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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.
 
Time for Jordan to go Offline?
Yasmine El Gharaibeh   
Time for Jordan to go Offline? | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Jordanian post Arab Spring social media scene bustled with initiatives and campaigns that demand reform. How far did these campaigns go, and were they successful in initiating change?
 
Bookmarking the blockade
K.S.   
Bookmarking the blockade | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFor the first time ever since it was launched five years ago, the Palestine Festival of Literature made it into the Gaza Strip, which Israel has kept for as many years under total blockade. So why did Hamas forces break up the closing event?
 
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, call for entries
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Karama Human Rights Film Festival, call for entries | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Karama Human Rights Festival (KHRFF), Amman, Jordan has recently launched a call for entries open to films of all genres focusing on human rights. Deadline for applications – 2nd September 2012.
 
Foreign funds to the Civil Society: “The Trojan Horse”
Yasmine ElGharaibeh   
Foreign funds to the Civil Society: “The Trojan Horse” | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCivil society faces many obstacles in Jordan and in the Arab world. As foreign funds continue to “aid” these organizations, concerns rise about their autonomy under the influence of generous grants.
 
Bahrain: The role of “Social Media” in promoting democracy
Reem Khalifa   
Bahrain: The role of “Social Media” in promoting democracy | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn early 2011, Bahrain was the 3rd country to experience its own “Arab Spring”, following Tunisia and Egypt. On the 14th February thousands of youths marched towards Manama, demanding political reforms. The cry for freedom and change was spread through social media.
 
Gaza’s children share their dreams and fears
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Gaza’s children share their dreams and fears | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn December 2010, 200 children from Al Zarqa, one of the poorest areas of the Gaza Strip, participated in a drawing project which has now reached the UK in a unique exhibition organized by young British activists and sponsored by Oxfam, Made in Europe and the NIDA Trust
 
Tunisia: When punishment becomes a gift
Thameur Mekki   
Tunisia: When punishment becomes a gift  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWhen the works of Ben Haj Yahia, Jebali, Darwish and Farzit pervade theatrical creativity, the struggle of two generations parades on stage.
 
Croatia on the Balkan migration route
Francesca Rolandi   
Croatia on the Balkan migration route | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCroatia is on the so-called Balkan route of migration that runs from Serbia to the countries of the EU. How does the country, soon to become the 28th Member State of the Union, deal with migration issues?
 
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2012
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Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2012 | babelmed | mediterranean cultureCelebrating its 10th Birthday, the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2012’s edition will be held from the 6th to the 15th of July, Liverpool, UK.
 
The Literary Atlas of Cairo
Mohamed Farag   
The Literary Atlas of Cairo | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn “The Literary Atlas of Cairo”, a series of representations of Cairo in Arabic literature of the twentieth century, Samia Mehrez presents a literary topography combining the social, cultural, political and urban history of the Arab megalopolis.
 
Algeria, the legislative elections and the Arab Spring
Nassim Brahimi   
Algeria, the legislative elections and the Arab Spring | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe legislative elections against the spectre and the NATO in Algeria are similar to the previous elections even if the regime has managed to fool everyone by putting salt on a flat insipid policy.
 
Greece: Chrysi Avghi, the darkest side of the crisis
Gilda Lyghounis   
Greece: Chrysi Avghi, the darkest side of the crisis | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAfter the failure of negotiations for a new government, Greece is going back to the polls on June 17th. Many eyes are on the neo-Nazi movement Chrysi Avghi ("Golden Dawn"), that has taken advantage of the crisis. A portrait of the party and its leader, Nikos Michaloliakos.
 
A white wave for Syria
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A white wave for Syria | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA Solidarity Action organised on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Independence of Syria, under the patronage of the International Federation for Human Rights and the League for Human Rights will be held in Paris, Place du Trocadero, April 17th, 7 to 7.30 p.m.
 
Passing on the key
KS   
Passing on the key | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFrom one generation of Palestinians to the next, refugees displaced since Israel’s creation have been passing on the stories of their dispossession
 

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