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Rasha Al Aqeedi
Iraq
Mosul, before and after the minaret’s destruction (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Mosul Mourns Its Minaret, Sort Of

Al-Hadba‘a, the Hunchback Minaret adjoining the al-Nuri Mosque, gave Mosul its famous sobriquet. Destroyed by the Islamic State, the iconic monument is now being remembered for what it never was.

Iraq and Ruin
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The Once and Future Mosul

The city may soon be freed from the Islamic State, but it won’t be easy to govern afterward. Foreigners—and even Iraqis—had better study its complexities.

The Middle East
“A painting of Fatema Mernissi using Arabica coffee” by Yemeni artist Seba al-Afif
The Trespasser

Remembering Fatema Mernissi, a woman on a mission to redefine boundaries for women in the Muslim world.

Middle East Aflame
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Caliphatalism?

An Iraqi exile eavesdrops on life in her old hometown of Mosul.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
The Mueller Effect

Could it be that the President is less worried about the probe of his Russia dealings than about a general investigation with no set limits?

Crude Economics

Ecuador is ignoring OPEC demands to reduce output.

1990s Redux

The result came down to ethnocultural identification among the decision-makers more than lawyerly arguments and fact-checks.

lower education

American high schools are giving out higher and higher grades even as real academic ability stagnates.

Netanyahu in Europe

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic agree that the EU should stand closer with Israel.

*cough* climate leadership *cough*

Greens might want to hold off on anointing Beijing as the next global green leader.

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