Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Whose idea was that?
Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi Arabia
The harder they fall?
Politics and the humanitarian situation in Gaza
"War is always possible here"
Interview with Farid Bitar
″I must either be the voice of sanity or justice″

Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

With his official recognition of Jerusalem, the U.S. President is not acting in the interests of Jews in his country, but solely with the "blessing" of the Christian fundamentalists who long for the end-time battle, the apocalyptical Armageddon, says Armin Langer in his commentaryRead more

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi Arabia

The most recent wave of arrests in Saudi Arabia would seem to have been motivated by a desire to tackle corruption. Look more closely, however, and it is clear that this move was planned for a long time and is just one of many steps Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is taking to edge closer to the throne. Tobias Zumbragel analyses recent developmentsRead more

Politics and the humanitarian situation in Gaza

Is the cautious rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah now under threat following U.S. President Trump’s announcement that Washington will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem? Elisa Rheinheimer-Chabbi spoke to Matthias Schmale, Head of the UN refugee agency for Palestinians in Gaza

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Interview with Palestinian poet and artist Farid Bitar

Palestinian artist and poet Farid Bitar's work was recently included in Smokestack Books' "A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry", edited by Naomi Foyle. One of the 60 people allowed to enter the Gaza strip for a few hours during the Gaza Freedom March in 2009, Bitar talks to Valentina Viene about his activism and his art Read more

Politics

Panorama of Jerusalem (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Whose idea was that?

Supporters of a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah demonstrate in Gaza (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Politics and the humanitarian situation in Gaza

"War is always possible here"

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud (right) (photo: picture-alliance/abaca/B. Press)

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi Arabia

The harder they fall?

Yemen′s former long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh (photo: Reuters)

Death of Yemeni ex-dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh

Caught in no-man's land

Society

Theologian Karl-Josef Kuschel (source: YouTube)

Non-fiction: Karl-Josef Kuschel′s ″Christmas and the Qu′ran″

When love comes down

Mauritanian human rights activist Biram Dah Abeid (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Interview with Mauritanian human rights activist Biram Dah Abeid

"Time to end Arab racism"

Supporters of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) demonstrate against Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, accused of blasphemy, November 2016 (photo: Reuters)

Islam in Indonesia

The agents of change

Students protest in front of Azhar University in Cairo on 27.12.2012 (photo: Reuters)

Debating secularism and religion in the Islamic world

No threat to faith

Culture

Palestinian artist and poet Farid Bitar and "Blade of Grass" editor Naomi Foyle (photo: Naomi Foyle)

Interview with Palestinian poet and artist Farid Bitar

″I must either be the voice of sanity or justice″

Oboist accompanies dancing children and teenagers in a school on the Greek island of Chios (photo: Stamatis Menis)

Music festival on the Greek island of Chios

Opportunities for reflection

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Book review: Dorit Rabinyan′s "All the Rivers"

Star-crossed lovers