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Beyond the Headlines podcast: Reasons for cheer from an often dour year

In this week's podcast, journalists from The National recall stories that left them feeling hopeful for the future of the Middle East

Heidi Levine / The National
Heidi Levine / The National

The Middle East is not known for its good news, and 2018 was no exception. But in between the usual stories of war and political turmoil, The National's journalists found reasons for hope. We shine a light on the reasons for optimism in this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines.

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In Iraq, date farmers work toward a future where their country is a business hub. In the West Bank, Palestinians find inspiration in art and culture. In the UAE, cultures merge to celebrate music and heritage. These stories helped remind us that plenty of reason to celebrate, however dour the headlines might seem.

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Updated: December 25, 2018 09:49 AM

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