Rap Is Banned in Iran, But the Underground Scene Is Flourishing
"We have so many forbidden things in Iran, but does that prevent us from doing them? If forbidden rap can tell good stories, go ahead and forbid it! The ban only means it's an opportunity."
I Made Beats for Saddam Hussein
In 2003, Nasrat Al-Bader was conscripted by the Iraqi dictator to compose war hymns. Following a series of frenzied events, he later emerged as the country’s most influential rapper-producer.
Exactly Ten Years Ago, Zidane Headbutted Materazzi in the World Cup Final
Let's celebrate with a thinkpiece.
How Football Survives on Islamic State’s Turf
Football is effectively banned in areas controlled by the Islamic State group. Nevertheless, the sport survives among defiant locals – and even some foreign jihadis.