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The Power of Individuals: Grass-root social initiatives in Jordan
Dana Marie   

The Power of Individuals: Grass-root social initiatives in Jordan | babelmed | mediterranean cultureOne hour and fifteen minutes away from his residence, Rabee Zureikat drives more than 100 Km’s south-west of Amman, Jordan’s capital, to get to his work place. Ghor Al Mazra’a is one of the marginalized rural communities in Jordan and Zureikat has been working there for the past 5 years.

 
Tempted by the Moroccan Dream
Marianne Roux-Bouzidi   
Tempted by the Moroccan Dream | babelmed | mediterranean culture"Morocco, land of contrasts". The famous tourism slogan also applies to the kingdom’s labour market. The country ranks third place in the world with regards to brain drain. The World Bank is quite concerned by Moroccan youth unemployment that has reached record levels. Yet every year, the country attracts many French people who come to try their luck.
 
Welcome among Armenians in Lebanon
Paolo Martino   

Welcome among Armenians in Lebanon | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn the Bekaa valley, in Lebanon, in the company of Hrayer, a boy from the local Armenian community. Among fruit trees, vegetables and a tragic past. The first episode of the report “From the Caucasus to Beirut”.

 
Emigration and Unemployment in Jordan
Yasmine ElGharaibeh   

Emigration and Unemployment in Jordan | babelmed | mediterranean cultureUnder tough economic conditions and high unemployment rate in Jordan, finding a suitable job continues to be a major concern for university graduates.

 
Crossroads Co-Production Forum, Greece

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Crossroads Co-Production Forum, Greece
 | babelmed | mediterranean cultureOrganised by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the Crossroads Co-Production Forum will take place from the 6th to the 10th of November. A call for feature film scripts has been launched – deadline – 31st of July 2012.
 
Call for Volunteer Trainee Assistants for Dream City 2012. Tunis & Sfax
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Call for Volunteer Trainee Assistants for Dream City 2012. Tunis & Sfax | babelmed | mediterranean cultureDream City, biennial of contemporary art in public space, invites Tunisian and international multidisciplinary artists to fill urban space with their artworks.

 
When Justice and Development takes the devil’s side
Mohamed Kadhiri   
When Justice and Development takes the devil’s side | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe official discourse of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has changed a few months after an overwhelming victory in the last Moroccan legislative elections that led the party to form the new government together with the other winning parties.
 
Egypt, renaissance of the feminist movement
Dina Kabil   
Egypt, renaissance of the feminist movement | babelmed | mediterranean cultureEgyptian feminists have realised that the only way to deal with the Salafists is by getting together and it works: it seems that the extremists’ attempts to marginalise the feminist movement have helped strengthen it.
 
Unwanted African Immigrants in New Libya
Ben Boubakar Youssef   

Unwanted African Immigrants in New Libya | babelmed | mediterranean cultureBoth a host country and a place of transit for immigrants, Libya is by its geographical position located on an important migration route from Africa to Europe. However, since the conflict that rocked the country in 2011, the situation has completely changed and the presence of African immigrants is no longer tolerated in this North African country.

 
Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Yasmine El Gharaibeh   
Syrian Refugees in Jordan  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAlmost 80 km away from bustling Amman and in the northern side of Jordan, we visit one of many Syrian refugee camps spread across the governorate of Al Mafraq and the city of Rumtha.
 
Letter from the Tunisian Collective for Art, Culture and Freedom
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Letter from the Tunisian Collective for Art, Culture and Freedom | babelmed | mediterranean cultureRepeated physical aggressions against Tunisian artists and intellectuals have taken place in several regions of the country: March 2012, a theatrical event was attacked by thousands of Salafists in downtown Tunis and artists were aggressed.

 
Theatre, a school for civic values
Adel Habbassi   

Theatre, a school for civic values | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAdel Habbasi invites us on a journey to discover the performance resulting from the theatre workshop organised by the Arab-African Centre for Training and Theatre in Tunis that was presented to the public on the 9th of June at the El Hamra Theatre.

 
Subjective truths from Palestine
KS   
Subjective truths from Palestine | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIt preceded Palestinians’ quest for statehood at the UN, the acerbic internal Palestinian division and the Arab Spring, and yet with hindsight it had all the clues and looks now like artistic prophecy. Babelmed revisits Annelys de Vet, the visionary editor and graphic designer of The Subjective Atlas of Palestine, published in 2007.
 
El-Horreya, the Freedom Café in Cairo
Camille Abele   
El-Horreya, the Freedom Café in Cairo | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWith an attentive eye, one can perceive several bullet holes dating from the clashes in January in the giant windows of Café el-Horreya. Located in Bab al-Louq square, just steps away from Tahrir Square it embodies the rebellious spirit of the capital. A key barometer of the moral revolution, el-Horreya faithfully conveys the atmosphere of Cairo’s streets.
 

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