Russia is a central player on a number of key issues in the Middle East. Moscow’s support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and its determination to soften sanctions on Tehran have often forced the West to take a step back. So just what is Moscow up to? Veniamin Popov, a former Russian ambassador, gives Marc Perelman his insight into Putin’s high-stakes diplomatic moves.
One of the most iconic images to emerge from the Arab Spring was that of women taking to the streets, demanding a new political system. But three years on, that picture has changed. If anything, the rise of political Islam has resulted in the rollback of women’s rights.
Bineta Diop is the executive director of “Femmes Africa Solidarité”, an NGO founded in 1996 to promote and defend women’s rights. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, she speaks up against sexual crimes in African countries plagued by decades of conflict, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and against impunity for perpetrators.
On the sidelines of the “Forum d'Avignon”, Stéphanie Antoine talks to Crescent Enterprises’ CEO, Badr Jafar. The businessman is deeply involved in cultural sponsorship, supporting art and cultural programmes in the Middle East and working to promote cultural exchanges between East and West.
Half a century after John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, the legend of America's 35th president lives on. It’s a legend carefully crafted by his clan - who, despite 50 years of steady revelations, have kept a tight lid on family secrets. Douglas Herbert talks to Stéphane Trano, a political journalist and author who takes a look at the darker side of Camelot in a new book published in French.