Country: Iraq

The political sociologist Bilgin Ayata (photo: private)

Turkey: interview with Bilgin Ayata

No haven for refugees

Palestinian author and publisher Abdel Bari Atwan (photo: picture-alliance/photoshot)

Islamic State

Know your enemy

"Harun al Rashid receives envoys from Charlemagne, 786" by Julius Koeckert 1864 (owned by the Maximilianeum in Munich)

Caliphs and assassins

Between myth and reality

Caricature by Abdul Raheem Yassir: jihadist with time fuse – symbolic of all-out destruction, including of himself (photo: Abdul Raheem Yassir)

Caricaturists in Iraq

Walking a satirical tightrope

Experts track down stolen art from Syria and Iraq

Save the Children and the Refugee Council

Australia appeal

Kurdish singer Helly Luv (photo: Getty Images/Safin Hamed)

Helly Luv: Revolution

Female Kurdish singer rallies the troops

Middle Eastern wasteland (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Geopolitics in the Middle East

A new century dawns

Kurds celebrate the re-taking of Kobani (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/str)

Islamic State

A year of territorial losses

Pro-women's rights demonstration in Aden (photo: DW/N. Alyousefi)

Violence against women

Young Arab men fight for women′s rights

Demonstration against the Assad regime (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

IS: the winners and the losers

The time is ripe for Bashar and his cronies

Buchcover "Auf der Flucht" von Karim El-Gawhary & Mathilde Schwabeneder; Quelle: Kremayr und Scheriau Verlag

Book review: ″Auf der Flucht″ by Karim El Gawhary and Mathilde Schwabeneder

Born in the wrong place

Heads of state convene in Vienna to agree a roadplan aimed at bringing the Syrian civil war to an end (photo: Reuters)

The Middle East

Preserving the Ottoman mosaic

Islamic State's radio station "Al Bayan" (source: YouTube)

IS and its media

Calling all suicide bombers

French Rafale fighter jet takes off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to carry out airstrikes against IS in Syria (photo: Getty Images/AFP/A. C. Poujoulat)

Airstrikes against IS

Solidarity yet no strategy

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