Ramadan in Yemen

Journalist Abdullah Ali interviews Yemenis on how social initiatives are contributing to the alleviation of the suffering of Yemen during Ramadan Under the weight of the Ramadan night and during the day, Youssef Mahdi, 38, travels with a group of young people between the homes of poor families in the countryside of central Yemen. Their… Read More

There’s More to Saudi Arabia than the Ban on Women Driving

A View From The Kingdom by Amena Ziard I am constantly asked about my life in Saudi Arabia. There is no way to fully express the bitterness I have for some aspects of this society or the profound affinity I have for the land that is my birthplace but not my home. In this piece,… Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Chimene Suleyman’s “Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism”… Read More

Why we need a women’s revolution in Somalia

‘At the “Vision 2016” National Conference in September 2013, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud committed to deliver a nationwide “one man, one vote” election by August 2016’ by Yasmin Maydhane Today my uncle sold his youngest daughter – a 16-year-old – to the highest bidder (yes, I mean quite literally sold – whereby the father is… Read More

Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

by Chimene Suleyman There is a painting in my parent’s house that my mother made. It is a self portrait; green eyes looking back between the black cloth of the headscarf painted around her face. It is a beautiful painting, carnal even. The assigned image on my phone for my father is a photograph taken… Read More

The Revolutionary With A Bike

By Huma Munshi This review was first published on The F Word. Wadjda is the first feature film by a female Saudi director, Haifaaa al-Mansour. It is shot with great precision: every veiled glance has significance and every touch is noted. It gives us a unique insight into the experiences and stories of women in Saudi… Read More

Terror and I

by Roya Arab The first time I encountered terrorism was when I was very young. Holed up in our hotel in the 1970s, the Intercontinental by Hyde Park roundabout, we stared out of our suite onto the emptied wide street as a search was undertaken for the bomb. This was an IRA tactic; they would… Read More