You Should Be Following @everydaymiddleeast on Instagram Right Now

Rows of multicoloured wigs in an Istanbul shop window. Snowy hills seen from a ski lift. Abu Dhabi’s mint green central bus station. A 200-year old Yemeni knife. Two friends in Beirut share an umbrella; Omani shipbuilders inside a half-finished dhow; Syrian refugees under a blanket; the giant aquarium at Dubai Mall; a model walks her first fashion show in Bethlehem. A surprised cat sits under a washing line; an artist puts on lipstick in Gaza.

Yes, there are camels, but @everydaymiddleeast — a stunning Instagram account that you should be following right now — is challenging the visual representation of the Middle East with a diverse and beautiful collection of contemporary photography.

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“And It’s Scented!”: The Perfumed Credit Card You Never Knew You Needed (Because You Don’t)

Today in inexplicable news from the Middle East, Abu Dhabi-based Al Hilal bank has come up with a new gimmick to entice female customers to spend, spend, spend, in the face of a huge oil price crash and a plummeting stock market. In a move that screams out “JUST HOW MANY LEGALLY BLONDE GIFS CAN YOU FIT INTO ONE BLOG POST ABOUT THIS”, the bank (whose headquarters, totally coincidentally, you can see from my apartment) will be introducing… wait for it… a scented credit card. Scented. Read More “And It’s Scented!”: The Perfumed Credit Card You Never Knew You Needed (Because You Don’t)

Ireland’s Abortion Law Fails Yet Another Woman

It was only a matter of time.

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Abortion in Ireland – Where Are We Now?

Over a year and a half after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, has anything changed, or are women in Ireland still handed a death sentence?

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Savita’s Law and the Sorry State of Reproductive Rights in Ireland

Ten months after Savita’s death, has anything changed for women in Ireland?

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“Horrendous, Barbaric, and Inhumane”: Savita’s Death Ruled Medical Misadventure

The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar concluded in Galway last week with a verdict of medical misadventure. The day of the verdict would have been her 5th wedding anniversary. Read More “Horrendous, Barbaric, and Inhumane”: Savita’s Death Ruled Medical Misadventure

Savita’s Death: Draft Report Leaked to Newspapers

Details of one report into Savita Halappanavar’s death point to medical mistakes and legal issues.

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