North Africa

Palestinians react as they watch a live broadcast of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Morocco and France played in Qatar, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. 

As World Cup wraps, Morocco team inspires Arab unity around the world


Morocco’s Atlas Lions have a lot to celebrate at this year’s World Cup in Qatar. They became both the first Arab and the first African team to reach the semifinals, inspiring Arab unity around the world.  

Sample portions of chicken and kale stew over rice

Maine’s largest school district serves up African-inspired dishes to get more students excited about school lunch

The shoreline of a village on the Greek island of Evia is shown with massive plumes of dark smoke rising in the distance.

Discussion: Climate change and a deepening global health crisis

Climate Change
A devil cartoon sits on shoulder of cartoon image of a president with Arabic script.

No joke! How two cartoonists spurred revolution during the Arab uprisings.

Global Cartoons
A compiliation of images from the Arab uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East

Looking back at a historic time in the Middle East and North Africa

Top of The World
Tunisian protesters demonstrate beneath a poster of Mohamed Bouazizi near the prime minister's office in Tunis, Tunisia, Jan. 28, 2011.

Fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi’s protest inspired the Arab uprisings. A decade later, his sister still mourns.

Global Politics

“One day, I hope all Tunisians live in dignity. That’s what my brother wished for,” said Leila Bouazizi, sister of the Tunisian fruit seller who set himself on fire on Dec. 17, 2010.

In this undated photo, trumpet player Will Magid performs at the Showbox Sodo venue in Seattle, Washington.

‘Osmanity’: Ottoman Empire’s founder inspires a new album


Trumpet player and ethnomusicologist Will Magid is the creative force behind the musical project Balkan Bump. He has a new album out Oct. 23 called “Osmanity.”

Empty sun beds on an empty beach with blue sky

Tourism in Tunisia reopens — with precautions

The pandemic has been especially hard on Tunisia’s tourism and hospitality sectors, which were already struggling to recover from a spate of terrorist attacks in 2015.

Older women hold a cartoon graphic depicting Donald Trump and a Turkish tank.

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who “love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so.” But analysts disagree.

Alfred Brownell

This Liberian lawyer risked his life to save West Africa’s last remaining rainforest from palm oil developers

Conflict & Justice

When a palm oil development project tried to cut down the last major swath of tropical rainforest in Liberia, lawyer Alfred Brownell jumped into action — and almost lost his life.