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Alex Shams

Alex Shams is an Iranian-American writer and a PhD student of anthropology at the University of Chicago whose work focuses on gender and urbanism in the Middle East.

He previously worked as a journalist based in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Racism

Trump's 'honour crimes' order is a racist distraction

The key to protecting American women is defeating American sexism and racism, not scapegoating migrants or Muslims.

Iraq

Iraq's Turkmen mobilise for a post-ISIL future

The minority group has long been divided along sectarian lines - but recent events could bring greater unity.

Human Rights

Armenians in Palestine face uncertain future

The community is under threat, residents say, amid problems with Israeli policy and economic malaise.