Left- and right-wing Assad apologists
Disenchantment with the West?
Averroes' Enlightenment legacy
An intellectual earthquake
Pankaj Mishra's "Age of Anger"
The embittered majority
Chios Music Festival
Opportunities for reflection

The left-wing/right-wing alliance of Assad apologists

Why do left- and right-wingers in Germany defend Assad′s tyranny? Gunther Orth has some answersRead more

Averroes' Enlightenment legacy

Koert Debeuf, director of The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy posits that it is high time the West revised the exclusionary narrative of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and restored the historical truth to its rightful place Read more

Non-fiction: Pankaj Mishra's "Age of Anger"

In his book "Age of Anger: the history of the present" the Indian author Pankaj Mishra sees global distortions as the result of a birth defect in European modernity. Stefan Weidner read the bookRead more

Music festival on the Greek island of Chios

An inspirational idea from a violinist and a composer has led to the establishment of a new music festival on the Greek island of Chios. Their idea is to help build bridges between refugees and islanders – and maybe make the hard winter a little easier to bear. By Astrid KaminskiRead more

Politics

Panorama of Jerusalem (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Whose idea was that?

Supporters of a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah demonstrate in Gaza (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Politics and the humanitarian situation in Gaza

"War is always possible here"

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud (right) (photo: picture-alliance/abaca/B. Press)

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi Arabia

The harder they fall?

Society

Monument of the Muslim philosopher Averroes (photo: Manolo Blanco; source: Flickr)

Averroes' Enlightenment legacy

An intellectual earthquake

Theologian Karl-Josef Kuschel (source: YouTube)

Non-fiction: Karl-Josef Kuschel′s ″Christmas and the Qu′ran″

When love comes down

Mauritanian human rights activist Biram Dah Abeid (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Interview with Mauritanian human rights activist Biram Dah Abeid

"Time to end Arab racism"

Culture

Palestinian artist and poet Farid Bitar and "Blade of Grass" editor Naomi Foyle (photo: Naomi Foyle)

Interview with Palestinian poet and artist Farid Bitar

″I must either be the voice of sanity or justice″

Oboist accompanies dancing children and teenagers in a school on the Greek island of Chios (photo: Stamatis Menis)

Music festival on the Greek island of Chios

Opportunities for reflection

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Book review: Dorit Rabinyan′s "All the Rivers"

Star-crossed lovers