Reader, I didn’t marry him

An Egyptian pharmacist’s blog, detailing her family’s frenzied attempts to find Mr Right, has been turned into a best-selling book that exposes the looming marriage crisis in the Middle East, reports Claire Soares

Here’s an Egyptian blog lifting the veil on Arab marriage traditions and reminding us that the ‘couplings’ we talk about in reference to Giddens are far from universal.

And in Somalia:

Marrying a pirate is every Somali girl’s dream. He has power, money, immunity, the weapons to defend the tribe and funds to give to the militias in civil war.