Author: Karim El-Gawhary

Erdogan supporters on Taksim Square in Istanbul

Putsch aftermath in Turkey

Autocracy or military dictatorship?

Besieging Fallujah (photo: Reuters/A. Al-Marjani)

Battle for the IS stronghold of Fallujah

Militiamen on the rampage

Most of the inhabitants of Borg Meghezel depend on people-smuggling to make a living (photo: Karim E-Gawhary)

Egypt's people-smuggling mafia

Where crossings cost but lives are cheap

Saudi King Salman (right) with his nephew, Interior Minister Mohammed Naïf (photo: Reuters)

Panama Paper revelations

The Emirs of Panama

Belgian security forces following the Brussels attacks (photo: Getty Images/AFP/E. Dunand)

IS attacks in Brussels

No more shades of grey

The German national Martin Kobler, UN Special Representative on Libya (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with Martin Kobler, UN Special Representative on Libya

"Libya must not become the Syria of tomorrow"

French support for Bouazizi (photo: Antoine Walter; source: Wikimedia

Five years of Arab Spring

The butterfly effect

Libyan delegates following the signing of the UN peace treaty for Libya in Skhirat (photo: imago/Xinhua)

Peace treaty signed by warring factions in Libya

The steep road to national unity

A Syrian refugee in Berlin with an Angela Merkel placard (photo: DW/S. Amri)

The Arab view of the European refugee crisis

Ludicrous squabbling

Protesters in Beirut demonstrate against the country's waste disposal problems and political corruption (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Lebanon's "You Stink" protest movement

Rubbish knows no religion

A pilot boat passes a huge "Welcome to Egypt" sign on the new section of the Suez Canal (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Nelson)

Suez Canal extension

A drop in the ocean?

Tunisians demonstrate against terrorism following the Sousse attack (photo: picture-alliance/AA/Y. Gaidi)

After the Sousse attack

United against terror

Protests in Berlin against the arrest of Ahmed Mansour in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/P.Zinken)

The case of Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

A politically motivated incident?

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Death sentence against Mohammed Morsi


Democracy is futile

Soldiers from the Iraqi army and Shia volunteer fighters prepare for the offensive to take back Tikrit from the jihadis of IS (photo: Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)

Offensive against IS in Iraq

Sowing the seeds of the next disaster

A masked man during the football riots in Cairo, 8 February 2015 (photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian soccer stadium deaths

Black day for the "White Knights"