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<em>Baksheesh</em> . . . or Bribery?

Mar 3, 2008
One of my first encounters with the particularities of Egyptian culture ... A driver met us at the airport. When he brought his car from the...

Asking for Directions

Mar 3, 2008
As far as I can tell, very few people use maps in Egypt. Point to the Ace Club in Ma’adi on a map, and you’ll get a blank stare from your cab...

On crossing the street in Cairo

Mar 3, 2008
Crossing the street in Cairo is an act of pure faith. An estimated 3 million cars clog the streets, and there are no traffic laws to speak of. ...

No place for a woman

Mar 3, 2008
"No, I can't take you there," Yusra, my Iraqi translator told me. "It's not acceptable." I wanted to go to one of the coffeeshops in Amman's...

Naming conventions

Mar 3, 2008
When I was traveling in Jordan, I didn't always tell people where I was really from. But when I did, it inevitably seemed like they had relatives...

Tea

by Meaw
Mar 3, 2008
An observation about doing radio interviews in Egypt: They’re constantly interrupted by the call to prayer . . . and the delivery of tea. Thereâ...

It's just exhaust--ing

by Meaw
Mar 3, 2008
Cairo is such a bittersweet city. When the call to prayer echoes through the city five times a day, it's like a siren's song. You have to stop...

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Family faces bleak future together

Mar 3, 2008
Some 750,000 Iraqis have taken refuge in Jordan. Marketplace's Alisa Roth spent time with one family that's happy to be safe, living in Amman, but unsure of what lies in store for them. (First in a series)

Can Cairo afford globalization?

Mar 3, 2008
Egypt's capital is severely overcrowded and its economy seriously lags other Middle East urban centers. Diane Singerman, co-editor of "Cairo Cosmopolitan," talks with Scott Jagow about the ancient city's struggle with growth and modernity.

The cost of the Iraq war

Mar 3, 2008
How much is the Iraq war costing? The U.S. government predicted $60 billion in 2003. But the authors of a new book say it's now $3 trillion. Host Scott Jagow asked Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes about their calculation.