Imagining Pan-Arabism Through the Lens of ‘Arab Idol’

Watching my Jordanian host family cheer on the win of a Christian Palestinian and empathize with the tears of a Yemeni, and seeing the televised audience of different identities and origins dancing together in Lebanon made me think that perhaps Pan-Arabism is real — even if it exists, for now, in the realm of “Arab Idol.”

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Madison Bruce and Aidan Miller: Russia

“Although I do know classmates who made similar trips for the purpose of learning the Russian language, I spent the majority of my time there teaching English instead. Choosing to experience Russia as a teacher as opposed to being a student was a choice that made my time abroad truly unique,” writes Aidan Miller.

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Emily O’Connor: Morocco and Senegal

In markets (a major part of these countries’ economies), animal feces is left next to food stands, produce sellers leave their produce uncovered with hundreds (seriously, hundreds) of flies circling and swarming the fruits and vegetables, and street snacks are served from communal platters without gloves, hand-washing stations, or a stigma against double-dipping.

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