Mahdi Shaban, a Palestinian living in Gaza, paid for his master’s degree with earnings from digging graves.
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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.
‘Antigone leads Oedipus out of Thebes’ painting by Charles Francois Jalabert.
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A scholar of Greek classics revisits the texts to bring lessons on how to honor the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unrest over food prices is growing.
Sudden food prices have sparked in Iraq, but other countries may follow.
Dream of a caliphate as an Islamist homeland is receding.
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The caliphate has no territory, but plenty of hearts and minds.
Tens of thousands of members of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority are now living in shelters and camps.
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In 2019 a scholar visited the Iraqi Kurdistan, where Yazidis have been resettled. He explains their religious beliefs and their current conditions.
Islamic State fighter Taha al-Jumailly (face hidden behind a folder) has been sentenced by a German court to life imprisonment.
The verdict opens the way for further genocide prosecutions.
Hopes for a better future?
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Belarus has created a migrant crisis at its border in an apparent move to punish the European Union for its opposition to the country’s leader.
A complex legacy.
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A scholar of African American studies explores how the former secretary of state, who died at 84, dealt with what WEB DuBois described as the ‘double-consciousness’ of being Black and American.
Beset on all sides: a soldier of the SDF looks out at the Turkish frontline during the 2019 invasion of Kurdish territory in Syria.
Joe Biden has been quick to calm Kurdish fears that the US will abandon them to their fate.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a congressional committee hearing on the withdrawal of American troops Afghanistan.
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This summer’s disintegration of the Afghan government and continuing political turmoil in Iraq provide valuable lessons for the U.S. and its mission to impose democracy on the rest of the world.
A Taliban fighter, wearing U.S. clothing and carrying U.S. weapons, looks through a captured night-vision device.
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Despite efforts to prevent militant groups from getting weapons, they often get their hands on U.S. equipment and use it to attack American troops.
The events of the past decade in the Middle East have upended the states in the region. What will the future hold?
It was the day the US realised it was fighting a different kind of war.
A Taliban fighter stands guard at Sarai Shahzada market in Kabul.
After 20 years that cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, America’s engagement in the Middle East appears to be over. So what happens now?
A survey of U.S. history teachers found they teach about 9/11 primarily on the date of the anniversary.
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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.
The rise of the US military state since 9/11 has cost billions of dollars and resulted in the loss of nearly 1 million lives in wars abroad.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells.
Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.
Every soldier has a different story.
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The act of killing in combat is associated with heightened risks of PTSD and suicide. A scholar interviewed 30 veterans about their common experiences.
Heading for the exit.
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Following the completion of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Neta Crawford, the co-director of the Costs of War Project, reflects on 7,268 days of American involvement in the conflict.
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18, 2021.
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The U.S. military collected biometric data on Afghan civilians. The information may have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, highlighting why collecting the data is too risky in the first place.