Country: Iran

Bombarded and besieged, the Syrian town of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus (photo: picture-alliance)

Interview with Kristin Helberg on the Syria conflict

Boundless cynicism

Female Hassan Rouhani supporter during a presidential election rally in Tehran on 16 May 2017 (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Iranʹs image in the West

Making believe

Abbasid Caliph Al-Qadir bestowing a richly decorated robe of honour on Mahmud of Ghazni in 1000 (miniature from Rashid al-Din’s "Jami' al-tawarikh", via Wikimedia Commons)

Ethnicity in the Muslim caliphates

To be a son of Quraish

Iranian woman in front of graffiti bearing the message "And how do you like the protests, Sir?", the ʹSirʹ in this instance being Ayatollah Khamenei (photo: DW)

Neoliberalism and Iranʹs protest movement


It's the economy, stupid!

Joobin Behkrad is founder and publisher of "Reorient", an online magazine for contemporary art from the Middle East (photo: Joobin Behkrad)

Interview with Joobin Bekhrad, publisher of "Reorient"

Love-letter to Tehran

Still from Mani Haghighiʹs "Khook" (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Berlinale 2018: Iranian film "Khook"

When heads roll

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkul Karman (photo: AP)

Interview with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman

"We need to bring back the Arab Spring!"

In this photo dated 26.03.2016, supporters of Yemen's deceased former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and allies of Shia Houthi rebels, climb flag poles in Sanaa during a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against them (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/H. Mohammed)

Yemen′s Houthis

Defenders of the country?

Protests in New York against U.S. airstrikes in Syria on 7 April 2017 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

War in Syria

Ending America′s disastrous role

Military parade in the United Arab Emirates (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Emirates News Agency)

Saudi Arabian and UAE foreign policy

A finger in every pie

Iran′s revolutionary leader Ali Khamenei speaks to relatives of the martyr families in Tehran (photo: picture-alliance)

The Islamic Republic turns 39

At risk of Syrianisation?

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (photo: Reuters)

Mohammed bin Salman′s political agenda

The Saudi parable

Faravahar is the symbol of Zoroastrianism, a religion based on the teaching of the prophet Zarathustra which originated in what is now modern-day Iran (source: Reza Sjadirad/DW)

Goethe and Zoroastrianism

The eternal battle between good and evil

Symbolic image of Trump's travel ban; international travellers arriving at Boston's Logan Airport are reflected in a door next to a no entry sign (photo: Reuters/B. Snyder)

Book review: a ″Banthology″ of short stories

Framing the dangerous nations

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington (photo: Reuters)

U.S. policy on the Middle East

The imperial reflex

Khamenei supporters demonstrate their backing for the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic (photo: Reuters/Tasnim News Agency)

Protests in Iran

No revolution in sight