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Corruption case shakes Turkey
Övgü Pinar   

Corruption case shakes Turkey | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA corruption investigation involving sons of ministers and high profile businessmen took thousands of Turks to the streets again. But the fact that the alleged corruptions came up as an act of vindication in a power fight between the government and a religious community that used to be its ally, leads to cautiousness.

 
UK plans against Romanian and Bulgarian migrants raise eyebrows
Övgü Pınar   

UK plans against Romanian and Bulgarian migrants raise eyebrows | babelmed | mediterranean cultureBulgaria and Romania in eight EU countries including the UK end at the beginning of 2014. UK’s plans to introduce new measures against migrants angers the EU.

 
Walls: an illusion of security from Berlin to the West Bank
Jon Henley   

Walls: an illusion of security from Berlin to the West Bank | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAlthough doomed to crumble, humans have always built walls. From the failed Maginot Line to the Great Wall of China they are an indelible part of our history.

 
The Bazoga Brothers
Ella Wind   

Bazoga, a musical collaboration between Moroccan art students and brothers Salim and Tayeb Bayri, features a hyper electronic mash of Moroccan trance darbeats, darija poetry, and other samplings found online.

 
Finally justice for Bosnia's Muslims?
Flaminia Giambalvo   

Finally justice for Bosnia's Muslims? | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe uncovering of a mass grave in Prijedor could reveal some of the darkest secrets from Bosnia's ethnic conflict.

 
“A wall against immigration. Evros, the eastern gate of Europe"
Federica Araco   

“A wall against immigration. Evros, the eastern gate of Europe" | babelmed | mediterranean cultureEvros river, a natural border between Turkey and Greece since 1922, is considered by many as the gateway to the East and marks the end of the European territory and the beginning of the Asian continent.

 
Let's talk about sex in Egypt
Al Monitor   

Let's talk about sex in Egypt | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA viral video starring several young Egyptians has been making the rounds recently on social media sites, sparking heated discussions about sexual harassment of women in the streets and on public transport.

 
British Council grant for Syrian artists in exile
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British Council grant for Syrian artists in exile | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe British Council starts a grants programme open to Syrian artists who have been forced to leave Syria and continue their work outside the country. Programme will be open for applications from 20 December 2013 to 20 January 2014.

 
Why are we building new walls to divide us?
Mark Rice-Oxley and Guardian correspondents   

Why are we building new walls to divide us? | babelmed | mediterranean cultureUsing satellite imagery, users' pictures, video and first-hand testimony, Guardian reporters across the world chart the new walls being built to divide people from their neighbours.

 
1st Biennial Tunis Arab Contemporary Art exhibition
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1st Biennial Tunis Arab Contemporary Art exhibition  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAs part of the celebration of 2013 as the year of visual arts, the first Biennale Tunis Contemporary Arab Art takes place until December 31.

 
When I wore the hijab: Power and the headscarf
Abdullah Hamidaddin   

When I wore the hijab: Power and the headscarf | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAbdullah Hamidaddin, a writer and commentator on religion and Middle East, wore his daughter’s hijab to remind people that the hijab is originally an expression of power, and had females ruled, things may have been different.

 
Pottery making an endangered Gaza craft
Al Monitor   

Pottery making an endangered Gaza craft | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe ancient and traditional profession of pottery making is facing hard times in Gaza Strip, in part due to the hours-long electricity cuts and in part the diffusion of imported plastic and glass objects.

 
Turkey’s wall on Syrian border divides Kurds
Övgü Pınar   

Turkey’s wall on Syrian border divides Kurds | babelmed | mediterranean cultureTurkey started building a wall that separates the Kurdish town Nusaybin from its Syrian twin Qamishli, infuriating Kurds.

 
The Nazi threat in Greece: Golden Dawn
Övgü Pınar   

The Nazi threat in Greece: Golden Dawn | babelmed | mediterranean cultureGreek racist party Golden Dawn, threatens not just the opponents or immigrants but also the democratic values of Europe.

 

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