Cairo Conspiracy a.k.a. Boy From Heaven
Al-Azhar, a Catholic monastery...and the Dalai Lama
Qatar 2022 and the Arab world
"It’s our World Cup"
COVID-19, COP27 and World Cup 2022
Crisis management in the Arab world
Asef Bayat on the Iran protests
"A movement to reclaim life"
Adam, the main character, is played by Palestinian actor Tawfeek Barhom.

Cairo Conspiracy a.k.a. Boy From Heaven

Palme d’Or winner "Boy from Heaven" is a classic crossover film in which cultural elements are mixed together in haphazard and random fashion. Shady Lewis Botros bemoans the director’s use of various formulaic and cliche-ridden templates dominant in global mass cultureRead more

Arab fans in Doha ahead of the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: "As Arab women we’re proud that Qatar is doing a world-class job of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event. The atmosphere here is fantastic," says Rajaa, who only wants to give her first name

Qatar 2022 and the Arab world

In Doha, Arabs from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria are gathering to celebrate the first ever FIFA World Cup to be held on Arab soil. The criticism from Europe? Over the top, they say. Dunja Ramadan reports from DohaRead more

British-Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the leading youth leaders during the 2011 Arab Spring, started a hunger strike in prison on 2 April 2022. As COP27 began in Sharm El-Sheikh, Fattah announced he would stop drinking water. His aim: to highlight the plight of thousands of people – including human rights defenders, journalists, students, opposition politicians and peaceful protesters – currently languishing in Egypt’s jails.

COVID-19, COP27 and World Cup 2022

November 2022 sees the Arab world firmly in the spotlight with the COP27 in Egypt and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Public trust in MENA governments is weak, thanks to their miserable record in protecting citizens’ rights, which leaves nations ill-equipped to handle complex crises like climate change or COVID-19. By Jan VoelkelRead more

Asef Bayat on the Iran protests

For seven weeks, Iran has been rocked by protests not seen since the Islamic Republic’s inception. This interview with sociologist Asef Bayat, originally conducted in Persian, examines how this latest wave of unrest differs and asks what has changed in Iranian societyRead more

Politics

Arab fans in Doha ahead of the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (photo: Dunja Ramadan)

Qatar 2022 and the Arab world

"It’s our World Cup"

British-Egyptian human rights activist Alaa Abdel Fattah (photo: Mahmud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)

COVID-19, COP27 and World Cup 2022

Crisis management in the Arab world

Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets MPs during his party’s group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) in Ankara, Turkey on 2 November 2022 (photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey

20 years of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP

Visit by a group of German parliamentarians to Qatar (photo: Lamya Kaddor)

Lamya Kaddor on the Qatar World Cup

"Address problems, but acknowledge progress"

Society

Cover of Gudrun Kramer's "Der Architekt des Islamismus. Hasan al-Banna und die Muslimbrüder" (published by C.H. Beck)

Hasan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood

Who was the architect of Islamism?

Tourists in front of an oversized World Cup 2022 sign in front of the skyline of Doha, Qatar (photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA World Cup 2022

Major events at any price?

Redacted newspaper with only the words "Tayyip Erdogan" visible (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Turkey’s new media law

Censorship by any other name

Syrian children take part in the opening ceremony of their own 'camps World Cup' tournament at the municipal stadium in Idlib (photo: Omar HAJ KADOUR/AFP)

FIFA Qatar 2022

Children in Syria's Idlib hold their own World Cup

Culture

Adam, the main character, is played by Palestinian actor Tawfeek Barhom (source: Cannes Film Festival)

Cairo Conspiracy a.k.a. Boy From Heaven

Al-Azhar, a Catholic monastery...and the Dalai Lama

Iranian actor Hengameh Ghaziani (source: Instagram)

Iran protests 2022

Female film stars show solidarity

Turkish writer and journalist Nedim Turfent (source: English PEN)

Nedim Turfent’s freedom of speech

Beyond the walls of Van

Scene from the play "The Queen Commanded Him to Forget" by Ofira Henig (photo: Peter Adamik)

Israeli director Ofira Henig

"We don’t give any answers, we ask questions"

Israeli-Iranian singer Liraz Charhi (photo: Shai Franco)

Liraz Charhi’s "Roya"

An Israeli-Iranian act of rebellion