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Mahdi Shaban, a Palestinian living in Gaza, paid for his master’s degree with earnings from digging graves. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Young people in the Middle East struggle to see a promising future

Political and economic forces across the Middle East and North Africa combine to mean well-educated young people spend years looking for work, which delays their independence and adulthood.
The rubble after the raid on Islamic State group leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed

Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi had led the terrorist group since 2019. His death may lead to uncertainty over who will replace him but may not signal the group’s demise.
A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

What schools teach about 9/11 and the war on terror

The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an opportunity for teachers to focus less on recreating the day and more on what students can learn from it, two curriculum experts argue.
Palestinian and Israeli members of the Women Wage Peace movement march in Jerusalem in October 2017 to demand a peace deal. Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

Making peace between Israelis and Palestinians – is now the time for a different approach?

Nothing seems to have brought a lasting peace to Palestinians and Israelis. Two Middle East scholars suggest approaches different from what has been tried before.
Palestinian university student Mira Krayem, 24, poses for a picture in an alley of the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, on May 21, 2021. Anwar Amro/AFP

Young Palestinians in Lebanon face discrimination from all sides

Paulo Freire’s concept of “conscientization”, or critical consciousness, helps us better understand the lives of young Palestinians, particularly those living in Lebanese refugee camps.

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