FES MENA Blog

From Beirut to Khartoum and from Rabat to Teheran, our FES colleagues, partners as well as guest contributors share their insights from the ground and offer food for thought on current developments in the MENA region.

The views expressed in this blog series are not necessarily those of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


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03.09.2020 | Blog

The delusion of beliefs

What makes you who you are today? If we make a list of words that would identify us as people, we will most likely include either our belief system,...


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Illustration: Yara Hindawi
19.08.2020 | Blog

Migrant domestic workers and the Kafala system: the extensive network of oppression

The boundaries between the living conditions under Kafala system and slavery are vague.


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The MENA region's ‘green hydrogen rush’

Germany and the EU launched ambitious ‘green’ hydrogen plans. To satisfy demand, all eyes are now on the MENA region


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04.08.2020 | Blog

Saving Public Money: A means or and end?

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of healthcare and education systems quality, which stirred the public and shifted the focus of...


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Illustration: Yara Hindawi
23.07.2020 | Blog

Being "Black" in the MENA region

It had become a truism in Arab culture that the term "black" when referring to people with a swarthier skin than the Mediterranean, olive skin-looking...


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Germany needs to speak up against annexation

Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territories would be a gross violation of international law. Germany needs to take a stand.


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09.06.2020 | Blog

Chronicling the Coronavirus: A Perspective from Jordan

The team at the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) has put together a working chronology of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and a...


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Jordan’s catch-22

Israel’s latest annexation plans present an impossible choice for Jordan, the Middle East’s anchor of stability.


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02.06.2020 | Blog

The Algerian economy put to the test by Covid-19: Do we need to reinvent everything?

Algeria is facing the Covid-19 crisis in a particular situation: a protest movement, which began in February 2019, has pushed the leaders in power...


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02.06.2020 | Blog

A multi-dimensional crisis : Journalism in Algeria put to the test by Covid-19

The Coronavirus epidemic has not spared the media sector in Algeria. The media landscape, consisting mainly of the paper press, could be transformed...


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