Misagh Joolaee's "Ferne"
Expanding the horizons of the kamancheh
Elias Khoury in interview
Beirut's ruling class – "The stupidest mafia there is"
The West and the Middle East
Casting a long shadow – Napoleon's intervention in Egypt
Beirut in crisis
Can things get any worse for the people of Lebanon?

Album review: Misagh Joolaee's "Ferne"

German-Iranian Misagh Joolaee was recently recognised for widening the scope of playing the Persian spiked fiddle with the German Record Critics’ Award. Mariam Brehmer listened to his new albumRead more

Lebanese author Elias Khoury in interview

Fifty percent of Lebanese already live below the poverty line – and there is no end in sight. In interview with Lena Bopp, writer Elias Khoury talks about the crisis and about the state of culture in his home countryRead more

The West and the Middle East

Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1798 invasion of Egypt represented the first modern attempt to incorporate an Islamic society into the European fold. Although the expedition was a military fiasco, it left a lasting legacy in the region. By Alexander MikaberidzeRead more

Beirut in crisis

In Lebanon the economy is going downhill at an ever faster rate. The Lebanese are fighting the dramatic effects of the crisis with barter exchanges and joint projects. Apart from that, all they have left is black humour to endure the situation. Tom Allinson reports from BeirutRead more

Politics

Lebanese writer and critic Elias Khoury (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/B. Hussein)

Lebanese author Elias Khoury in interview

Beirut's ruling class – "The stupidest mafia there is"

"Bonaparte before the Sphinx" by Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 -1904 (source: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The West and the Middle East

Casting a long shadow – Napoleon's intervention in Egypt

Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. president Donald Trump at G20 summit in Argentina, December 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Maxppp)

Uighur repression in China

Donald Trump, the obstacle to Washington's Uighur policy

Josep Borrell (photo: Reuters/V. Kessler)

Fifth anniversary of the JCPOA

Saving the Iran nuclear deal

Society

Destroyed silo following explosion in Beirut port, 04.08.2020 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/STR)

Beirut in crisis

Can things get any worse for the people of Lebanon?

Manacles (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/B. Pedersen)

Muslim racism and imperialism

Power and exclusion

Culture

Groupe RTD (photo: Janto Djassi)

Album review: Groupe RTD's "The Dancing Devils of Djibouti"

Foot-tapping fusion