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‘The Narcicyst’: An Arab raging against the machine


“Hip hop is a school,” says Yassin Alsalman, better known by his MC title of “the Narcicyst”, or simple “Narcy”, “it’s a school that taught me a lot about myself outside of the school environment. I didn’t have to pay for any books, I didn’t have to listen to somebody lecture me, I chose who to listen to and it helped me build my career and my identity.”


Reconceptualising Yemen with photography: an interview with FRAME Yemen

'an iconic scene that identifies one of the many popular facets of Yemen and yet is especially symbolic as the war currently threatens Yemeni heritage' -  Third place winner, Sahar Al-Mekhlafy.EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW & IMAGES 

The Saudi-led operation against Houthi rebels has put Yemen in the spotlight for almost six months, for all the wrong reasons. Instability, unfortunately, is nothing new to Arabia Felix, but since March, airstrikes, landmines, blockades and militias have been at the forefront of the tragedy unfolding in the country. It’s unrealistic, futile and counterproductive to ignore the humanitarian catastrophe that is today’s Yemen, but for too long the country has been misunderstood.


Revealing the invisible: interview with Tunisian-Russian artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke


“I never decide in advance why I want to talk about a subject; it just arises from the context. The wall in particular is a symbol that speaks to me strongly,” says Tunisian-Russian artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke, to explain her new work at Dallas Contemporary gallery. “For me, walls mean separation. But walls are also skins that say something about a city and the people who live there in hidden ways," she observes. "I have always been interested in revealing the invisible.”


On the anniversary of Sabra and Shatila: ‘We should talk about what we did to each other’

Maryanne ZéhilINTERVIEW 

When a Canadian editor specialising in the testimonies of genocide survivors starts to receive anonymous accounts of the Sabra and Shatila massacres, her investigation takes her to a small village in the Lebanese mountains and brings her closer to Ali, a Palestinian who grew up in the camps. Flashbacks to Ali as a child depict him peering through a window into one of the houses in the camp as the massacre takes place. Ali is driven by his mother to take revenge on the people who commanded such atrocities yet who walk the streets of Lebanon without ever being charged.


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