Tunisia's former President, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, died on Thursday following a long battle against cancer. Among the Tunisian people, the memory of the man who ruled the country for 23 years before being ousted in 2011, triggering the Arab Spring movement, is decidedly mixed.
The Armenian district in Beirut, previously a vibrant center of craftsmanship and culture in the country, is going through a decline due to a lack of government planning, with only a few artisans escaping the downturn.
An Iraqi engineer, Kais Jacob Ishak, leads his own mission to preserve Iraq's heritage in 3D reconstructions. The project, which began 7 years ago, attempts to recreate the country's rich historical heritage on 3D software, to be used as a learning tool for educators.
In Casablanca, the 4th Amazigh Theatrical Festival is promoting the use of the Amazigh language and cultural practices. Observers say that while this is a good way of promoting the culture, the responsible authorities in Morocco need to do more to shed light on Amazigh culture.
When ISIS controlled the city of Mosul, the citizens were banned from visiting the graves of their loved ones. After liberation, citizens are expressing their happiness in being able to carry out this ritual once again.