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Ruins of a house in Gaza after a rocket attack on 13.07.2014. Photo: Reuters

Escalation in the Middle East

Provocation and violence

What set off the new spiral of violence in the Middle East? Does Palestinian organisation Hamas deserve the blame? Bettina Marx doubts that's the case and takes a look back at developments in recent weeksMore

A woman during a rally on Tahrir square, Cairo, January 2011 (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Two Years after the Arab Revolution

Disillusionment in the Middle East

Syria is caught up in a civil war, Islamists are in power in Cairo and Tunis, Turkey is caught between fronts and the Mideast peace process is stalled. What to make of the region two years after the Arab Revolution? By Bettina MarxMore

Fisher boats on the beach at Rafah in the Southern Gaza Strip (photo: Bettina Marx/DW)

Palestinian Territories

Fishermen from Gaza Risk Their Lives at Work

The fishermen from Gaza have a dangerous job. Israeli soldiers, often armed to the gills, obstruct their work. Last month, a 22-year-old fisherman was shot dead. Bettina Marx reports from Gaza CityMore

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad (photo: Bettina Marx/DW)

Egyptian Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad

''The Elections Are a Deception''

"The presidential elections are not free and democratic," says Egyptian human rights activist Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was arrested and imprisoned and freed in January following widespread international protest. By Bettina MarxMore

Christians and Muslims demonstrating for tolerance on Tahrir Square, Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Christian Minorities in the Islamic World


No Arab Spring for Christians

Christianity first emerged in the Orient. But today, Christians living in the Islamic world are marginalised and threatened with persecution. A problematic issue addressed at a conference organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin, Germany. Report by Bettina MarxMore

Panel discussion on the situation in Syria, Berlin, 23 March 2012 (photo: Bettina Marx/DW)

Revolt against Assad

Syria's Opposition Demands More Support

One year after the uprising in Syria began, opposition groups are calling for military support from abroad. The fragmented opposition displayed complete unity at a panel discussion in Berlin. Bettina Marx reportsMore

Palestinian flag (photo: DW)

Middle East Peace Process

Palestinian Unity Required to Move Forward

Palestinian analysts doubt that the recent deal between Fatah and Hamas will help overcome the Palestinian division. Still, people are demanding that both political camps put their differences aside and reach solutions. Bettina Marx reportsMore

Destroyed Palestinian homes in the Southern Hebron Hills (photo: DW)

Israeli Plans to Dismantle Solar Power Plants in the West Bank

Bulldozing German Development Aid

Solar and wind power plants built using German funds for Palestinian villages in the West Bank face an uncertain future. Israel says they are not authorised and wants them cleared. Report by Bettina MarxMore

UNESCO general assembly in Paris (photo: dapd)

Full UNESCO Membership for Palestine

A Small, Albeit Costly, Victory

Despite opposition from the US, Palestine has been accepted as a full member by UNESCO. On Monday, 107 members voted in favour, 14 voted against and 52 abstained. It was the right decision say Bettina MarxMore

Anti-Assad protests in London (photo: AP)

Persecution of Syrians in Exile

The Long Arm of the Baath Regime

Over the past few months, Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad has used every means to brutally suppress the country's opposition. Now, even Syrians in exile opposed to the regime are no longer safe, as Bettina Marx reportsMore

Hosni Mubarak in court (photo: Egyptian State TV/AP/dapd)

Mubarak Trial

A Historic Day in Cairo

Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years. In February, he stepped down after weeks of protest against his regime. Now, Egyptians are thrilled to see him on trial, writes Bettina MarxMore