U.S.-Iranian tension
Iranʹs wartime commander
Women's rights in the Middle East
Feminists in Tunisia claim civic space
Trumpʹs challenge
Taking on Tehran
Rabih Abou-Khalilʹs "The Flood and the Fate...
Crisp chamber music

U.S.-Iranian tension

Once mocked as the "commander of the gossips" because he spread crazy ideas about the West in TV talk shows, Hossein Salami is now the new head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. The appointment of this – at least verbally – radical man took place shortly after Trump declared the corps a terrorist organisation. By Ali SadrzadehRead more

Women's rights in the Middle East

In 2011, the Tunisian people overthrew their authoritarian regime after decades of oppression. The fact that women were at the forefront of this movement was soon noticed by the international community, challenging the widespread preconception of a region devoid of womenʹs activism. By Aya ChebbiRead more

Trumpʹs challenge

Forty years after the revolution that ousted the Shah, Iran’s unique political-religious system and government appears strong enough to withstand U.S. pressure and to ride out the country's current economic difficulties. So how should the U.S. minimise the risks to the region posed by the regime? By Richard N. HaassRead more

Rabih Abou-Khalilʹs "The Flood and the Fate of the Fish"

After a seven year break, Rabih Abou-Khalil, a pioneer in Oriental jazz, has released a new album entitled "The Flood and the Fate of the Fish". Stefan Franzen met the musician on the Cote d'AzurRead more

Politics

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Florida on 8 May 2019 (photo: AFP/B. Smialowski)

Trumpʹs challenge

Taking on Tehran

General Hossein Salami, Supreme Commander of Iranʹs Revolutionary Guard Corps (photo: Tasnim)

U.S.-Iranian tension

Iranʹs wartime commander

French President Emmanuel Macron gives a speech on 25.04.2019 in Paris (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Franceʹs new Mediterranean initiative

A G10 summit marked by pragmatism

CHP campaign event in the run-up to the Istanbul mayoral elections (photo: Mariam Brehmer)

Mayoral election re-run in Turkey

Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan

Society

Protest in Tunis in spring 2012 against the conservative Islamic Ennahda party (photo: Aya Chebbi)

Women's rights in the Middle East

Feminists in Tunisia claim civic space

Slogans relating to the Atheist Moroccan Republic (source: YouTube screenshot)

Atheism in the Arab world

Moroccoʹs atheists find a home on the Internet

Journalist and author Ferda Ataman (photo: private)

Non-fiction: Ferda Atamanʹs "Iʹm from here. Stop asking!"

Less strident, more empathetic, please!

Culture

Musician Rabih Abou-Khalil (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Rabih Abou-Khalilʹs "The Flood and the Fate of the Fish"

Crisp chamber music

Translator Elisabeth Jaquette (left) and Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun (photos: private)

Interview with Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun and translator Elisabeth Jaquette

For the sheer pleasure of reading

The new Aladdin film starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad (source: YouTube; film trailer)

Hollywoodʹs flirtation with 1001 Nights

The Aladdin controversy

Berlinʹs Binooki publishers Inci Burhaniye (left) and Selma Wels in 2012 (photo: Barbara Dietl)

Berlinʹs Binooki publishing house

Cultural rapprochement hamstrung by Erdogan