Topic: Authoritarianism

No roads, no cars, no carbon dioxide: "The Line" is the name of a planned eco-super city in Saudi Arabia - 170 kilometers long, 200 meters wide and 500 meters high (photo: AFP Photo/NEOM)

'The Line' in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman's febrile dream

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran in mid-July (photo: khamenei.ir)

The Islamic Republic and Putin's war

Iran's sacred mission in Ukraine?

View inside a Google data centre (photo: Conny Zhou/Zuma Press/picture-alliance)

Data centre plans in Saudi Arabia

Google puts Saudi activists in danger

Mullah Baradah (centre) and other Taliban officials (photo: picture-alliance)

Afghanistan

One year on, Taliban torn over reforms

Noori & His Dorpa Band in the Sudan National Museum (photo: Yasir Elhassan)

Noori & His Dorpa Band's "Beja Power"

Defiant in the face of repression

Sanaa Seif, sister of the Egyptian pro-democracy activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah (photo: Getty Images)

Human rights in Egypt

Egyptian activist Sanaa Seif "disappointed with German politicians"

Syrian craftsman Khaled Bahlawan hammers nails in a wooden boat at his boatyard in Syria's Mediterranean Island of Arwad on 24 July 2022 (photo: LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria's Phoenician heritage

Traditional boat-makers keep ancient craft afloat

Symbolic image of an elderly woman in care (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Health and ageing

Middle East and North Africa unprepared for coming dementia epidemic

American President Joe Biden (left) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bump fists in Jeddah, 15 July 2022 (photo: Bandar Al Galoud/REUTERS)

Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia

Trading recognition for oil

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?

Turkish author Hakan Gunday (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Turkish author Hakan Gunday's "Verlust"

The ghosts of the army

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

Iran's corruptocracy

Why the Abadan building collapse matters

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

Algeria‘s gas reserves

Is defending the environment terrorism?

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