Country: Bahrain

Qatari defence ministry staff members wait while Minister of Defence Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah welcomes U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis (neither pictured) for a meeting in Doha on 22 April 2017 (photo: Jonathan Ernst Pool/Getty Images)

Qatar diplomatic crisis

Playing the waiting game

Typical Shia turbans (photo: FARS)

The Sunni-Shia debate

For clarity′s sake

Demonstration poster caught on a barbed wire fence showing Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim and murdered teenager Mustafa Hamdan (photo: picture-alliance/NurPhotos/A. B. Al Kamel)

Bahrain′s slide towards military rule

Tightening the noose

The Saudi King Salman (left), British Prime Minister Theresa May (centre) and King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of Bahrain during the GCC summit on 7 December 2016 in Manama (photo: AFP)

Re-assessing Western involvement in the Middle East

Far from Utopian

Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn (photo: Martin Hunter)

Non-fiction: ″The Age of Jihad ″ by Patrick Cockburn

A catalogue of blunders

Sunnis in Fallujah protesting against the Baghdad central government on 28.12.2012 (photo: Karim Kadim/AP)

Solving the conflicts in the Middle East

Tracing the fault lines

Asian workers on a building site in Doha, Qatar (photo: picture alliance/dpa)

Gulf State economies

The expat bonus

Saudi troops on their way to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and Iran

Defeat Islamic State - or become it

Iranian demonstrators burn portraits of the Saudi royal family in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran

Video

Saudi execution sparks riots in Iran

Civilians flee Assad's bombs in Aleppo (photo: Reuters)

Chronicle of a war foretold

Redefining the "Syrian" conflict

Najwa Barakat (photo: Getty Images/AFP/M. Al-Shaikh)

Najwa Barakat on Arabic literature

Combating the desertification of Arab culture

Hend Nafea of Egypt, the focus of one of the cases highlighted in "The Trials of Spring" (photo: The Trials of Spring media room)

Interview with director Gini Reticker

"These women do not need to be saved, they need to be heard"

Mass protests at Pearl Roundabout in Manama on 4 March 2011 (photo: picture-alliance/Landov)

Research project into "spaces of participation"

Hubs of political protest

A Kurdish refugee child from the Syrian town of Kobani in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, 20 October 2014 (photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

The fight against IS

No alternative to civil and human rights in the Arab world

Ala'a Shehabi (photo: Ala'a Shehabi)

The Bahraini activist Ala'a Shehabi

David versus goliath

Anti-government protests in Ras Roman near Manama, Bahrain (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Book review: "Sectarian Gulf" by Toby Matthiesen

Sectarianism instead of revolution

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