Book review: "What Makes a Man?"
An honest and painful cultural exchange
The economic impact of the Syrian war
Escaping the Middle East's violence trap
Preventing terrorism in Lebanon
Dialogue behind bars
Saudi Arabia's nuclear plans and Iran
Is a nuclear arms race looming in the Gulf?

Book review: "What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin"

In 2003, two authors – one from Germany, one from Lebanon – spent time in each other's company and countries as part of a cultural exchange programme. Twelve years on, a book resulting from this encounter has been published: one section of the book details the Lebanese author's reaction to meeting a homosexual; another is devoted to the German author's rebuttal of this account. According to Nahrain Al-Mousawi, it is an unsettling read on many levelsRead more

The economic impact of the Syrian war

The Syrian civil war is having a devastating effect on the region. The economic ties that had been strengthened before the war have now been severed and border closures have impeded trade. This is even more catastrophic as economic stability is essential for long-term political stability. By Adeel Malik and Bassem AwadallahRead more

Preventing terrorism in Lebanon

The world is horrified by the brutality of "Islamic State". Two young sisters are now doing what they can to prevent young Lebanese people from joining radical Islamist groups. By doing so, they are risking their lives. Juliane Metzker reports from BeirutRead more

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

Politics

Bazaar in Damascus (photo: picture-alliance/bildagentur-online.com)

The economic impact of the Syrian war

Escaping the Middle East's violence trap

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

Society

Part of the cover of the book "What Makes a Man?: Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin" by Rashid al-Daif and Joachim Helfer (source: University of Texas Press)

Book review: "What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin"

An honest and painful cultural exchange

Maya Yamout (left) and her sister Nancy (photo: private)

Preventing terrorism in Lebanon

Dialogue behind bars

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"

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"