Interview with Bassel Salloukh
Will a new Lebanon arise from the ashes of Beirut?
Amman and The Teachers' Syndicate
Free speech for everybody? Not so in Jordan, apparently
Elias Khoury in interview
Beirut's ruling class – "The stupidest mafia there is"
Aziz Binebine's "Tazmamart"
We were robbed of our health, our youth and our innocence

Interview with Lebanese political scientist Bassel Salloukh

The explosions in Beirut killed more than 150 people, injured 6,000 and left 250,000 homeless. In interview with Julia Neumann, political scientist Bassel Salloukh talks about the consequences of this tragedy, the worsening political crisis – and the nature of political reality in Lebanon as the government slowly unravelsRead more

Amman and The Teachers' Syndicate

In recent weeks, Jordan's social media has been awash with photos and videos of demonstrators gathering in cities all over the country, chanting "Long live the teacher" and "we will not be silenced". Mainstream media coverage, however, has been noticeably lacking. By Marta VidalRead more

Lebanese author Elias Khoury in interview

Fifty percent of Lebanese already live below the poverty line – and there is no end in sight. In interview with Lena Bopp, writer Elias Khoury talks about the crisis and about the state of culture in his home countryRead more

Aziz Binebine's "Tazmamart: Eighteen years in Morocco’s secret prison"

Spring 2020 finally saw the publication of Aziz Binebine's Tazmamart memoir in English, translated by Lulu Norman. While it has now been nearly 30 years since the prisoners left their underground cells, Tazmamart remains synonymous both with hidden military prisons and with the terrors of Morocco’s Years of Lead. Marcia Lynx Qualey read the bookRead more

Politics

Protesting in Beirut, Lebanon (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Lebanese political scientist Bassel Salloukh

Will a new Lebanon arise from the ashes of Beirut?

Die Detonationen verursachten in der nahen Umgebung eine Trümmerwüste

Aftermath of the Beirut explosion

Lebanon, a state in freefall thanks to corrupt governance

Lebanese writer and critic Elias Khoury (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/B. Hussein)

Lebanese author Elias Khoury in interview

Beirut's ruling class – "The stupidest mafia there is"

"Bonaparte before the Sphinx" by Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 -1904 (source: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The West and the Middle East

Casting a long shadow – Napoleon's intervention in Egypt

Society

Teachers taking photos of the demonstration held in Amman on 29 July 2020 to protest the government decision to dissolve the teacher's syndicate and arrest its leaders (photo: Sherbel Dissi)

Amman and The Teachers' Syndicate

Free speech for everybody? Not so in Jordan, apparently

A woman stands in an empty tunnel in Amsterdam wearing a black burka (photo: Sanne Derks)

Islam in the Netherlands

Burka ban and face mask laws frustrate Dutch Muslims

Destroyed silo following explosion in Beirut port, 04.08.2020 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/STR)

Beirut in crisis

Can things get any worse for the people of Lebanon?

Culture

Moroccan writer Aziz Binebine, former Tazmamart inmate and brother of Mahi Binebine (source: Twitter)

Aziz Binebine's "Tazmamart: Eighteen years in Morocco’s secret prison"

We were robbed of our health, our youth and our innocence