Protests in Iran
No revolution in sight
Trump's Jerusalem decision
Walking a fine line
Presidential election in Egypt
Gearing up for re-election
Anti-Semitism debate in Germany
Time for objectivity

Protests in Iran

Forty years after the start of the Islamic Revolution, Iran is once again convulsed with protests. Many of the economic problems facing the country today resemble those in the 1970s, and the regime appears to be scarcely less repressive and ossified than it was back then. Nevertheless, the current protests are unlikely to be the beginning of a new revolution, says Ulrich von SchwerinRead more

Arab response to Trump's Jerusalem decision

A little-noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald J. Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simmering anger at Arab governments. An essay by James M. DorseyRead more

Presidential election in Egypt

Earlier this week, Egypt's National Election Authority announced that the country will go to the polls on 26–28 March to elect its president. Although Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has not yet announced that he will run, his re-election seems like a foregone conclusion. And while a number of other serious candidates intended to stand, it looks as if the field is thinning. By Bachir AmrouneRead more

Anti-Semitism debate in Germany

In the wake of Trump's Jerusalem decision, German newspapers reported on demonstrations in Berlin where protesters allegedly chanted the slogan "Death to the Jews". A piece of fake news, as it turned out. Time to apologise for the panic-mongering, says Armin LangerRead more

Politics

Khamenei supporters demonstrate their backing for the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic (photo: Reuters/Tasnim News Agency)

Protests in Iran

No revolution in sight

Protests in Tunis against President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (photo: Reuters)

Arab response to Trump's Jerusalem decision

Walking a fine line

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (photo: epa/dpa)

Presidential election in Egypt

Gearing up for re-election

A protester raises a fist in defiance in a cloud of tear gas (photo: Getty Images/AFP/STR)

Protests in Iran

The spark that turned into a wildfire

Society

Armin Langer (photo: K. Harbi)

Anti-Semitism debate in Germany

Time for objectivity

The Kremlin, Moscow (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Y. Maximov)

Moscow's cultural policy in the Middle East

Arab ambassadors for Russian interests

The "Strengthening Structures" workshop at the Goethe-Institut Cairo (photo: Roger Anis/Goethe-Institut Cairo)

Goethe-Institut education initiatives in the MENA region

Getting behind civil society

Square coins dating from the Almohad era (source: Raseef 22)

The Islamic reformer Ibn Tumart

The man who changed the course of Islamic history

Culture

Screenshot of the Schiller concert in Tehran on the website schillermusic.com

Electronic music band Schiller in Tehran

The pull of the West

Bachtyar Ali (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Unionsverlag)

Bachtyar Ali's novel "Die Stadt der weißen Musiker"

Poetry and truth

Burhan Sönmez (photo: imago/ZUMA Press)

Book review: "Istanbul Istanbul" by Burhan Sönmez

Laughing in the face of death

Aeham Ahmad playing his piano among the rubble, Syria (source: YouTube)

Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad

How music can open doors