On the death of King Abdullah
"Riyalpolitik", conservatism and modernisation
Democracy and freedom of speech
Charlie and Theo
Book review: Ramin Jahanbegloo's "Time Will Say Nothing"
"The last stop before hell"
Power struggle in Yemen
An unstable situation turns critical

On the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah, who died on 23 January aged around 90, was seen as a moderate reformer in a deeply conservative country. His death raises questions over the future of Saudi Arabia's moderate reform path. Menno Preuschaft explores how Abdullah earned his reputation as the "Reform King"Read more

Democracy and freedom of speech

In the wake of the Paris attacks, many people were quick to view the killings as a direct attack on democracy and to claim that freedom of speech is absolute. In this essay, Ian Buruma explores the principles of free speech and toleranceRead more

Book review: Ramin Jahanbegloo's "Time Will Say Nothing"

In May 2006, the leading Iranian intellectual and philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo was arrested at Tehran Airport and accused of spying and trying to undermine the government in Iran. Following an international campaign, he was released in August of the same year. After his release, he wrote a book about his experiences. By Fabrizio PetriRead more

Power struggle in Yemen

The political crisis in Yemen came to a head when Shia Houthi rebels stormed the presidential palace and surrounded the home of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi on 20 January. Two days later, the president resigned. Sherif Abdel Samad has been assessing the situation in Sanaa and Saada, where he spoke with representatives of the Houthi rebelsRead more

Politics

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died last week (photo: Reuters)

On the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

"Riyalpolitik", conservatism and modernisation

A woman wearing a French tricolour holds a 'We are Charlie' sign during a march for the victims of the "Charlie Hebdo" shootings in Paris, Liverpool, England, 11 January 2015 (photo: Reuters/Noble)

Democracy and freedom of speech

Charlie and Theo

Houthi rebels at a checkpoint in Yemen (photo: Reuters/K. Abdullah)

Power struggle in Yemen

An unstable situation turns critical

Society

Nilufer Gole (photo: picture-alliance/ZB/Esch-Kenkel)

Interview with Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole

"There is a collective will to live together"

People take part in a protest organised by Amnesty International for the immediate release of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, in front of the Saudi Embassy in The Hague, 15 January 2015 (photo: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images)

On Raif Badawi, Charlie Hebdo and non-violent Islamism

"We are all in this together, like it or not"

Prof Jorg Kudla (2nd from right) with the tri-national team of researchers at the kick-off meeting in the Palestinian city of Bait Jala, which lies between Jerusalem and Bethlehem (photo: WWU)

German–Israeli–Palestinian research co-operation

Science in the shadow of war

Culture

Iranian philosopher and professor of political science at the University of Toronto, Ramin Jahanbegloo, Cordoba, Spain, 4 February 2011 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/R. Alcaide)

Book review: Ramin Jahanbegloo's "Time Will Say Nothing"

"The last stop before hell"

Screenshot of the caricature on the front of the most recent edition of the Turkish satirical magazine "Cafcaf" bearing the statement "No, nothing has been forgiven!"

Islamic satirical magazine "Cafcaf" from Istanbul

"No, nothing has been forgiven!"

Kasse Mady Diabate (source: www.kassemadydiabatemusic.com)

Album review: "Kirike" by Kasse Mady Diabate

"Understanding is what we wish for: to live in peace"

Khalil (photo: private)

Interview with the cartoonist Khalil

"There is nothing that can justify this sort of violence"