Culture

Dreams of Djiboutian Olympic Glory

By / August 2016

Ayanleh Souleiman is Djibouti’s best hope for an Olympic medal in nearly thirty years. Rachel Pieh Jones interviewed him about his hopes for Rio.

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Make Art Not War

By / July 2016

In Amman, writes Danny Wright, graffiti artists are tagging the city’s bland concrete walls, all the while exposing locals to non-traditional forms of expression.

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Rose of Syria

By / June 2016

Brian McKanna on a beleaguered country’s resilient flower: “What makes the Damask so attractive is its combination of intoxicating aroma and irrepressibility.”

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Around the World in Toilets

By / May 2016

Wherever you travel, you’re going to need a bathroom. What will you find? Well, it depends on the place.

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Hot Water Forever

By / April 2016

Danny Wright visits Jordan’s Hammamat Ma’in: “I sat under the waterfall for ninety minutes. The water splashed against my head and shoulders with such force that I had to grip the wall to stay upright. The roar drowned out all other sounds. After a while, I could not feel my limbs.”

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Women Are My Tribe

By / February 2016

Rachel Jones on the gender imbalance in Djibouti’s most popular sport: “The men are playing games while the women are working. To outsiders this can seem inherently sexist.”

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