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe dreams and difficulties of adolescents in the suburbs of Rome are narrated in two documentaries by Simone Amendola. From the historic Centocelle to the new Cinquina, glances and words tell the complexity of the ever changing territories.

 
Press under threat on anniversary of Libyan revolution
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Press under threat on anniversary of Libyan revolution | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCommittee to Protect Journalists says, almost three years after the revolution in Libya that ousted Qaddafi, journalists are subject to repressive legislation, abductions and physical attacks.

 
The “destiny” of child brides in the peripheries of the world
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The “destiny” of child brides in the peripheries of the world | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe suspicious death of a 14 year-old child bride in the southeast Turkey and a proposal to ban child marriages in Yemen brought under the spotlights the phenomenon that devastates the lives of 67 million girls, mostly living in the “peripheries of the world”.

 
Arab Women’s Film Festival in the Hague
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Arab Women’s Film Festival in the Hague | babelmed | mediterranean cultureArab Women's Film Festival, the annual global film festival that show cases a select variety of films in which the Arab woman stands central, will take place between 7-9 March 2014 in the Hague.

 

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