Topic: Authoritarianism

Islamist activists carry placards against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was released in 2018 after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy; Karachi, 21 November 2018 (photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Execution for a Facebook post?

Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries

King Hussein of Jordan speaks at the re-opening of Parliament in 1957 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

One hundred years of Jordan

"A land for all Arabs" turned Middle East anchor of stability

Dr Guido Steinberg (left) and Ulrich Tilgner (photos: Eventpress Stauffenberg/picture-alliance and Future Image/imagoimages)

Book review: new books on the Middle East

The clouds of war or the dawn of a new beginning?

Shepherds in Raqqa in 2017 (photo: Chris Huby/Le Pictorium/imago images)

Syrian conflict

How climate change paved the way to war in Syria

Syrian children play on the roof of a shelter in the Barra refugee camp to the north east of the Lebanese city of Beirut (photo: Marwan Naamani/dpa/picture-alliance)

Mass expropriation in Syria

How Assad is preventing the return of refugees

Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian physician, author and well-known women′s rights advocate (photo: Nawal El Saadawi)

Obituary: Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian women's rights activist

Defiant icon of the Arab women's movement

USA Atlanta Prinzessin Basmah Bint Saud; Foto: Getty Images/M.Ingram

Saudi Arabia, MbS and dissent

Who’s afraid of Princess Basmah?

The Syrian lawyer and human rights activist Razan Zeitouneh (photo: Free Razan)

10 years of war in Syria

Razan Zeitouneh – the missing face of Syria's revolution

Calcutta, West Bengal, India: Youth protesters march while holding a banner reading "No Vote TO BJP" during the anti-BJP rally on 10 March 2021 (photo: Dipayan Bose/Zumapress/picture alliance)

India and the farmers' protests

Solidarity mounts against Narendra Modi's BJP

Children in Syria (photo: AFP)

Ten years of war in Syria

80 percent of Syrians impoverished; 60 % food insecure

Protesters display placards and flash a three-fingered sign of resistance on a main road during a demonstration in Mandalay, Myanmar on 8.03. 2021 (photo: AP Photo)

The generals, the Buddhists and the Rohingya

Myanmar's Gen Z – "You messed with the wrong generation"

Heightened security in Somalia following the murder of a French agent (photo: Mohammed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

From failed state to fragile state?

Somalia and the rocky road towards greater stability

Film poster: "As I want" by Samaher al-Qadi (dsitributed by Prophecy Films)

Berlinale 2021: Samaher al-Qadi's "As I want"

“We’re meant to be ashamed of the way we laugh”

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