Following the stunning advance of Germany's far right in last month's elections, the challenge facing political actors is how to isolate racist speech, and combat the populist fever that has invaded the political scene

Hossam Shaker

A weakened Hamas, Gaza public opinion in favour of any deal and a chronic security problem in Egypt’s Sinai are why Palestinian reconciliation efforts will succeed this time

Azzam Tamimi

The former socialist presidential candidate challenged President Sisi's most unpopular decision - on the Red Sea islands handover - and has now paid for it with a jail sentence

Rania Al Malky

One thing unites an Israeli right-wing coalition partner, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: the realisation that the two-state solution has been superseded by the reality of one state

Meron Rapoport

The England cricketer is an impeccable professional who never compromises his Muslim identity and values

Peter Oborne

In an interview and speech, the Democratic socialist senator questioned US aid to Israel and its alliance with Saudi Arabia, marking a radical break with US policy

Richard Silverstein

If Washington decides to decertify Iran's compliance on the 2015 deal, then the world could soon face a second nuclear crisis

Maysam Behravesh

A key law passed this summer goes a long way to tackling violence against women, while a presidential decree on marriage marks another vital landmark for Tunisian women's rights

Ramy Khouili and Daniel Levine-Spound

If and when bombing stops and Syrian farmers turn their irrigation taps on once again, a dire water shortage problem on the River Jordan could become drastically worse

Kieran Cooke

Unlike neighbouring Turkey, Iran hasn’t resorted to aggressive posturing to oppose the Kurdish referendum. However, behind the scenes the Islamic Republic is pulling out all the stops to deter Kurdish independence

Mahan Abedin