Country: Middle East

Aya Hijazi, founder of a non-governmental organisation that looks after street children, sits in a holding cell of a Cairo courthouse on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests, 23.03.2017 (photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Societal repression in Egypt

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The tentacles of autocracy

The "Strengthening Structures" workshop at the Goethe-Institut Cairo (photo: Roger Anis/Goethe-Institut Cairo)

Goethe-Institut education initiatives in the MENA region

Getting behind civil society

The Egyptian pound (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Egypt's rising debts

"A sign of crisis"

Muslims in Indonesia protest against Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital (photo: Reuters/D. Whiteside)

Trump's Jerusalem decision

Unleashing a new wave of radicalisation?

Palestinians watch Trump's announcement that he now recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (photo: Getty Images)

US foreign policy

Donald Trump versus Middle East peace

Panorama of Jerusalem (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Whose idea was that?

Monument of the Muslim philosopher Averroes (photo: Manolo Blanco; source: Flickr)

Averroes' Enlightenment legacy

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An intellectual earthquake

Theologian Karl-Josef Kuschel (source: YouTube)

Non-fiction: Karl-Josef Kuschel′s ″Christmas and the Qu′ran″

When love comes down

Fight to capture the last IS position in Sirte, Libya (photo: Reuters/I. Zitouny)

Breaking the Middle East′s cycle of terror

The two-pronged strategy

Troops belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces pose in front of a banner bearing the likeness of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK, in Raqqa on 19 October 2017 (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Syria and the war against IS

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Strange bedfellows

Politician for the Green party, Omid Nouripour, addresses the German parliament (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/J. Jeske)

Non-fiction: Omid Nouripour's "What to Do about Jihadists?"

Every day counts

An Iranian woman holds a placard showing a caricature of Donald Trump during a rally marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in February 2017. Millions marched in response to the new U.S. administrationn and a rejection of threatening language (photo: Getty Images/AFP/A. Kenare)

Annulling the Iran deal

When amateurs rule

Rafiki Jazz (photo: Rafiki Jazz)

Album review: Rafiki Jazz′ ″Har Dam Sahara″

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In life′s every moment

Historian and author Michael Sommer (source: University of Oldenburg)

Non-Fiction: Michael Sommer′s ″Syria. Geschichte einer zerstoerten Welt″

Before the truth wars: The history of a destroyed world

Turkish soldier in a tank near Jarabulus on the Syrian-Turkish border, September 2016 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/B. Kilic)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Securitising Turkish foreign policy: Turning back the clock

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