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Six years on from a revolution, the startup scene in Tunisia thrives

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Six years on from a revolution, the startup scene in Tunisia thrives

Six years on from their revolution, what is it like starting a business in the new Tunisia? Today, the startup scene in Tunisia.  By: Kerning Cultures In 2011, against all odds, Tunisia’s revolution successfully overthrew the dictatorial regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the beginning of the historic Arab Spring. Now, in 2017,…

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Podcast: Yemeni Coffee During the War

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Podcast: Yemeni Coffee During the War

One man’s mission to revive Yemeni coffee for global markets during the war. By: Kerning Cultures  Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the 28-year-old Yemeni American, is the first Arab certified Q-grader, the coffee equivalent of a sommelier for wine. This certification is a very involved process, comprising 22 tests intensely quizzing the applicant on flavours tasted and in what…

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Podcast: Trump’s Travel Ban and its Effects

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Podcast: Trump’s Travel Ban and its Effects

Podcast: Trump’s Travel Ban and its Effects In the whirlwind of the past week and a half, a look back at Trump’s travel ban. By: Kerning Cultures Note: The episode above and the article below are supplementary and different. We, the People On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration…

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Reviving the Culture of Hamra Street in Lebanon

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Reviving the Culture of Hamra Street in Lebanon

Reclaiming the culture of Lebanon with culture and art: reviving Hamra Street with graffiti.  By: Kerning Cultures Yazan Halwani is a street artist, still in his early 20s. Over the past year, I’ve met with Yazan a few times, following his work closely and always, with great admiration. When I finally got to sit down with him…

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Behind the scenes: Middle East poetry

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Behind the scenes: Middle East poetry

The behind-the-scenes when 3 musicians and a poet in the Middle East come together for the first time. By: Kerning Cultures This episode we take you behind the scenes to capture raw human talent: the intimate brainstorming, trials, and experimentation of 3 musicians and a poet in the Middle East preparing for a spoken word…

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Egypt’s Brain Drain

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Egypt’s Brain Drain

What do we owe the places that raised us? Exploring brain drain from Egypt. By: Kerning Cultures   Note: the episode above supplements the article below; they’re both different! Mention “brain drain” to any Middle Easterner and they’ll nod sadly: yes, we have this problem in our country, too. Tracing the history of emigration in…

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