Protests

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
Interview on the 2nd anniversary of the Hirak movement in Algeria

After a year of protests, bans on assembly were imposed in Algeria in March 2020 in order to contain the pandemic. Journalist Lyas Hallas explains why the Hirak is now back on the streets – and what the protest movement is till lacking.

Protests in Algeria
Democracy in Lebanon and Iraq
Democracy in Lebanon and Iraq

Have the Middle East’s only two experiments in consociationalism failed? Demonstrators in both Lebanon and Iraq are demanding a change of their respective political systems. Yet, there are differences between the situations in the two countries.

The demographics of Iraq’s protest movement
The demographics of Iraq’s protest movement

Are the largest protests in Iraq’s history seeing the left's comeback or the birth of a new youth movement? A Communist party veteran and an icon of the 2019 popular protests explain to Iraq researcher Inna Rudolf why they are taking to the streets.

Protests in Algeria
Mass protests in Algeria ahead of presidential elections

Algerians are taking to the streets, calling for a withdrawal of President Bouteflika’s candidacy and a complete reform of the regime. How will the authorities react? Three possible scenarios ahead of Algeria’s crucial presidential elections.

Der sudanesische Präsident Omar Al-Baschir steht unter Druck
Anti-government protests in Sudan

As a protest-wave is shaking up Khartoum, the Sudanese journalist Magdi el-Gizouli explains the background of the riots and argues that a violent crack-down won't save the regime.