If Turkey's constitution is amended on April 16, nationalism could rise—and the already imperiled queer community may bear the brunt of what follows.
The handmade bread known as aish baladi is Egyptian staple. In Cairo, its ubiquity is made possible by the network of agalati—bread carriers—who risk their safety to deliver bread to restaurants, ful carts, and street stands.
Egypt has been brewing beer for 3,000 years, but the highly religious country still has an under-the-table relationship with alcohol. Even some members of the Muslim Brotherhood buy booze on the down-low.
The largest pilgrimage of Latin America—that of Our Lady of Guadalupe—takes place in Mexico City and is one of the best displays of the country’s tortas, tacos, gorditas, carnitas, tamales, atole, and pozole.
Inside his bar, just before the muezzin’s call for the noon prayer, Umit Dai made himself a fluorescent cocktail and spoke with me about his business’s imminent demise due to the rise of Turkey's conservative Islamist party.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Egyptians across the country offer free iftar meals to the underprivileged, and everyone else who wishes to join, in the form of discordant clusters of dinner...
In the last four years, the Cairo café district known as el-Borsa has been raided by the police for its role in fostering a revolution, as well as its reputation for attracting drug dealers, sex workers, and gay men. In March, it was shut down for good.
In a country with stringent gender norms, women are discouraged from playing sports and even Olympic-level female athletes are expected to retire when they become mothers.