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An Agency Helped Create This Incredible Music Video Celebrating Feminism in the Modern Arab World

Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila's vision of the Middle East today is an amalgam of varied and sometimes contradictory influences, from the historical to the political. "Worms sculpt my body now/ The earth cradles my skin/ Why'd you sell me to the Romans?" So sings lead vocalist Hamed Sinno in his group's latest single...
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Jordan has lifted a ban on the Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila, aka Leila’s Project, after the action made international headlines. The band’s lead singer Hamed Sinno, is gay and an activist for LGBT rights in the middle east. Unf...

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