Politics

Coronavirus graffiti in Gaza (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Ajjour)

COVID-19 in the Middle East

It's high summer and coronavirus has never been stronger

A man looks out of the window of his damaged apartment in downtown Beirut at the destruction caused by the explosion in Beirut Port, 14.08.2020 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Naamani)

Overcoming fear and mistrust

Processing Lebanon's long legacy of collective trauma

UAE iPhone spyware | Ahmed Mansoor (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/J. Gambrel)

Activists fear increased cyber-surveillance

Will repression in UAE intensify under the Israel deal?

Iran-China partnership: Xi Jinping meets Ali Khamenei (photo: ana.press)

Hic sunt dracones

Is Iran set to forfeit its national interests to China?

People gathered on the Charles Helou highway, opposite the site of the Beirut port explosion, in tribute to victims of the disaster and to denounce the political elite they blame (photo: picture-alliance/PhotoShot/E. Fitt)

Lebanese protesters call for systemic change

What now for Beirut, once the Paris of the Middle East?

Protesting in Beirut, Lebanon (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Lebanese political scientist Bassel Salloukh

Will a new Lebanon arise from the ashes of Beirut?

Teachers taking photos of the demonstration held in Amman on 29 July 2020 to protest the government decision to dissolve the teacher's syndicate and arrest its leaders (photo: Sherbel Dissi)

Amman and The Teachers' Syndicate

Free speech for everybody? Not so in Jordan, apparently

Die Detonationen verursachten in der nahen Umgebung eine Trümmerwüste

Aftermath of the Beirut explosion

Lebanon, a state in freefall thanks to corrupt governance

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

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

Muslim racism and imperialism

Power and exclusion

President Erdoğan and senior Turkish ministers attend Friday prayers at Hagia Sofia, 24.07.20 (photo: picture-alliance/AA/M. Kamachi)

Interview with Olivier Roy on the conversion of Hagia Sophia

"Islamising stones is easier than Islamising souls"

The new Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, addresses the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad on 6 May 2020 (photo: picture-alliance/AA/Iraqi Parliament)

Iraq's new government

Mr Kadhimi begins a clean-up operation

Turkish President Erdogan and French President Macron at the Syria Summit in Istanbul, October 2018 (Getty Images/AFP/O. Kose)

Libyan civil war

Turkey versus France – a game of one-upmanship in Libya?

Fighters loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord stand on a tank (photo: Getty Images/AFP/M. Turkia)

Libya's double tragedy

How domestic conflict and misguided intervention have destabilised Libya

Syymbolic image of the threat to peace in Afghanistan; suicide attack in Kabul, August 2019 (photo: AFP/W. Kohsar)

No end to conflict on the Hindu Kush?

Islamic State threatens long-term peace in Afghanistan

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