Syria and Iraq
Islamic State seeks to profit from coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19
Syriaʹs crisis within a crisis – coronavirus could hit hard
COVID-19
Corona proactivity in Tunisia, trivialisation in Egypt
Business in the Middle East
Jordanʹs digital start-ups – innovation in Silicon Wadi

Syria and Iraq

From advisories against travel to calls for a new jihad, Islamic State sees the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to exploit. The militants, however, are no more immune to the virus than anyone else. By Lewis Sanders IV & Tom AllinsonRead more

COVID-19 in North Africa

Healthcare systems in Tunisia and Egypt are in a catastrophic state. The governmental response to the crisis in both nations could not be more different. Sofian Philip Naceur reports from TunisRead more

Business in the Middle East

Young people in Jordan are increasingly turning to digital start-ups to improve their prospects, rather than relying on the countryʹs rigid labour market. Claudia Mende reportsRead more

Politics

Inmates sit in a prison for IS militants in Hassakeh, Syria (photo: picture-alliance/ZUMAPRESS/C. Guzy)

Syria and Iraq

Islamic State seeks to profit from coronavirus pandemic

Effects of the coronavirus in Cairo, Egypt (photo: picture-alliance)

COVID-19 in North Africa

Corona proactivity in Tunisia, trivialisation in Egypt

Armed service personnel patrol the streets of Baghdad, ensuring people adhere to the curfew issued by the Iraqi government (photo: dpa)

COVID-19 in Iraq

Working under the coronavirus curfew in Baghdad

Society

Image symbolising the struggle for press freedom in Turkey (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Freedom of the press

Turkey's Pelican group – Erdoganʹs state within a state?

Disinfecting a market in Damascus Old Town (photo: AFP/L. Beshara)

Pandemic update

COVID-19 across the Islamic world – Fighting shy of coronavirus

Muslims attend Friday prayers in the Indian city of Ahmadabad (photo: AP/picture-alliance)

COVID-19 pandemic

The world’s religions and coronavirus

Culture

Still from Haifaa Al-Mansourʹs ʺThe Perfect Candidateʺ (source: Neue Visionen Filmverleih)

Haifaa Al-Mansourʹs ʺThe Perfect Candidateʺ

When the patriarchy has better things to do

The members of Masaa (source: masaa-music,de)

"Masaa"

A fence turns to water

Director Karim Ainouz with the film's female protagonist Nardjes Asli (source: Berlinale 2020)

International Women’s Day

Ainouz' "Nardjes A." – hope as a form of resistance