Looking Out: Snap

All of a sudden, the rug is pulled out from underneath us. Turkey is once again headed to the ballot box in exactly two months. Erdoğan made the decision to call snap elections to get ahead of the strengthening center-right and worsening economy. What is Turkey facing? The usual numbers: Erdoğan’s party in the mid-40s, the […]

Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila shows politics can be sexy at Cambridge gig

The line outside The Sinclair on Sunday, Oct. 22 was almost unprecedented for the relatively small venue. Those in the crowd were mostly college students, and they spoke in several languages including English, Arabic, French and Turkish. Although the headliner, Mashrou’ Leila, isn’t very popular in the United States, the band has gained cult status among the Middle […]

Egypt, four years later

2015 has already been an interesting year for late-night comedy. I’m not talking about the end of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, though I will miss them. I’m talking about Jon Stewart’s lesser-known counterpart, Bassem Youssef. Originally a doctor, Youssef rose to prominence after a web series he and his friends made when the […]