Iraqʹs political future
Entering a new era
Modern Standard Arabic
A language in decline
Manifesto against "new anti-Semitism" in France
Cutting Suras to suit
Lizzie Doron on Independence Day
"Israel is facing crucial decisions"

Iraqʹs political future

The recent elections in Iraq mark a dramatic turning point in the countryʹs political fortunes. New party alliances – in particular the Sairun list led by influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr – have emerged victorious from the polls. Birgit Svensson reports from BaghdadRead more

The uncertain future of Modern Standard Arabic

Substantial numbers of schoolchildren in the Gulf are losing their ability to communicate in Arabic. The development may well herald the onset of language loss in the region. By Sawsan KhalafRead more

Controversial manifesto against "new anti-Semitism" in France

In France, the publication of a manifesto that calls among other things for the removal of certain verses from the Koran and seeks to pave the way for state intervention in religious matters has triggered heated debate. Farid Hafez has the detailsRead more

Israeli author Lizzie Doron on Independence Day

Seventy years after the founding of the State of Israel, Lizzie Doron, author of "Who the Fuck is Kafka?", which traces the unlikely friendship of an Israeli and a Palestinian, walks through her evolving feelings over the years regarding 14 MayRead more

Politics

Supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr in Baghdad following the election victory of the Sairun list (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Iraqʹs political future

Entering a new era

Demonstration in Tehran against the USA following Americaʹs withdrawal from the nuclear agreement (photo: Reuters)

Deal drop triggers power struggle in Iran

Trump gifts the hawks of Tehran

On 08.05.2018, U.S. President Donald Trump seals the United Statesʹ departure from the nuclear deal with Iran (photo: Reuters/J. Ernst)

U.S. de-certifies Iran nuclear deal

Madmen at the helm

 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (centre) makes a speech during the 23rd session of the Palestinian National Council at the Ahmad Al-Shukairy Conference Hall in the Presidential Office in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 April 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/AA/I. Rimawi)

The Abbas controversy

No excuse for anti-Semitism

Society

Arabic writing on a blackboard (photo: dpa)

The uncertain future of Modern Standard Arabic

A language in decline

Muslim women read the Koran (photo: Reuters)

Controversial manifesto against "new anti-Semitism" in France

Cutting Suras to suit

Israeli author Lizzie Doron presents her book "Who the Fuck Is Kafka" during the press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, November 8, 2016 (photo: Imago/CTK Photo)

Israeli author Lizzie Doron on Independence Day

"Israel is facing crucial decisions"

Refugees scale Melilla border fence (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/S. Palacios)

Migrating across the Mediterranean

Escape at all costs

Culture

Palestinian artist Sliman Mansour in his atelier in Ramallah (photo: Sarah Hofmann/DW)

Interview with Palestinian artist Sliman Mansour

Covert war

Still from "Bloody Beans" by Narimane Mari (source: YouTube)

Algerian cinema

Young, rebellious and full of beans

Lebanese film director Reem Saleh (photo: Martin Rodriguez Redondo/Goethe.de)

Interview with Lebanese director Reem Saleh

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One big family

Syrian American writer Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (photo: Neha Gautam)

Book review: Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadarʹs "The Map of Salt and Stars"

ESP and the power of memory