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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-03-21

Egypt: Supporters of President Sisi make their voices heard

In Egypt, polls will soon open in a presidential election that's widely seen as a guaranteed win for the incumbent leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The former army chief's only challenger is Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who's in fact one of his staunchest supporters. Our correspondents Nadia Blétry, Claire Williot and Ruth Michaelson went to meet supporters of the president in Cairo.

Also, after Turkish troops and their allies captured Afrin from Kurdish YPG fighters, Turkey says it's ready to take the fight beyond the Syrian city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to expand the country's military offensive to other Kurdish-held areas across northern Syria.

Meanwhile, an ancient tradition has been resurrected in Jerusalem to solve a modern crisis: a shortage of places to bury the dead. A massive network of catacombs excavated beneath a mountain over the past two years will provide enough space for 22,000 burial plots. Our correspondents Irris Makler and Antoine Mariotti report.

Finally, we take you to the workshop of a group of designers and models from Mosul. The woman are on a mission to prove that life under Islamic State group control did little to cramp their sense of style. These Iraqi refugees resettled in Jordan, where they're stitching up the seams of a life threatened by terror.

By Stéphanie CHEVAL , Jeanne LAVENANT , Mariam SAAB


2018-07-12 Jeanne LAVENANT

Battle for Deraa: Hundreds of Syrians stranded near Jordanian border

The Syrian city of Deraa is where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some seven years ago. But the current battle over this hotspot between rebels and...

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2018-07-04 Sanam SHANTYAEI

Actress Fatima Al-Banawi on the wind of change for women in Saudi Arabia

As Saudi women finally receive the green light to get behind the wheel legally, we focus on women being at the forefront of change in Saudi Arabia. Artist and actress Fatima...

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2018-06-28 Jeanne LAVENANT

Behind the wheel: Saudi women can now legally drive

For the first time in Saudi Arabia's history, women got behind the wheel legally this week. Until now, women in the kingdom had to rely on drivers or male relatives to get...

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2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

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2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

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