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Soldiers on camels take part in a military parade on Qatar's National Day in the capital Doha last Wednesday. The city's rapidly growing skyline is in the background. Despite its small size, Qatar has used its wealth to play an outsized role in regional affairs.

Parallels

How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'

Most of the wealthy Gulf emirates prefer to keep a low profile. Not Qatar. Over the past two decades, it has aggressively pursued high-profile projects such as launching the Al Jazeera satellite network and winning a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Egg nog.

Found Recipes

Don't Knock The Nog Until You've Tried This One

Maria del Mar Sacasa, author of Winter Cocktails, says eggnog can, and should, be done right. After playing with milk-to-booze ratios and spice combinations, she believes she has the perfect recipe for basic eggnog.

Rubab master Homayoun Sakhi and legendary Afghan singer Mahwash perform together as members of the group Voices of Afghanistan.

Music

After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek To Be Heard In America

A cross-generational group of Afghanistan's top musicians provides a living archive of the nation's cultural treasures — players who've found a new home in Fremont, Calif. They've just released a new album, headed by a phenomenal female singer named Mahwash.

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Dee Dum Negare Voices of Afghanistan 0:06

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