Topic: Democracy and Civil Society

Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh (source: H. Saghieh, photo: C. Charafeddine)

Interview with the Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh

More lapdog than watchdog

Protesters in Istanbul demonstrate following announcement of referendum result on 16 April 2017 (photo: AFP Photo/Yasin Akgul)

Erdogan’s post-referendum Turkey

Divided, now rule

Iranian women's rights activist and filmmaker Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh (photo: Facebook)

Interview with Iranian women's rights activist Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

″No woman can be worse than Ahmadinejad″

Protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Arab Spring and Western Winter

Look before you leap!

Syrian opposition delegation headed by Mohammad Alloush (centre) attending the first round of negotiations in Astana, January 2017 (photo: Reuters/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov)

The Syrian conflict

Mendacious diplomacy

French philosopher, essayist and academic Tzvetan Todorov (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)v

On the death of philosopher and essayist Tzvetan Todorov

We are all barbarians

The Medica Afghanistan team (source: medicamondiale.org)

Medica Afghanistan

Fighting sexual violence

Morocco′s King Mohammed VI (photo: DW/Ismail Billawi)

Morocco's monarchy and the conflict with the PJD

All power to the palace

Symbol of peace in Tunisia (photo: AFP/Getty Images/M. Bureau)

Tunisia′s partisan path to transitional justice

The problem with truth

The national flags of Germany and Turkey (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

German-Turkish relations in crisis

Fraying at the edges

Flag bearing the likeness of Syrian dictator Assad outside the Syrian Embassy in Beirut (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The decline of humanism in the Arab world

With an iron fist

Egyptian medic and activist Ahmed Said (photo: private)

Interview with Egyptian activist Ahmed Said

The scorpion's sting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visiting Egyptian President Al-Sisi in Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo on 02.03.2017 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Angela Merkel′s visit to Egypt

Blinkered realpolitik

Volunteers operate a stall at Baghdad City of Peace Carnival held on World Peace Day (source: iqpeace.com)

Baghdad City of Peace Carnival

Grassroots, green shoots

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi (photo: picture.alliance/abaca/H. Badiee)

Award-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi

Watching the foundations crumble

Cultural anthropologist Zuzanna Olszewksa (photo: Artandconflictglob.com)

"The Pearl of Dari" by Zuzanna Olszewska

Treasuring their common Persian heritage

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