MENA region and renewables
Solar energy – a golden opportunity
Iran's corruptocracy
Why the Abadan building collapse matters
Vladmir Putin’s war in Ukraine
Why the public support in the Arab world?
Cem Kaya on Turkish pop culture
As multi-faceted as Asia Minor

MENA region and renewables

The war in Ukraine is likely to change the energy market in the Middle East and North Africa – in favour of solar energy. While the region is still punching way below its potential, some countries are making progress. By Kerstin Knipp and Cathrin SchaerRead more

The collapse of a 10-storey shopping centre after shoddy construction reveals decades of corruption and mismanagement.

Iran's corruptocracy

Days of protests across Iran followed the collapse of a high-rise building in the city of Abadan in May 2022. But why has the disaster become such a political issue? Rahman Bouzari and Ali Fathollah-Nejad reportRead more

The Russian war in Ukraine has provoked a debate among Arab populations. Although many Arabs intuitively empathise with the Ukrainian people, social media reveals significant support for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Vladmir Putin’s war in Ukraine

Although many Arabs express sympathy for the Ukrainian people, social media reveals a current of support for Russian President Vladimir Putin that is rooted in polarisation, writes Amr SalahRead more

. In his latest work "Liebe, D-Mark und Tod" (Love, D-Mark and Death), film director Cem Kaya turns his attentions to the musical culture of Turkish migrants in Germany.

Cem Kaya on Turkish pop culture

Known for his documentary films about Turkish pop culture, German-born director Cem Kaya's latest work "Liebe, D-Mark und Tod" (Love, Deutschmarks and Death) focuses on the musical culture of Turkish migrants in Germany. He talks to Schayan Riaz about his creative processes, German-Turkish relations and of course, about the musicRead more

Politics

Collapse of a high-rise building in Abadan (photo: Hossein Abdollah Asl/picture-alliance)

Iran's corruptocracy

Why the Abadan building collapse matters

A convoy transporting humnanitarian aid passes the Bab al-Hawa border crossing from Turkey into Syria (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Syria and Ukraine

Humanitarian aid is Russia's political football

Poster marking Vladimir Putin's state visit to Egypt to meet with Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (photo: Reuters/file)

Vladmir Putin’s war in Ukraine

Why the public support in the Arab world?

Gas production plant in Algeria (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/R.Kramm)

Algeria‘s gas reserves

Is defending the environment terrorism?

Society

View of part of the solar plant in Ouarzazate (photo: Abdelalil Bounhar/AP/picture-alliance)

MENA region and renewables

Solar energy – a golden opportunity

 From the 13th century, Egyptian artisans made the kiswa, the giant black cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque (photo: Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Hajj pilgrimage

Egypt family keeps alive kiswah tradition

People ride during a sandstorm in the town of Khalis in Iraq's Diyala province on 3 July (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

Climate change in Middle East

Weathering sandstorms, Iraqis grit their teeth

The family of murdered student Naira Ashraf at the trial of alleged killer Mohamed Adel (photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP)

Femicide in Egypt

"If you say no, you'll be in trouble"

Culture

Screenshot of German-born director Cem Kaya (source: BR)

Cem Kaya on Turkish pop culture

As multi-faceted as Asia Minor

Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali (photo: KEYSTONE/picture-alliance)

Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali

Tackling the tornado of history

A woman holds up an Israel flag while the painting by Indonesian artist Taring is mounted (photo: Sven Pförtner/dpa/picture-alliance)

Anti-Semitism at documenta15

"The documenta is in ruins"

Film poster "The Lady of Heaven" (source: imdb.com)

Cancelling "The Lady of Heaven"

Why the fuss over the Prophet's daughter?