The indigenous people of this region are Azeri peoples, and the main products of the village are honey and tree fruits such as walnuts, almonds, apricots, and apples.

Mohamad Rahman Bour

A house inside the only inhabited rocky village in the world (Al-Jazeera)

With conical houses and beehive-shaped doors and windows, one of the world’s most unique villages lies northwest of Iran, where its inhabitants still live in the heart of volcanic rocks.

Kandwan village is located near the Azeri city of Tabriz, and the continuity of life in it made it an exceptional village in the world. It is unlike the cities of “Cappadocia” in Turkey and “Dakota” in the United…


Faleh broke the rule of creativity and innovation, and was able, through his innate art, to form paintings that differ from the ordinary

Faleh immortalized the international basketball player Kobe Bryant with the largest hair drawing on the stadium (Al-Jazeera)

May Rabiei

5/7/2021

BAGHDAD — Without any brushes or paint, and on the floor of his small shop in one of Baghdad’s neighborhoods, Hussein Faleh, a men’s hairdresser, paints wonderful paintings using the remains of his clients’ hair.

Faleh tells Al Jazeera Net that he loves drawing since his childhood, where he used to draw using paper and pen, and because of his love for excellence until he reached his unique method in his drawings. Using the…


A 24-hour, teacher-less, unscheduled programming and coding school set up by OCP Group to meet the country’s technological expertise needs.

Mariam Altaidi

3/21/2021

Nicknamed “Silicon Valley” synonymous with the term high-tech companies, it is a unique university institution, its distinction begins with its name “1337” or as its pioneers pronounce it divided “13” then “37”, a coded name where each number corresponds to a letter, meaning “elite”.

The Foundation for Programming and Coding operates 24 hours a day without professors and was established by the OCP Group in order to meet the country’s needs for technological expertise.

It does not…


By Sana Al-Quwaiti

Muhammad Oti draws one of the paintings with tea and saffron-soaked water (Al Jazeera)

The use of tea and saffron was a method adopted by the sheikhs of the Ait Ben Haddou tribe in the past to exchange secret messages. Their grandchildren have turned it into an art form that is special to the region.

Mohamed Oti, a Moroccan young man, soaks tea and saffron in two different bowls of water for a while until the water absorbs the color of the substance soaked in it. …


The Syrian woman, Saba, is struggling to trace her husband who is in the prisons of the regime (Al-Jazeera)

Souheib Khalaf — North Syria

In the morning, Saba says goodbye to her only eight-year-old child to go to his school, while she goes to another school where she works as an educational counselor.

Saba is not accustomed to life in the northern countryside of Idlib, where she has lived in an atmosphere of alienation from her city, Maarat al-Numan, since she was displaced from it about a year ago, during the control of the Russian-backed regime forces.

This alienation is not the only challenge in the life of Saba and her son. …


A Palestinian worker waits to enter a hole at the wall in the Hebron area in the southern West Bank (Al-Jazeera)

Atef Douglas — Nablus

22/1/2021

Days after receiving treatment at the governmental hospital in Tulkarm (northern West Bank); The young Muawiyah Al-Ayesh returns to his home in the city of Nablus; To complete his treatment, after he was shot by the Israeli occupation forces last week while crossing the road trying to enter Israel for work.

Through a hole made in the metal separation barrier, which Israel built along its border with the occupied West Bank in 1967, Al-Ayesh and other workers wanted to cross the barrier after being closed by Israel under the pretext of Corona, and forced them…


Destruction, reconstruction, destruction. Israel’s raids on Gaza severely damaged more than 10,000 housing units, of which 800 were completely destroyed (Anadolu Agency).

Raed Musa — Gaza

5/18/2021

For the second time, Palestinian journalist Alaa Shamali and his family taste the bitterness of homelessness, as a result of an Israeli airstrike that destroyed the apartment building in which they had moved after the destruction of their home in the Shujaiya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City, during the 2014 war.

Alaa, who works for the local newspaper ‘Palestine’ in Gaza told Aljazeera Net, “The occupation planes are chasing us and assassinating even our dreams of a safe life inside our homes”.

The occupation did not let Alaa and his family of five children enjoy…


Algerians pride themselves on celebrating their female new-borns as much as males, if not more

Fatma Hamdi — Algeria

2/5/2021

The popular proverb in the Algerian East says, “The father of a girl is blessed,” because girls can be a source of sustenance. Some families celebrate female babies as well as male ones, if not more. Many Algerians boast about the customs that honour girls.

In the centre of the city of Annaba, 600 km east of the Algerian capital, the women of one of the ancient families in the city gather, adorned in traditional dress. …


By Ahmed Al-Ghunaimi

“Since 2011, the storylines emerging from the Arab Spring have told the story of autocrats preparing their armies to thwart coups only to end up facing massive popular uprisings. Autocrats have long preferred to prevent coups above all other considerations, including military performance on the battlefield.”

Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring a decade ago, armies have spawned tyranny, as in the Egyptian case, and civil war, as in the cases of Yemen, Syria and Libya — and a difficult path toward democracy in Tunisia.

The indisputable fact confirmed by the Arab Spring is that “popular uprisings can lead to tyrannical collapses only when armies cease to defend the status quo.” Why then did the Egyptian military abandon Mubarak? …

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