A photo of a book, Eyeliner: A Cultural History

New book taps into the cultural history of eyeliner


For centuries, eyeliner has been seen as a staple, and often the only beauty item some women and men wear. In culture journalist Zahra Hankir’s latest book, “Eyeliner: A Cultural History,” readers learn how eyeliner isn’t just some superficial beauty hack and that in many cultures around the world, it has been revolutionized and popularized by people of color for medicinal purposes, authority and its cultural ties.

Maroon silhouette of two people performing in front of a crowd of people

Mahraganat artists in Egypt are defining hip-hop culture, despite government crackdowns

Planet Hip Hop
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, speaks at the COP27 UN Climate Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. 

At COP27, Lula promises to resume Brazil’s ‘leading role’ as a climate defender

Climate Change
Extreme flooding in Pakistan in 2022 affected 33 million people.

Loss and damage: Who is responsible when climate change harms the world’s poorest countries?

Climate Change
Tourists stand in front of a giant banner showing the golden mask of King Tutankhamun at Luxor temple in Luxor, Egypt, Nov. 4, 2022. 

100 years since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb

Sameh Shoukry, president of the COP27 climate summit, left, speaks during an opening session at the COP27 UN Climate Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

COP27: UN chief tells climate summit, Cooperate or perish

Climate Change

COP27 has kicked off in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Nearly 50 heads of state will take the stage in the first day of “high-level” international climate talks on Monday, with more to come in the following days.

Palestinians inspect their house which was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Aug. 8, 2022. 

As Israel-Palestinian truce holds, Gaza power plant restarts

Over three days of fighting, 44 Palestinians were killed, including 15 children and four women, and 311 were wounded, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

houseboats along the river

The Egyptian govt has begun demolishing Cairo’s iconic houseboats

Critics of the move say that the houseboats are an important part of Cairo’s cultural heritage that should be preserved.

man on beach

Ukrainian, Russian tourists stranded abroad


Thousands of tourists from Ukraine and Russia are stuck in popular destinations around the world as many countries suspended air traffic with Russia or banned Russian aircrafts from flying over its territory.  

UN Human Rights Officer Charles Kwemoi, OHCHR regional representative Marcel Akpovo, EHRC Chief Commissioner Daniel Bekele and Director at the EHRC Albab Tesfaye, give a joint press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Investigation into Ethiopian conflict reports human rights violations by all sides

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An investigation into the Ethiopian conflict reveals that all sides have violated human rights. Also, Nicaragua gets ready for for presidential elections. And, Eswatini comes to an agreement with South Africa for national dialogue to bring an end to unrest in the country.