Middle East conflict
Israel's endless occupation
Middle East
How cybercrime laws are used to silence dissent
Putin’s new world order
What does the war in Ukraine mean?
LGBTQ+ Pride
Being queer and Arab

Middle East conflict

Fifty-five years after Israel began occupying Palestinian lands, it is more difficult than ever to imagine a way out. The seeds of the two-state solution that were planted by visionary leaders on both sides have failed to take root. All that remains is a fatalistic acceptance of the conflict’s insolubility. Commentary by Schlomo Ben-AmiRead more

Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are among those countries increasingly misusing cybercrime legislation to silence dissent and curb freedom of speech.

Middle East

Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are among those countries increasingly misusing cybercrime legislation to silence dissent and curb freedom of speech. Could a new global cybercrime framework under UN supervision save regime critics? Jennifer Holleis reportsRead more

Putin’s new world order

Despite what heads of state may claim, the Russian attack on Ukraine is not a wake-up call for a self-confident Europe that defends its values. The war is accelerating the decline of the old continent and rousing familiar spectres from the past that never really went away. Meanwhile, the Middle East is reprising its not unfamiliar role as an under-reported fringe region. Essay by Stefan BuchenRead more

LGBTQ+ Pride

As Pride Month draws to a close, Richard Marcus delves into Saqi Books’ latest publication, "This Arab is Queer". Edited by Elias Jahshan, this anthology of essays is remarkable for its honesty in addressing what is still a dangerous and controversial subject in many of the writers’ countries of originRead more

Politics

Former Israeli foreign minister Schlomo Ben-Ami (photo: Zuma Wire/Imago)

Middle East conflict

Israel's endless occupation

File photo: the self-propelled howitzer 2000 is the Bundeswehr's most modern artillery piece (photo: Sven Eckelkamp/IMAGO)

Putin’s new world order

What does the war in Ukraine mean?

Algeria decided to sever relations with its neighbour Morocco on 24 August 2021, accusing Rabat of having "hostile tendencies" towards it (photo: picture-alliance)

Morocco and Algeria

A rivalry stretching back decades

Sri Lankan auto rickshaw drivers queue up to buy petrol near a fuel station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 April 2022 (photo: AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Which country will be next?

Lebanon and Sri Lanka share economic collapse

Society

A Saudi man smokes a cigarette and reads something on his mobile phone in Riyadh (photo: AP Images/picture-alliance)

Middle East

How cybercrime laws are used to silence dissent

Photo montage: Cover of "This Arab is Queer" (published by Saki Books; background photo: picture-alliance)

LGBTQ+ Pride

Being queer and Arab

The defendants in court in Syros on 5 May 2022 (photo: BORDERLINE EUROPE)

Europe’s contempt for refugees' human rights

Draconian punishments for boat people

Saudi women walk past a mural painting showing King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tahliya street in the capital Riyadh on 5 December 2019 (photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP)

Emancipation in the MENA region

The patriarchy is crumbling

Culture

A woman holds up an Israel flag while the painting by Indonesian artist Taring is mounted (photo: Sven Pförtner/dpa/picture-alliance)

Anti-Semitism at documenta15

"The documenta is in ruins"

Film poster "The Lady of Heaven" (source: imdb.com)

Cancelling "The Lady of Heaven"

Why the fuss over the Prophet's daughter?

Bishop Esber presides over a Greek Orthodox mass in the monastery at Izraa, in Syrian's southern Hauran province (photo: Lutz Jaekel)

Syria before the war

An exhibition to remember