Iran

Protests in Balochistan and Kurdistan regions in Iran

Iranian Sunnis of Kurdistan and Balochistan have shown during the last couple of weeks how well they are connected to each other through diverse networks. Sufi groups such as the Naqshbandiyya have been playing an important role.

Protests in Balochistan and Kurdistan regions in Iran
Middle Eastern Culture and Food Lab in Berlin

Making visible the many aspects of Middle Eastern culture that are often relegated to the background: this is the mantra of Sahar and Forough Sodoudi, twin sisters from Iran. A visit to ‘Dr&Dr’ - a food lab, political and cultural project.

Middle Eastern food
The new Iran-China Deal
China and the Middle East

The announcement of a strategic partnership agreement with Iran highlights China’s ultimate will to take a more assertive geopolitical role, even if this poses a direct challenge to US policies.

Sanctions, snapback and Iran’s hardliners
The Nuclear Deal and Iran’s Parliament

The White House arguments to trigger a snapback mechanism were rejected by UN officials and other parties to the JCPOA. A group of Iranian hardliner MPs endorsed them. But why?

The new Iran-China Deal
The new Iran-China Deal

Iran and China seek to deepen their ties. A move that flaunts the two countries’ willingness to back each other against the US pressure. Looking closer, a long-term overarching relation might be much harder to establish.

Interview with Syria expert Bassma Kodmani
Interview with Syria expert Bassma Kodmani

Syria expert Bassma Kodmani explains the recent conflict between Assad and his cousin Makhlouf – and calls on Europe to take advantage of Russia’s discontent with the Syrian regime.