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Caricatures of Lebanese politicians (including Saad Hariri, Samir Geagea, Walid Jumblatt, President Michel Sulaiman) celebrating New Year and looking ahead to an explosive 2014 (photo: Facebook Ad-Dabbour Magazine/Eliot)

The Lebanese satirical magazine "Ad-Dabbour"

Hornets' nest in Beirut

The satirical magazine ''Ad-Dabbour'' (the hornet) is one of the oldest magazines in Beirut. Björn Zimprich spoke to Joseph Moukarzel, editor-in-chief of the magazine, about the purpose of satire, freedom of expression in the Arab world and the caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in western magazines in recent yearsMore

In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 photo, a Jordanian soldier helps Syrian refugees who have fled violence in their country after having crossed the border into Jordanian territory with their families near the town of Ramtha, Jordan, September 15, 2012 (photo: Raad Adayleh/AP)

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

The Heavy Burden of the Open Borders Policy

The crisis of the Syrian refugees is growing day by day in neighbouring Lebanon. State institutions are neither able nor willing to deal with the situation. Bjorn Zimprich talked to Guita Hourani, Director of the Lebanese Emigration and Research Center, about the plight of the refugees and the social problems the refugee crisis is creating for LebanonMore

The anchor woman, Judith Rakers, presenting the German news bulletin, ''Tagesschau'' (photo: dpa/Sebastian Widmann)

Book Review: ''News - The Televised Revolution''

Mouths Issuing Silent Screams

The work of artist Monika Huber is a critical appraisal of how the media reported on the Arab Spring. Some of her pieces now appear in a book published in cooperation with the Middle East reporter Susanne Fischer. A review by Björn ZimprichMore

Aleppos' historic bazar up in flames (photo: AP)

Destruction of Historic Sites

Syria Is Losing Its History

The civil war in Syria is not only causing human suffering, it is also endangering the nation's historic legacy. Most recently, extensive damage was inflicted on Aleppo's ancient bazaar. Björn Zimprich discusses the consequences of this destruction with Stefan Knost, who took part in historic excavations in Aleppo several years agoMore

Andreas Jacobs (photo: dpa)

Interview with Andreas Jacobs

Egypt in the Grip of the Generals

Even under the newly-elected President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's old regime remains highly influential and will likely control the Nile nation in future, says Andreas Jacobs, who led the Cairo office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation until late May. Björn Zimprich spoke to himMore