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Thursday April 17th 2014

May 2011 – Issue IV

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Editorial

State versus society

When will authoritarian regimes learn that they cannot enforce on populations their own will? Here, NEQ looks at the case of Syria.

 

Iraq

Life through water in Iraq

An ancient way of drawing water from below ground is being revived in northern Iraq. Charles McDermid sees if efforts to reintroduce karez systems can endure growing populations and reduced rainfall.

 

Israel

Katsav on Trial

Amidst spectacular protest and violence in the region, NEQ looks at a quieter expression of democracy in Israel – where former President Moshe Katsav has been through the courts for sexual offences.

 

Lebanon

All the Prison’s a Stage: Theatre in a Lebanese Prison

The inmates of Roumieh Prison in Lebanon adapt and enact an Arabic version of Reginald Rose’s famous play, “12 Angry Men” and address their own demons along the way.

 

Palestine

Mahmoud Darwish and the need for a new poetry of resistance for the Arab Spring

The historic events gripping North Africa and the Middle East need representation through poetry. The work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish signifies this drive for freedom, says Hala Nassar.

 

Syria

Weakening regime, weaker opposition

As the Arab revolution has reached the Levant, Syria verges on civil war. Aron Lund looks at the opposition groups that may well be involved in shaping the country’s political future. 

 

Turkey

“Tarlabaşı Is Renewed”

The Istanbul neighbourhood of Tarlabaşı has long been the black sheep of the chic and rapidly gentrifying central Beyoğlu district. Constance Letsch delves deeper into the lives most affected by a new drive to modernise the area.

 

Interview

Syria’s uprising: A fight to the end

Syria expert Joshua Landis speaks to NEQ about the path ahead for Syria.

 

Culture

Mahmoud Darwish, poetry of resistance and the Arab Spring

The historic events gripping North Africa and the Middle East need representation through poetry. Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish signifies this drive for freedom, says Hala Nassar.

 

Review

All the Prison’s a Stage: Theatre in a Lebanese Prison

The inmates of Roumieh Prison in Lebanon adapt and enact an Arabic version of Reginald Rose’s famous play, “12 Angry Men” and address their own demons along the way.

 

Photo essay

The lives of Tarlabaşı by Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis brings to life the threatened district of Tarlabaşı in Istanbul through a series of stunning images.


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