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An interdisciplinary blog that features comparative regional thoughts and insights on the cross roads between constructed ideas, religion, culture, identity, and politics.


This blog is curated by the Identity Politics Research Initiative at MEPF. Content, comments and insights on this blog do not reflect or represent the official position of MEPF and should not be considered under any circumstances as political and policy advice. All publication and idea rights belong to their respective owners. Republish, comment and distribute at your own discretion.
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Gaza rolls out the red carpet

Gaza rolls out the red carpet | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Second annual Human Rights Film Festival aims to show the creativity of Palestinians living in the besieged territory.
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Israel: Will Nazism comparisons trigger soul searching?

Israel: Will Nazism comparisons trigger soul searching? | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Remarks comparing Israel to Nazi Germany reflect fears over growing fault line within Israeli politics and the military.
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Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Move over, Clock Boy. Another swarthy-looking nerd is alarming the authorities.
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British Muslim Sadiq Khan wins London mayor vote

British Muslim Sadiq Khan wins London mayor vote | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Labour party candidate comfortably outruns Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith, becoming the city's first Muslim mayor.
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Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Religion not compatible with constitution, says anti-immigration party which also proposes banning minarets and burqas.
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Whatever they do, Muslims can’t win in our society | Ian Birrell

Whatever they do, Muslims can’t win in our society | Ian Birrell | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
British people pride themselves on being inclusive and fair. Yet we tolerate Britons being discriminated against – if they happen to follow Islam
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Will Brazil land a Lebanese president before Lebanon does?

Will Brazil land a Lebanese president before Lebanon does? | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Lebanon is entering its 24th month without a president in May, which marks one of the longest times a country has been without a head of state ever.
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Donald Trump: Halting radical Islam must be US priority

Donald Trump: Halting radical Islam must be US priority | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Republican presidential candidate accuses President Obama of leaving a legacy of "weakness, confusion and disarray."
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Sweden's Green Party 'infiltrated by Islamists'

Sweden's Green Party 'infiltrated by Islamists' | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
One party member refused to shake hands with a female journalist, and another compared Israel to Nazi Germany.
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Palestinians back Marwan Barghouti for Nobel Prize

Palestinians back Marwan Barghouti for Nobel Prize | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Rights groups and politicians launch campaign to nominate senior Fatah leader serving life term for Nobel Peace award.
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Turkish leader Erdogan says Islamophobia on rise in US

Turkish leader Erdogan says Islamophobia on rise in US | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Turkish president says US presidential candidates have targeted Muslims as he opens a mosque.
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Refugees in Greece in a never ending ordeal

Refugees in Greece in a never ending ordeal | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
'We are travelling the same road, a road where our hearts have died, a road that is taking us far from home.'
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India's Menstruation Man

Arunachalam Muruganantham was obsessed with making the perfect sanitary pad for his wife. After years of work, his invention has changed the lives of millions of women in India.
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Her refusal to call them Rohingya caves in to Burmese Buddhists who have denied this group basic human rights.
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Pro and anti-refugee protests staged in Berlin

Pro and anti-refugee protests staged in Berlin | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Right-wing gathering far outnumbered by two protests against xenophobia and racism in German capital.
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A tour through the golden era of Nigerian movies

A tour through the golden era of Nigerian movies | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Ibadan was once the hub of Nigeria's film industry, but its cinemas have now been turned into churches and malls.
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President Obama Speaks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Washington,DC
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Muslim Immigrant Gifts 10% of His Multi-Billion Dollar Company to His Employees - Ilm Feed

Muslim Immigrant Gifts 10% of His Multi-Billion Dollar Company to His Employees - Ilm Feed | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
This just goes to show despite the anti-immigrant rhetoric being spread by some politicians, people like Ulukaya are making a positive contribution to American society, both economically and to people’s lives.
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This just goes to show despite the anti-immigrant rhetoric being spread by some politicians, people like Ulukaya are making a positive contribution to American society, both economically and to people’s lives.
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A Map of China, By Stereotype

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A Map of China, By Stereotype « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Here’s the Thing So Many Americans Can’t Grasp About Bernie Sanders

Here’s the Thing So Many Americans Can’t Grasp About Bernie Sanders | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
The U.S. likes to brand itself 'the land of opportunity'—yet our poster boys for innovation go to Harvard.
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Why speaking Arabic in America feels like a crime | Sinan Antoon

Why speaking Arabic in America feels like a crime | Sinan Antoon | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
A UC Berkeley student was booted from a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic. Are we surprised?
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Four Things We Learned About Saudi Arabia From the Deputy Crown Prince

Four Things We Learned About Saudi Arabia From the Deputy Crown Prince | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is facing the biggest economic shake-up since the country was founded.
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Israeli court: Killing of Palestinian 'inconclusive'

Israeli court: Killing of Palestinian 'inconclusive' | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Judge rules "reasonable doubt" after Israeli soldier caught on video shooting wounded Palestinian in the head.
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Women in post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan

Women in post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan | Cultures, Identity and Constructs | Scoop.it
Iraqi Kurdistan does much better on women’s rights issues in comparison to the rest of Iraq, yet many challenges remain.
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