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Organisations like Nabad wish to give artists and cultural institutes their spark back to help them go on with their projects and ideas post the devastating Beirut port blast.

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and LGBT+ rights in the Middle East.

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

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Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

Book Club: In Hijab and Red Lipstick, Yousra Imran alchemises her trauma into a semi-autobiographical novel that was hard to put down.

Moroccan #MeToo helps women to break silence

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Moroccan #MeToo helps women to break silence

Morocco's Masaktach movement gives voice to victims of sexual abuse to speak up and share their experiences.

The UK-based grassroots charity taking on the Rohingya crisis

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The UK-based grassroots charity taking on the Rohingya crisis

The New Arab Meets: Rahima Begum whose international human rights organisation from East London is contributing proof to the case on the ...

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Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Although its gig was cancelled under pressure from Christian groups, Mashrou' Leila have become a symbol in a country where activists say there's a growing crackdown on free speech.

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Escaping reality through music: Meeting Moody Kablawi

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian musician and producer Moody Kablawi from Haifa, who has been performing and touring internationally since he was ...

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Watanili: Helping Syrian children reclaim their childhood

Society: Through art, film and education, Watanili is a grassroots initiative working to give traumatised Syrian children a dose of normal ...

Rami Almeghari

Meeting Gaza's first music therapist

In-depth: Armed with her lute and a passion to help others, music therapist Reem Anbar is focused on helping Gazan children with ...

Isn't it funny? Beirut's clown activists tackle serious issues

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Isn't it funny? Beirut's clown activists tackle serious issues

A group of Lebanese performers are using farce to highlight the country's chronic crises - but also to cheer up vulnerable people affected by ...

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Nine inspirational women from the Middle East

As the new year begins, we take a look at nine inspirational women from the Middle East that you might not have heard of before.

Acrassicauda, the heavy metal band from Baghdad

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Acrassicauda, the heavy metal band from Baghdad

Metallica-inspired Iraqi metal band, Acrassicauda, have released their first full-length album after an epic journey from war-torn Baghdad to an ...

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