Aleppo soap
Balsam from a war zone
Closure of NGOs in Turkey
Forced to down tools
Resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict
Expect nothing from Trump
The achievements of Erdogan
With me or against me

Aleppo soap

Although the mere mention of the city of Aleppo conjures up images of war and destruction, Aleppo soap is flying off the shelves in Germany's organic shops and supermarkets. But how does this popular product get from war-torn Syria to Germany? And is it really made in Aleppo? By Mey DudinRead more

Closure of NGOs in Turkey

Civil society in Turkey has practically ground to a halt in Turkey since the state of emergency was declared last year. The work of many NGOs has been discontinued seemingly overnight. Many still don't even know why. Ceyda Nurtsch spoke to some of their representativesRead more

Resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict

While the US continues to turn a blind eye to settlement expansion, the international community and the EU in particular are left with the responsibility of ensuring that everyday life in the Palestinian enclaves does not collapse. Time for a rethink, argue policy analysts Sam Bahour and Mousa JiryisRead more

The achievements of Erdogan

The Turkish president is adept at cultivating his own public image. Speaking of national unity, he mobilises supporters and denounces opponents. National unity, however, vanished long ago. Erdogan’s divisiveness is exacerbating the country′s problems. Commentary by Timur TincRead more

Politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump during a joint news conference at the White House on 15 February 2017 (photo: Reuters/K. Lamarque)

Resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict

Expect nothing from Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Reuters/Turkey Presidential Palace)

The achievements of Erdogan

With me or against me

Protesters on Talaat Harb Sqaure in Cairo demonstrate against Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Young people and protests in the Arab world

So shall you reap

Chocolate squares bearing the likeness of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in a confectionery shop in Cairo (photo: Getty Images)

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi′s ascendancy

Sweetness and light?

Society

Stacks of Aleppo soap in a factory in Aleppo′s Old Town (photo: Reuters)

Aleppo soap

Balsam from a war zone

NGO employees protest against the constitutional changes passed by the Turkish parliament in January 2017 (photo: Reuters/U. Bektas)

Closure of NGOs in Turkey

Forced to down tools

Saudi women waiting to be picked up by their drivers (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Nureldine)

Saudi health reforms and women′s rights

Still a sore point

Arabic cultural cafe Naqsh (photo: Hakim Khatib/MPC Journal)

″Naqsh″ – the Arabic cultural cafe

Amman's bridge builders

Culture

Syrian artist Hamid Sulaiman (Getty Images/AFP/P. Lopez)

Syrian author Hamid Sulaiman

″The hospital is the true hero″

″Street Punk! Banda Aceh″ (source: mariabakkalapulo.com)

″Street Punk! Banda Aceh″ – a film documentary

Stage-diving from Mecca′s verandah

Libyan writer Hisham Matar (photo: AP)

Book review: Hisham Matar′s ″The Return″

A painful void

Film scene from ″Istiyad Ashbah | Ghost Hunting″ (source: Berlinale)

Raed Andoni's "Ghost Hunting" at the Berlinale

The ghosts that lurk