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Bardo closure puts into question the long term safety of Beirut's LGBTQ+ community [Getty Images]
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A Beirut institution, Bardo, has closed its door after being in operation for 15 years. A safe space for the city's queer community, Bardo's closure leaves a vacuum unlikely to be filled and poses questions about the community's long-term future.
Adnan Samman, Ascending from my Lover to my God (2021), courtesy P21 Gallery
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Adnan Samman's latest exhibition at the P21 Gallery in London offers a unique window into the cultural ambiguity of Islamic art, and how, in an environment of appropriation and fetishisation, we can redefine our own tales.
Farha - Growing old through the brutality of war
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Word-premiered in the Discovery section of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Darin J. Sallam’s debut Farha is a touching drama about a young girl who is forced to face an unimaginable series of tragedies.
Nubian queen
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Netflix and UNESCO have set a film competition for Sub-Saharan African filmmakers to reimagine African folklore. The initiative, part of the African Union's 'Aspiration 5' project, hopes to inspire the next generation of African creatives.
Halabja landscape by  Abdulrahman Mirza (Pic: Gulan)
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As part of Halabja's artistic revival, a collective of 13 Kurdish artists put on a showcase at Portsmouth Cathedral to celebrate Halabja art and culture and highlight how Halabja was and is more than just a 1988 chemical attack.
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From fiction and short films to documentary and real-life, Palestine Cinema Days showcased a rich, diverse and unique selection of Palestinian, Arab and international movies this year.
With the recent coup in Sudan, the Middle East has become an even more militarized region (Al Alaraby Al Jadeed)
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Military coups are back in the Arab world. With a vengeance.
Joe Show Sudan Coup
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In episodes 22& 23, Joe Show wonders whether Sudan's coup was just a comedy of errors (Hint: It isn't) and examines the usual insanities and inanities of MENA politics.
The products featured in the Dekenet Box
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Amid economic ruin, Lebanon's small-scale farmers have been offered a lifeline by teaming up with a European culinary company to help ship their produce abroad. We speak with the company and Lebanese farmers about the project's goals and impact.
Jodie Bateman
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Driven by a mission to humanise and normalise images of Muslim women, British-Muslim photographer Jodie Bateman will be exhibiting her series of portraits at Vogue Italia’s Photo Festival this month.