Deborah Amos Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

An Iraqi man holds a sign reading "Baghdad will not be Kandahar" in Arabic as he takes part in a Dec. 3 protest in Baghdad organized by poets and intellectuals against the closure of nightclubs and a ban on alcohol sales. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secularists, Islamists Clash In Iraqi Culture War

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Dean Obeidallah,an Arab-American comedian, performs at the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival last year in Amman, Jordan. Demand for American-style stand-up comedy has exploded among young Arabs in the Middle East. Mohammad Abu Ghosh/AP hide caption

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But Seriously Folks, The Arab World Is A Funny Place

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Syrian Youth Unprepared For Market-Driven Economy

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New Media Strain Government Tolerance In Syria

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Kyrgyz City Osh Rocked By Ethnic Violence

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Uzbeks Flee Ethnic Rioting In Kyrgyzstan

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New Oil Estimates Show Spill Rate Much Higher

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Boats Head To Pick Up Stranded Teen Sailor

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Suicide Bomber Strikes Afghan Wedding

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Cap 'Encouraging Step'; BP To Expand System

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Medical Plane Avoids Collision Over Haiti

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Poll: Blacks Optimistic About Their Future

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White House Plans More Economic Stimulus

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Adilla Finchaan, 50, checks her drought-stricken land in Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, in this photo taken in July 2009. Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers — something the Iraqis have blamed on upstream dams in Turkey and Syria — have left Iraq bone-dry for a second straight year. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Mideast Water Crisis Brings Misery, Uncertainty

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