U.S.-Turkey relations in 2021
Biden and Erdogan – how much carrot, how much stick?
Arrest of EIPR human rights activists in Egypt
My friend Gasser Abdel Razek, the "terrorist"
Exclusive – Germany's universal jurisdiction
The chances of indicting Syria's Assad for war crimes
Omid Nouripour
Taking a stand against the "overemphasis of difference"

U.S.-Turkey relations in 2021

Initial statements by the Biden administration indicate it will follow a carrot and stick policy towards Turkey. Ankara believes its role in negotiations on various issues could strengthen its hand when it comes to ties with the new man in the White House. Ayse Karabat reports from IstanbulRead more

Arrest of EIPR human rights activists in Egypt

In Egypt, several human rights activists working for the EIPR – Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights – were arrested recently following a meeting with EU ambassadors. One of them is Gasser Abdel Razek, a long-time friend of Middle East correspondent Karim El-Gawhary. In this highly personal report, El-Gawhary writes about his friend’s detentionRead more

Exclusive – Germany's universal jurisdiction

Investigations by German federal prosecutors into the evidence of chemical warfare in Syria are ongoing. Deutsche Welle and Der Spiegel gained exclusive access to witnesses and documents that form part of the landmark inquiry. By Lewis Sanders IV, Birgitta Schulke-Gill & Julia BayerRead more

Spotlight on bridge-builders: Omid Nouripour

Omid Nouripour fled Iran for Germany with his family at the age of 13. Today, he is foreign policy spokesman for Germany’s Green Party. He argues that societal differences should be seen as potential and vehicles for peace in foreign policymaking. Profile by Ceyda Nurtsch for Qantara.deRead more

Politics

Gasser Abdel Razek is a prominent human rights activist and director of EIPR human rights organisation in Egypt (photo: private)

Arrest of EIPR human rights activists in Egypt

My friend Gasser Abdel Razek, the "terrorist"

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak to the media after a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 (photo: picture alliance/AP Images/K. Ozer)

U.S.-Turkey relations in 2021

Biden and Erdogan – how much carrot, how much stick?

Shadows of Syrians are reflected on a giant poster showing President Bashar Assad, during a supporting rally in Damascus, Syria, Friday, 16 December 2011 (photo: AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

Exclusive – Germany's universal jurisdiction

The chances of indicting Syria's Assad for war crimes

Society

Palestinian children in Burj Barajneh, Lebanon (photo: Stephen McCloskey)

Coronavirus in the Middle East

"Pandemic of poverty" for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Afghan police guard an entrance to the university in Kabul (photo: Rahmat Gul/picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Afghanistan’s academics under fire

Must young Afghans be willing to die for an education?

Omid Nouripour, foreign policy spokesman for Germany's Green Party (photo: Getty Images/S. Gallup)

Spotlight on bridge-builders: Omid Nouripour

Taking a stand against the "overemphasis of difference"

Palestinian refugees collect aid parcels at a United Nations food distribution centre in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, January 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/Zuma/A. Amra)

Humanitarian aid in the Middle East

UN agency for Palestinian refugees faces imminent collapse

Culture

Kurdish singer Aynur Dogan performing live on stage in Cologne, Germany, June 2014 (photo: Raimond Spekking/ CC BY-Sa 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons))

Album review: Aynur Dogan’s "Hedur"

Finding solace in the sounds of home

Lebanese singer Fairuz (photo: Jospeh Eid /AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese singer Fairuz

The "grande dame" of Arab music turns 85

Sudanese author Leila Aboulela (photo: Judy Laing)

Interview with Sudanese-Egyptian writer Leila Aboulela

The challenge of identity in a non-monochrome world