Electioneering in Libya
Could Muammar Gaddafi's family stage a comeback?
Taliban takeover
Afghanistan crisis looms as West cuts aid lifelines
Prostitution in the Shah's Iran
Shahr-e No – "the neighbourhood of the sorrowful"
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt
A new dawn for diplomacy in the Middle East?
The most significant scion of the Gaddafi family today is 49-year-old Saif al-Islam (seen here in 2008), the only family member who has political ambitions at the moment,

Electioneering in Libya

The children of Libya's brutal and erratic former dictator Muammar Gaddafi are becoming more popular as the country's elections, scheduled for 24 December, approach. Some fear they could benefit from an increasingly fragmented political scene. By Cathrin SchaerRead more

The model used by the World Bank and bilateral aid donors in Yemen could be applied in Afghanistan.

Taliban takeover

The world must take action now to prevent a deep and lasting humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. But what, if anything, can be done? The one billion dollars pledged by international donors is merely a short term fix, argues Rashmee Roshan LallRead more

Prostitution in the Shah's Iran

Drawing on the history of Tehran's Shahr-e No red light district, Nasrin Bassiri describes how prostitution functioned in Iran before the Islamic Revolution. The neighbourhood would end up being destroyed in August 1980, six months after Khomeini came to powerRead more

Endless conflict may mark the Middle East’s past; but it is not the region’s settled destiny.

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt

International relations are shifting across the Middle East as regional powers adapt to America's retrenchment and China's growing influence. Although the region could become the site of another great-power competition, it also has a chance to pursue diplomatic openings and new security arrangements. By Fawaz A. GergesRead more

Politics

A family arriving from Afghanistan cross into Pakistan at the 'Friendship Gate' crossing point, 7 September 2021 (photo: Saeed Ali Achakzai/Reuters/Alamy)

Taliban takeover

Afghanistan crisis looms as West cuts aid lifelines

 Refugees from Eritrea (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Egypt‘s illegal deportation practice

Eritrean refugees in Egypt: arrested, beaten, threatened

Protests against the miserable economic situation in Tunis in December 2020 (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab world

"The people aren't ready" – can Arabs do democracy?

Society

Still of an alley in the prostitutes' ghetto Shahr-e No in Tehran before 1980 (source: ROUYDAD24.IR)

Prostitution in the Shah's Iran

Shahr-e No – "the neighbourhood of the sorrowful"

General election in Germany

How will Germany's immigrants vote?

A Muslim woman prays during Eid-Ul-Fitr, 2017 (photo: Sanka Vidanagama/ZUMAPRESS/imago images)

Future-proofing Islam

Indonesia G20 presidency to focus on "the soul of Islam"

Culture

Still from the film "Captains of Zaatari" (photo: Inga Gerke)

Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival

"Captains of Zaatari" – the unshakeable power of dreams

Still from Iman K. Zawahry's "American*ish" (distributed by

Film review: Fatima & Zawahry's "American*ish"

This is America, where dreams come true... ish