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Author Archives: Norah Soufraji

A Brief History of the Aleppo Citadel

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer Towering over Syria’s largest city of Aleppo is a remarkably preserved medieval castle complex known as the Citadel of Aleppo. Considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world, this fortress was constructed by the Ayyubbids and was later occupied by the Armenians, Greeks, … Continued

Record Low Turnout for Tunisia’s Latest Parliamentary Elections

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer Democracy Eroding? Tunisia is widely known as the birthplace of the Arab Spring and has been seen as a success story in maintaining democracy while other Arab neighbors have fallen into instability, war, and back into the hands of autocratic regimes. However, recent political developments have some experts … Continued

Dalida: The International Diva Who Became an Egyptian Icon

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer An Egyptian Icon Music is at the very heart and soul of Egyptian national pride. For decades, the likes of Um Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, and Mohammad Abdel Wahab, transfixed the Arab world with their melodies. Along with these icons of Arab music, we can also find Dalida, … Continued

Swimming for Freedom-The True Story of Yusra and Sara Mardini from Netflix’s ‘The Swimmers’

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer A Remarkable True Story The newly released Netflix film The Swimmers tells the remarkable true story of two heroic Syrian sisters named Yusra and Sara Mardini. Directed by Sally El-Hosaini, The Swimmers is a striking and heartfelt depiction of the Syrian refugee experience framed within the central relationship … Continued

Egypt’s New Archaeological Discovery Includes Pyramid of Previously Unknown Queen & 300 Mummies

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer Archaeologists Continue to Unearth Egypt’s Ancient Treasures In Arabic, Egypt is often referred to as Um al-dunya meaning “mother of the world”. For centuries archaeologists have marveled at the vast architectural achievements of Ancient Egypt and are still unearthing the treasures of the past thousands of years later. … Continued

Bahbah: What Will Netanyahu’s New Government Mean for Palestinians and Arab Neighbors?

Palestinians are not hopeful that the new Israeli government will initiate or participate in peace talks, and they expect the status quo to continue. More Palestinian lands will be confiscated, and more settlements will either be built or expanded. However, Netanyahu knows how to assuage Palestinians under occupation. Bishara A. Bahbah By: Bishara A. Bahbah / … Continued

Lebanon’s Presidential Crisis: A Cycle of Political & Economic Chaos

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer The President Steps Down Michel Aoun, the eighty-nine year old president of Lebanon recently stepped down without a successor this week amid the country’s most dire economic crisis in years. Many Lebanese and international observers are concerned about the inevitable power vacuum as the parliament and cabinet scramble … Continued

Women’s Rights in the Arab World: What We Can Learn from the Mahsa Amini Protests in Iran

By: Norah Soufraji/ Arab America Contributing Writer Following the killing of Mahsa Amini (or Jîna her native Kurdish name) by Iranian “morality” police, chants of Women, Life, Freedom are being heard across the globe. Protestors have flooded the streets of Iran’s cities demanding drastic social and political change. Memories of the distinctly youth and female … Continued

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