Society

Remembering the 1979 Soviet Invasion in Afghanistan

Today's Afghanistan is in many ways a result of the events that began to unfold in 1979. Journalist Waheed Massoud has been living through all of it and reminisces about how the last four decades have shaped him and his generation.

Remembering 1979 in Afghanistan
Libyans seeking healthcare in Tunisia
Libyans looking for healthcare in Tunisia

With crumbling healthcare infrastructure in Libya, many people travel abroad for treatment. Tunisia is the nearest destination, but a weak Libyan economy and slow payments by the Ministry of Health have affected the ability of Libyans to get care.

Libya's youth and the experience of revolution and civil war

Libya’s youth came of age in an era quite unlike that of their parents, experiencing first the euphoria of revolution, then the descent into bloodshed and anarchy.

A militia man with a Libyan flag in downtown Tripoli.
Saudi Arabia and 1979
Saudi Arabia and 1979

Saudis, who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, only need to ask their parents and grandparents what another Saudi Arabia may look like. Forty years after 1979, our generation can finally influence the course of the country.

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Interview with Iraqi pollster Munqith Daghir

Munqith Daghir runs the Iraqi polling organization IIACSS. The rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) could have been predicted, he believes. He shares what to expect from the newly formed government and why the S in IS matters more than the I.

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Remembering 1979 in Egypt

Camp David rewarded Egypt's army for peace but also paved the way for the repressive surveillance state. When the revolution hit the streets in 2011, it dawned on our author how pivotal 1979 proved to be in that context.

Demining in Libya
Demining in Libya

Mines and unexploded ordnances pose a threat at every step of the way. Efforts to dispose of the remnants of war aim to reclaim safe spaces–and a common ground for shared experiences for Libyans from all parts of the country.

African migrants in Tunisia
African migrants in Tunisia

At Tunisia’s only existing refugee centre, scores of illegal migrants are trying to move on from their cursed journeys through Libya.