The German Empire and the Armenian genocide
Turning a blind eye
The AKP's version of Turkish history
Contrasting interpretations of Gallipoli
Film review: "No Land's Song"
One woman's quest to make Iranian women's voices heard
The headscarf in the colonial period
Remove your veils!

The German Empire and the Armenian genocide

On 24 April, people all over the world will commemorate the mass killing of Armenians 100 years ago. A memorial service is planned in Germany as well. Many critics contend, however, that the country should take a closer look at the role played by the German Empire, which was an ally of the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacres. By Ceyda NurtschRead more

The AKP's version of Turkish history

Joseph Croitoru reports on how leaders in Ankara are putting an Islamist spin on centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli Campaign and how they seem to hope that these events will detract attention from another centenary occurring this week: that of the Armenian genocideRead more

Film review: "No Land's Song"

It sounds like a completely mad enterprise: in Iran, a country where women have not been allowed to sing unaccompanied in public in front of men since the 1979 revolution, an Iranian woman sets out to organise a concert of women singing Iranian songs. The documentary "No Land's Song" charts her progress. Richard Marcus saw the filmRead more

The headscarf in the colonial period

As far back as over 100 years ago, people were already arguing that the headscarf was a symbol of male oppression and therefore incompatible with Western civilisation and its system of values. In the French colonies, authorities actually followed through on these ideas, forcing women to take off their veils. Historical insights from Susanne KaiserRead more

Politics

Turkish National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz (front) lays flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers, Gallipoli, 25 April 2014 (photo: imago/Xinhua)

The AKP's version of Turkish history

Contrasting interpretations of Gallipoli

A man visits the exhibition "Speaking to one another", a collection of personal memories of the past in Turkey and Armenia (photo: DW)

The German Empire and the Armenian genocide

Turning a blind eye

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (left) and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on 31 May 2014 (photo: dpa/picture alliance)

Germany's Middle East Policy

Is Germany changing tack?

Members of the Syrian opposition in Aleppo (photo: Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview with Nader Othman, deputy PM of the Syrian interim government

People want professionals, not Facebook heroes

Society

An overcrowded boat filled with refugees (photo: AP)

After the refugee catastrophe in the Mediterranean

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How the EU is killing refugees

"The Pipelighter" by Jean-Leon Gerome (source: Wikipedia)

The headscarf in the colonial period

Remove your veils!

Fereshta Ludin, Berlin, 20 March 2015 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/D. Gerlach)

Interview with Fereshta Ludin

"The decision for or against the headscarf is wholly a matter for the woman herself"

A female student wearing a headscarf (photo: picture-alliance/Joker)

The headscarf ruling from Germany's Consitutional Court

Heated debate on all sides

Culture

Sara Najafi and Parvin Namazi (both left) in a still from the film "No Land's Song"

Film review: "No Land's Song"

One woman's quest to make Iranian women's voices heard

Festival-goers enjoying the music at "Les Dunes Electroniques" (photo: Jannis Hagmann)

Electro Festival "Les Dunes Electroniques" in Tunisia

Beats and bass in the desert

Orhan Pamuk at the launch of his book "A strangeness in my mind" (photo: picture-alliance/AA)

Book review: Orhan Pamuk's novel "A Strangeness in my mind"

A journey through time to a lost world

Mona Shaikh (photo: Ash Gupta/838 Media Group)

Interview with comedian Mona Shaikh

"Being able to create a dialogue is a very important step for me"