Syria and the Embattled Pound

by Jamie Lee-Brown Yet another front has opened up in the Syrian War. The conflict’s latest casualty — the Syrian Pound — is creating a division in the rebel-held north around Aleppo. The din of opposition voices calling for the adoption of the Turkish Lira in place of the embattled Pound is growing increasingly audible.…

The Holy Land: That Obscure Object of Desire

by Laura Pelzmann As we land in Tel Aviv, the urge to get off the plane increases rapidly. In front of us is the Holy Land, place of legends shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, where so many of the founding myths of Middle Eastern and European culture began. With a group of fellow…

Salam and Khaste Nabashi from Tehran

by Anna Jonas  “We have started our final descent to Imam Khomeini International Airport, please return to your seats and fasten your seat belts.” It is October 2013 and I am on my flight from Istanbul to Tehran, Iran, to begin my internship at the Austrian Cultural Forum. As soon as the plane starts to…

Die Kurden – der lange und steinige Weg zur Selbstbestimmung

by Daniel Reinhardt Die aktuelle Krise in Syrien und Irak hat in den vergangenen Monaten international, medial wie politisch, viel Aufmerksamkeit erhalten. Eine Volksgruppe, welche derzeit stark vom Vormarsch des Islamischen Staates im Irak und Syrien (ISIS) betroffen ist, sind die Kurden. Diese bekämpfen den IS militärisch sowohl in Syrien als auch im Nordirak. Die…