Leigh Cuen


Tel Aviv, Israel

Leigh Cuen

Freelance journalist living in Tel Aviv, Israel



The two faces of a street artist

Vandals or socially conscious, anonymous or claiming celebrity – the duality of the street artist community in Israel is always evolving. Israel’s street art scene is riddled with duality. It is a world of unknown celebrities and illegal art that is celebrated by embassies, municipalities and museums.
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Palestinian women visit Tel Aviv to promote peace

Parent’s Circle Family Forum enables Israelis, Palestinians to participate in exchange visit program, joint projects; events encourage reconciliation in midst of harsh reality. Official peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians have reportedly reached a dead end, while robust grassroots efforts continue to flourish.

A 'new poetry' emerges from Syria's civil war

More literal and visceral, Syrian poetry is being spread on social media and chanted in the streets.

Hummus with a side of harmony in Israel

Acre, Israel – Out of dozens of popular restaurants in the Old City, Hendy Sohela of Sohel Hummus is the sole woman running her own business. The restaurant’s walls are decorated with Qur’anic verses, images of the Dome of the Rock and a mounted TV screen, which broadcasts footage from the Islamic holy sites in Mecca.

Garden Library: Creativity and Conversation Transform Stigmatized Neighborhood

“The Garden Library is like our mother,” says Sudanese asylum seeker Najmeldien (Nadeem) Ahmed. “It felt like my life in Israel started when I found the library.”. The Garden Library is a nonprofit initiative founded by Israelis in 2009. It started with two bookcases in the center of Levinsky Garden, a public park in one of Tel Aviv’s poorest neighborhoods, now home to many African asylum seekers.
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النزاع الفلسطيني الاسرائيلي يتجنب الوساطة النسائية

صدر قرار للأمم المتحدة منذ أكثر من عشر سنوات يطلب مشاركة المرأة في حل النزاع. ولكنّ هذا القرار ليس له تأثير كبير على النزاع الفلسطيني – الاسرائيلي حيث تبقى المرأة بعيدة عن لعب أدوار في السلطة من الجانبين. تل ابيب، اسرائيل ( أخبار المرأة) – انتقدت الهيئة المستقلة لحقوق الإنسان مؤخراً شرطة حماس لتفريق مظاهرة للنساء باستخدام القوة أثناء التظاهر سلمياً أمام المجلس التشريعي الفلسطيني في مدينة غزة في 6 نوفمبر.
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Keeping Hope Alive in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi

Her nicknames range from “Mama Hawa” to “Mother Theresa meets Rambo.” When the Somalian government collapsed in 1991, Dr. Hawa Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on her family farm 20 miles south of Mogadishu. As war ravaged the country, Abdi’s clinic grew into a 400-bed hospital and her farm became home to thousands of refugees.
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Afghan Women’s Powerful Poetry – Even Amidst War

Despite constant dangers, Afghan women’s poetry continues to flourish. One outlet for women’s poetry is Mirman Baheer, Afghanistan’s largest literary society for women. Mirman Baheer operates in Kabul with over 100 members. Its members are generally educated and employed; they are professors, parliamentarians, journalists and scholars.
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Poet takes revolution from Facebook to the world

“The Internet is the only way that I have to connect to my people and my family now,” says poet Maram Al-Masri.
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Ethiopian-Israeli Women Make Waves

After decades of Ethiopian immigration to Israel, several black women now hold significant government posts and Israel recently crowned an Ethiopian as its national beauty queen. But hardship persists for women in these communities.
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Hungry Like the Wolf

My father used to tell me stories about nights he spent in the mountains, living off the land and eating insects. As a child, I would reply to those tales by wrinkling my nose and exclaiming, "Ewww!" The desire to eat wild things seemed so distant from my urban California life.
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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Shuns Female Brokers | Womens eNews

By Leigh Cuen WeNews correspondent A U.N. resolution passed over 10 years ago requires women's involvement in conflict resolutions. But that has little bearing on the Israel-Palestine conflict, where women are far from the power roles on either side. Credit: Jonathon Colman/jcolman on Flickr, under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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Leigh Cuen

International journalist dedicated to maintaining high standards in writing, researching, media production and editing. My work has been published in French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, English and Arabic.

News and feature writer, with a specialty in politics, arts and culture stories, developmental editing, copy editing (Associated Press), blogging and social media.

Published by Al Jazeera English, Salon.com, The Jerusalem Post, Ynet (Yedioth Ahronoth), San Francisco Public Press, World Literature Today and many more, including the 2012 issue of War, Literature and the Arts.




  • Investigative Reporting
  • Book Reviews
  • Music Reviews
  • Feature Writing
  • News Reporting
  • Op-Ed Writing
  • Blogging
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Investigative Research
  • Photo Editing