The Geopolitical Situation in the Middle East
Between terror and the dissolution of order
Four years of war in Syria
Where the uprising began and still lives on
Artists in Turkey
Artists against Erdogan's censorship
Rising tension in Bangladesh
Fundamentalists take centre stage amid political discord

Four years of war in Syria

The southern Syrian city of Daraa is the "cradle of the revolution" and the last bastion of the uprising against the Assad regime. Kristin Helberg on the special significance the provincial city has held since the start of the Syrian rebellion four years agoRead more

Artists in Turkey


Turkey welcomes private investors in the fields of art and culture, but artists feel oppressed by the government. Beyond censorship and commercial speculation, an alternative art scene offers some hope. Ceyda Nurtsch presents them.Read more

Rising tension in Bangladesh

The recent murder of prominent Bangladeshi-born blogger Avijit Roy has once again shone a spotlight on the state of freedom of speech in the country. Experts believe that fundamentalists are gaining ground as the country spirals deeper into a political crisis. By Roma Rajpal WeißRead more


Anti-Houthi demonstration in Taiz, Yemen (photo: REUTER/ A. Mahyoub))

The crisis in Yemen

History can help us to understand

Likud campaign worker puts up a poster of Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem (photo: Reuters/R. Zvulun)

After the election in Israel

Palestine's hope in Netanyahu

Battles in Jemen (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Arhab)

Battles in Yemen

Opening Pandora's Box in Yemen


Muslim woman with German flag in Berlin (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Young Islam Conference

Headscarves not an issue for young people

Afghan Sufis at prayer (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Masso)

Sufis in Afghanistan

The forgotten mystics of the Hindu Kush

Bottles of Taybeh's "Nadim" wine, Arabic for "drinking buddy" (photo: Ylenia Gostoli)

The Taybeh Vinfest, West Bank

Turning water into wine

An Islamic preacher reading the Koran (photo: dpa)

Islam and religious freedom

Coercion leads to hypocrisy


Protests in Istanbul against the censorship of the press (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Artists in Turkey


Artists against Erdogan's censorship

Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy (photo: DW)

Interview with Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy

"I am ultimately fighting for a better future in my homeland"

People attending a Kurdish langauge class in Diyarbakir, Turkey (photo. DW/N. Sipar)

Kurdish in exile

The right to a mother tongue

BKO Quintet (source: Buda Musique)

Album review: "Bamako Today" by the BKO Quintet

A fascinating mix of the old and the new