2.0. and a new toolkit

April 16, 2015

2.0. and a new toolkit It seems this is the week for big launches. At least two of them! Mashallah News, the collaborative Middle Eastern magazine I’ve been part of running since 2010, is finally getting ready to release the 2.0. version of itself – after delays and then...

Chasing the walls of Azemmour

April 9, 2015

Chasing the walls of Azemmour Medina – the word in its most basic sense is Arabic for “city” and simply means a place where humans have settled down. But the term has other meanings too – the city Medina of course, in today’s Saudi Arabia, one of the most important cities...

Aleppo, Alep, Halab, حلب

April 8, 2015

Aleppo, Alep, Halab, حلب Lately, for different reasons, Aleppo has been on my mind. I have been carrying a book around (wrapped in a piece of fabric – it’s a hard cover and has a personal dedication on the first page, and I’ve borrowed it from its owner and...

At the other end

April 3, 2015

At the other end I’m writing this after one of those long, seemingly never-ending, mornings that begins in the early hours with a quick walk around an empty Friday-morning town, then continues with cooking and eating breakfast (this one made up of plates with olives, carrots and coriander, barley...