Gaza protests
Inescapable vortex of violence
Fady Joudah's "Footnotes"
A web of living tissue
Iraqʹs political future
Entering a new era
Modern Standard Arabic
A language in decline

Gaza protests

For several days, major rioting at the ongoing campaign of protests by Palestinians overshadowed celebratory events in Israel marking the 70th anniversary of the state's foundation. As a result of the deadly clashes, there have been increasingly vociferous calls around the world for an independent inquiry. By Inge GüntherRead more

Poetry anthology: Fady Joudah's "Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance"

At a time when we have almost become accustomed to the poetry of witness, recounting either events or a poet's reaction to them, the latest anthology by acclaimed Palestinian-American poet and physician Fady Joudah cuts deeper, with appropriately surgical precision, to reveal the connections beneath the surface of things. By Marcia Lynx QualeyRead more

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

Politics

A Palestinian women records events at a protest in Gaza (photo: Getty Images/S. Platt)

Gaza protests

Inescapable vortex of violence

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

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-American poet Fady Joudah (photo: Milkweed Editions)

Poetry anthology: Fady Joudah's "Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance"

A web of living tissue

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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