Hadani Ditmars is the author of Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman's Journey Through Iraq. A former editor at New Internationalist, she has been reporting from the Middle East for two decades.
Opinion: Hadani Ditmars reflects on how poetry and verse might help Canadians reconcile the national ideal of a multicultural haven with the reality of apartheid.
Love triumphs over tragedy in the Nasser brothers' touching satire on desire and despair in Gaza.
As Youssef tours the US with his new one man show, based on his life story, his journey into new genres reflects a personal and as well as societal shift.
The New Arab Meets: 64-year-old Amjad Assad, who has almost single handedly digitised thousands of cassettes and old 78's that span a century of musical history.
The Syrian conflict is dramatically displayed at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London.
The lullaby sung by young Mary to her son Jesus about the fate that awaits him brings to mind the mothers of Yemen, Syria and Palestine, who sing similar laments.
Blog: Bush Sr gave the green light to Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, then presided over a war crime on the infamous 'Highway of Death', notes Hadani Ditmars
Comment: There has been a dangerous cultural shift in attitudes towards the fourth estate, writes Hadani Ditmars.
Comment: Jihadists' war on beauty salons is anathema to a long-held Iraqi tradition of resilience and cultural resistance, writes Hadani Ditmars.
As war rages across the Middle East, taking time to honour the victims can only bring us closer to our own humanity, writes Hadani Ditmars.