Afghanistan’s academics under fire
Must young Afghans be willing to die for an education?
Omid Nouripour
Taking a stand against the "overemphasis of difference"
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
Afghanistan following the attacks on educational institutions: Afghan police guard an entrance to Kabul University

Afghanistan’s academics under fire

The latest attack on Kabul University left staff and students feeling desperate and vulnerable. An international letter of solidarity aims to express support for the academic community, who continue to instruct and study under conditions of war, violence and insecurity. By Marian BrehmerRead more

Spotlight on bridge-builders: Omid Nouripour

Omid Nouripour fled Iran for Germany with his family at the age of 13. Today, he is foreign policy spokesman for Germany’s Green Party. He argues that societal differences should be seen as potential and vehicles for peace in foreign policymaking. Profile by Ceyda Nurtsch for Qantara.deRead 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

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

Afghan police guard an entrance to the university in Kabul (photo: Rahmat Gul/picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Afghanistan’s academics under fire

Must young Afghans be willing to die for an education?

Omid Nouripour, foreign policy spokesman for Germany's Green Party (photo: Getty Images/S. Gallup)

Spotlight on bridge-builders: Omid Nouripour

Taking a stand against the "overemphasis of difference"

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

Culture

Kurdish singer Aynur Dogan performing live on stage in Cologne, Germany, June 2014 (photo: Raimond Spekking/ CC BY-Sa 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons))

Album review: Aynur Dogan’s "Hedur"

Finding solace in the sounds of home

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