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Meet the Men Who Stitch Cairo’s Colorful Tents in This New Doc

The film showcases the highly skilled labor of these nimble-fingered artists.

In the post-industrial world we live in, handmade craftsmanship has fallen by the wayside, replaced by the standardized wares of factory production. But the art of khaimiya, or tent-making, is kept alive in a district of Cairo where nimble-fingered artisans spend most of the day stitching colorful, intricate patterns on the beautiful tents that dot the city’s landscape. Kim Beamish, a documentarian who arrived in Egypt in the midst of the 2011 uprising hoping to record some of the revoutionary action, instead produced this dynamic film that captures the work of Cairo’s tentmakers in vibrant color. The Tentmakers of Cairo documents the everyday lives of these unrecognized artists, as they struggle to maintain normalcy in the tumult of political and social upheaval.

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People Are Remixing ISIS’s “Theme Song” as a Cheeky Form of Protest

By mocking ISIS’ YouTube anthem, Middle Eastern bloggers thumb their noses at the terrorist group

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or, as they’re more commonly referred to, ISIS/ISIL) are many things: religious fundamentalists, murderous extremists, and—to the consternation of most—shockingly adept users of social media. Beyond their traditional weaponry, ISIS has developed a sophisticated understanding of how to use platforms like Twitter and YouTube to spread their messages of violent intolerance. But now social media is biting back, with users transforming one of ISIS’ YouTube anthems into something entirely different.

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Why Can’t We Party in the Street?

It’s getting more and more difficult for Americans to gather on public streets, out of joy or anger, and that’s a problem.

The Distortion street party in Denmark. Photo by ekvidi via Flickr

Over the last few months, we’ve been inundated with images of peaceful crowds of people clashing with police forces decked out in riot gear. The majority of images came from the Ferguson protests and some of the demonstrations that followed.

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This Underwater Museum is Bringing a Coral Reef to Life

A collaborative effort spurs a marine project off the coast of Egypt.

A 1,700-pound elephant sculpture will serve as a platform for new coral

Coral reef enthusiasts in the coastal Egyptian city of Dahab have installed an underwater art museum in the Red Sea that will eventually give birth to a brand-new reef.

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Six Things Tahrir Protesters Taught the World About Starting a Movement

Three years ago, an entire nation took to the streets to demand the fall of one of the longest-running dictators in the world. Egypt has not left the headlines since. Through its cycles of euphoria, bloodshed, cynicism, and hope, the Egyptian revolution continues to captivate the world.

Three years ago, an entire nation took to the streets to demand the fall of one of the longest-running dictators in the world. Egypt has not left the headlines since. Through its cycles of euphoria, bloodshed, cynicism, and hope, the Egyptian revolution continues to captivate the world.

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The Fires of the Egyptian Revolution Continue to Burn: Here's How to Stoke Them

It is 2013.  You have been over-saturated with the “Arab Spring”. You saw the Egyptian Revolution on the news two years ago and experienced...

It is 2013. You have been over-saturated with the “Arab Spring”.

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