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A Tale of Two Rabat Restaurants

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

A Hollywood scenario par excellence, as our guide knocked on an ornate wooden door. A hostess welcomed and escorted us into an old house transformed into a traditional restaurant.

Simon Shaheen Performs Tribute To Arab Spring

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts

Simon Shaheen is a Palestinian composer and musician who has done more for bringing Arab music to the West than perhaps any other individual in recent...

Astoria Characters: The Bouzouki Balladeer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

George Vlesmas has devoted his life to the pursuit of the bouzouki, the Greek stringed instrument with the pear-shaped body and swan-length fretted neck that sounds like a chiming harp.

Israel's Latest Gag: Musician Arrested, Accused of Being A Spy

Yermi Brenner | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Yermi Brenner

This week, the relationship between the Golan Druze and Israel took a turn for the worst. On Sunday, Majdal Shames resident, musician Fada Sha'ar, was arrested when he landed in Ben-Gurion International Airport.

Childhood Christmas Wonder Reborn in a Place You'd Never Guess (Hint: They're Too Big to Fail, Too)

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

I experienced the rebirth of the hope, excitement and magic of this holiday -- and of all places, where it came together for this resurrection was at the Wafi Mall in Dubai.

Rewind to Ramadan

Saadia Zahid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Saadia Zahid

During Ramadan, nightlife transforms from shots at nightclubs to shots of morrocan tea and card games. Door policies switch from no national dress to no sleeveless tops and short dresses.