Lebanese singer Fairuz
The "grande dame" of Arab music turns 85
U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world
Joe Biden and the Middle East – bid farewell to Trumpism
Human rights repression under Sisi
Egypt activists' meeting with diplomats oversteps the mark
Humanitarian aid in the Middle East
UN agency for Palestinian refugees faces imminent collapse
Musical icon between Orient and Occident: Fairuz conquered the stages of the world - in Cairo, Rabat and Amman as well as in New York, London, Paris and Athens. She is said to have recorded more than 1500 songs and released over 80 albums. She has starred in at least 20 musicals

Lebanese singer Fairuz

Revered as "Mother of the Lebanese Nation" and "Harp of the Orient", Fairuz is a legend all over the Arab World. Now she is celebrating her 85th birthday. By Suzanne CordsRead more

Picking up the pieces after George W. Bush's "War on Terror": with U.S. reserves of soft power exhausted, President Obama prioritised the need to replenish them. The new administration – seen here in the person of former vice president and 2020 President-elect Joe Biden – went to great lengths to demonstrate that Washington was now keener to listen than to lecture

U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world

Recognising the shifting geopolitical priorities facing America and the Arab states, analyst Marwan Muasher cites three areas in which U.S. President-incumbent Joe Biden's Middle East policy is likely to differ from that of his predecessor Donald TrumpRead more

Human rights repression under Sisi

Last week Egypt's police stepped up an "unprecedented escalation" on activists by arresting a leading rights group director. Advocates on the Nile have long weathered a crackdown – what's new is detaining them for meeting foreign diplomats. Tom Allinson reportsRead more

Humanitarian aid in the Middle East

Financial woes had been part and parcel of UNRWA's work for years. In 2018, however, President Donald Trump dealt the organisation a deadly blow, deferring payment of U.S. yearly contributions of more than $300 million. Now the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees is facing insolvency. Financial aid for millions of refugees is at risk. By Kersten KnippRead more

Politics

Joe Biden and Palastinian President Mahmoud Abbas (photo: Debbie Hill/AP Photo/picture alliance)

U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world

Joe Biden and the Middle East – bid farewell to Trumpism

Following the explosion in August: Ayoub Jouni on the roof of his house in Beirut (photo: Andrea Backhaus)

Lebanon after the explosion

Beirut's aftermath – shattering as 15 years of civil war

A demonstrator displays her opinion outside the courthouse on the first day of the constitutional challenge to Bill 21, which bans public workers in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols, before the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal on 2 November 2020 (photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Canada and the problem with Bill 21

Quebec's controversial secularism law takes the stand

Society

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

Germany's Open Mosque Day: here in Cologne (photo: Henning Kaiser/dpa/picture-alliance)

Radicalisation debate

The exclusion of European Muslims nurtures Islamists

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an online conference on 10 September 2020 (photo: Manish Kumar)

India, a crumbling democracy

Narendra Modi's vendetta against free-thinking academics

Culture

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

Still from the documentary "‘Til Kingdom Come" (photo: NDR/Met Film Sales/Abraham (Abie) Troen)

Maya Zinshtein's documentary "'Til Kingdom Come"

How America's Evangelicals are shaping the Middle East