From Basra to Baghdad
Young Iraqis rise up for a life worth living
Islamophobia and xenophobia
The West’s racism problem
Hoda Marmar of Beirutʹs Bookoholics
Truly, madly, deeply into books
The HAFʹs fruit tree nursery project
Muslim-Jewish goodwill blossoms in Morocco

From Basra to Baghdad

Major rallies against the nation's political elite have been raging in Iraq for months, so far resulting in 15 deaths and 120 injuries. Birgit Svensson reports from Basra, where the protests first flared up and quickly spread through the entire southern half of the country to BaghdadRead more

Islamophobia and xenophobia

The mob in Chemnitz had a lot in common with the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan followers and other extremists who caused mayhem a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, writes Ian BurumaRead more

Profile: Hoda Marmar, administrator of Beirutʹs Bookoholics

Hoda Marmar is the administrator of the popular bilingual "Bookoholics" group in Beirut, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and which has, in those six years, discussed 125 books in Arabic and English. By Marcia Lynx QualeyRead more

The High Atlas Foundationʹs fruit tree nursery project

Since 2012, the Moroccan Jewish community has been helping local farmers by donating land around ancient cemeteries for the planting of fruit tree nurseries. The aim: ending systemic rural poverty by transitioning from grain to crops more suited to local growing conditions. By Yossef Ben-Meir, director of the High Atlas FoundationRead more

Politics

Young people protest against the government in the southern Iraqi city of Basra (photo: AP/picture-alliance)

From Basra to Baghdad

Young Iraqis rise up for a life worth living

Art demonstrates against right-wing agitation and violence: Brandenburg artist Rainer Opolkaʹs sculpture of a bronze wolf giving the Hitler salute, positioned in front of the Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Islamophobia and xenophobia

The West’s racism problem

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton gestures as then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left) and then PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands after signing the Israeli-PLO peace accord, at the White House, in this 13 September 1993 file picture. Twenty-five years after the late Israeli and Palestinian leaders met on a sun-soaked White House lawn, hopes that their historic encounter would lead to peace have faded along with photographs of their hesitant handshake (photo: Reuters)

Interview with think tank veterans Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib

"The Oslo peace process approach is over"

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (photo: picture-alliance/Pressens Bild Scanpix AB)

Oslo I 25 years on

Israelis and Palestinians lament the deadlock

Society

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Dwight Bush, Sr., the provincial governor, Younes Elbathaoui, the president of the Moroccan Jewish Community of Marrakech-Safi, Jacky Kadoch, and president of the High Atlas Foundation, Yossef Ben-Meir distribute fruit trees to farmers and schoolchildren in 2016 (photo: High Atlas Foundation)

The High Atlas Foundationʹs fruit tree nursery project

Muslim-Jewish goodwill blossoms in Morocco

Moroccan women demonstrate against rampant youth unemployment  in front of the parliament in Rabat (photo: Asmae Boukhems)

Youth unemployment in the Arab world

MENA's generation jobless

Women's self-help project "Amal" in Marrakesh (photo: amalnonprofit.org)

Women's self-help project "Amal" in Morocco

The single mothers of Marrakesh

Extremism researcher Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck (source: YouTube)

Interview with extremism researcher Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck

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"Being part of a ʹcommunityʹ transcends everything"

Culture

Book discussions require intensive preparation, says Hoda Marmar, founder of the Beirut Bookoholics (source: Twitter; Hoda Marmar)

Profile: Hoda Marmar, administrator of Beirutʹs Bookoholics

Truly, madly, deeply into books

"Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan" CD cover and booklet (released by Ostinato Records)

Album review: "Two Niles to Sing a Melody"

The strings and synths of Sudan

Iraqi youth and elders browse a book display at a festival titled "I am Iraqi.. I read" at a park in Mosul on Saturday in the first event of its kind after the city was retaken from IS militants (source: Rudaw English; Twitter)

Iraq post-IS

Mosulʹs cultural comeback

Amine Ennaji in a still from "Kilikis, Town of Owls" (written and directed by Alaoui Lamharzi Azlarabe)

Film review: "Kilikis, the town of owls"

The power of reflected suffering