Saudi Arabia's nuclear plans and Iran
Is a nuclear arms race looming in the Gulf?
Sadakat Kadri's "Heaven on Earth"
What is justice?
Yemen
The threat of a regional conflagration
Censorship in Egypt
Cairo's guardians of morality

Saudi Arabia's nuclear plans and Iran

At the recent meeting with US President Barack Obama in Camp David, Saudi Arabia threatened to make use of all the same technology granted to Iran in the emerging nuclear deal with the West. Is this the start of the long-feared nuclear arms race in the Gulf region? Or is it an attempt to force the US to take a tougher stance on Iran? By Ulrich von SchwerinRead more

Book review: Sadakat Kadri's "Heaven on Earth"

This brilliantly written book on Sharia law by the Indian-born British lawyer Sadakat Kadri has been a huge success in Britain. "Heaven on Earth" provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the history of Sharia law from its origins to the present day, as well as the difficulties faced in its application. Now that it has been published in German translation, Stefan Weidner takes a look at this successful bookRead more

The Yemen conflict

It is not clear what Saudi Arabia hopes to achieve with the war in Yemen. In any case, the ongoing airstrikes are not going to solve any problems. On the contrary: many new ones are emerging, such as the strengthening of the al-Qaida network or a dangerous confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia. By Ali SadrzadehRead more

Culture and censorship in Egypt

Sex, religion and politics are like a red rag to a bull for Egyptian censors. This is particularly worrying for the country's creative artists, who have increasingly been subjected to censorship since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi assumed power. By Elisabeth Lehmann in CairoRead more

Politics

US President Obama during a summit meeting with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David (photo: Reuters/K. Lamarque)

Saudi Arabia's nuclear plans and Iran

Is a nuclear arms race looming in the Gulf?

A building in Faj Attan, near Sanaa, destroyed in a Saudi airstrike (photo: Reuters/M. Al Sayaghi)

The Yemen conflict

The threat of a regional conflagration

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Death sentence against Mohammed Morsi

Democracy is futile

A Free Syrian Army fighter in a prison in Aleppo (photo: picture-alliance/abaca)

Political prisoners in Syria

Around-the-clock torture

Society

Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (photo: Reuters/Ahim Rani)

Book review: Sadakat Kadri's "Heaven on Earth"

What is justice?

Rohingya migrant children receive biscuits from a volunteer at the port of Julok village in Kuta Binje, Indonesia's Aceh Province, 20 May 2015 (photo: Reuters/Beawiharta)

Interview with Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

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"These are people floating around, waiting to die"

Rohingya migrant women cry on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman Sea, 14 May 2015 (photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

The Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar

Stateless people in search of a home

Over 200 illegal migrants are rescued by the Italian Guardia di Finanza boat 'Denaro' in the Mediterranean Sea, 22 April 2015 (photo: picture alliance/dpa/A. Di Meo)

Refugee crisis in the Mediterranean

New networks trafficking Syrians from Egypt to Europe

Culture

The Opera House in Cairo (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Culture and censorship in Egypt

Cairo's guardians of morality

Bassem Youssef hosting "AlBernameg" (photo: AlBernameg)

Bassem Youssef

All the world's a stage for Egyptian satire star

Amal Ibrahim al-Nusairi and Samarkand al-Jabiri at the Leipzig Book Fair 2015 (photo: Deutschlandradio/Christian Kruppa)

Women writers in Iraq

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Writing to stay alive

Mahsa Vahdat (photo: private)

The Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat

"Every place can be my stage"