Samer Saab & Unbranded Designs


  I met Samer by chance while I was having coffee with a friend at 1871, a Chicago based entrepreneurial hub for digital start ups. My friend had just bought a house and we were talking about furnishing ideas. Samer came up in conversation so we managed to do an intro...

Photo Galleries

Stunning Photos Show Eid al-Fitr Celebrations Around The World


From India to Thailand to Jerusalem, Muslims around the world marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan with food, family and festivities. Muslims all over the world gathered this week to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The holiday...

Arts & Culture

700,000 Ancient African Books Have Survived In Mali’s Timbuktu University


Not until recently did most commentators on African literary history believe that African societies had any form of writing tradition. Since the rediscovery of ancient manuscript collections, with some dating back to at least the 8th century AD, this perception has gradually lost popularity. Just about 250,000 old manuscripts from the...

First Draft

Bold Women. Scandalized Viewers. It’s ‘Sex and the City,’ Senegal Style.


  DAKAR, Senegal — In the most controversial scene of “Mistress of a Married Man,” a hugely popular new television series in Senegal, the show’s protagonist, Marème, dons a daring magenta pantsuit and heads out for a date with a married man — but not before pointing below her belt....

Women & Wellness

Asia In-Depth Podcast: Trailblazing Pakistani Cricketer Sana Mir


    Sana Mir is the former captain of Pakistan’s national women’s cricket team and is among the top female cricketers in the world. She’s also a fierce activist who uses her outsized celebrity and massive social media presence to advocate for everything from mental health awareness to an end to body shaming. ...

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