Country: Syria

Postcard from the time of the First World War showing the allies Kaiser Wilhelm II, left, Sultan Mehmed V, centre, and Kaiser Franz-Joseph, right (photo: picture-alliance)

Historical roots of the current Middle East crisis

The end of an artificial construct

Bashar al-Assad (photo: Reuters/Syria TV)

Strategies against Islamic State

The case against an alliance with Assad

Syrian refugees in Arsal, Lebanon (photo: Jamie Itani)

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

"We will perish here!"

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) on a state visit to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran (photo: Mehr)

The Middle East in 2014

New regional power games

Portrait of Lubna, Cutting Away the Void (source: Mirror Image)

The Syrian art project "Cutting Away the Void"

Documenting the tragedy of the Syrian revolt

Aboud Saeed (photo: Hartwig Klappert)

Interview with the Syrian blogger Aboud Saeed

"When the regime lost its control, I lost my fear"

Syrian children in a schoolroom riddled with bullet holes, Aleppo (photo: Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

Civil war in Syria

Everyday life in a country destroyed

Supporters of Nidaa Tounes celebrating their party's election victory in Tunis (photo: dpa)

Six lessons learned from Tunisia's recent elections

"Religion is God's, but democracy belongs to everyone!"

Poster from the "Free Douma 4" campaign (source: Syria Untold)

The kidnapping of the "Douma 4"

The Salafist and the human rights activist

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot)

Global strategies for combating Islamic State

The intellectual battle against IS

Sumia Sukkar reads from her novel at a launch in an Oxfam shop (photo: Susannah Tarbush)

"The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War" by Sumia Sukkar

Translating sights, sounds and feelings into colour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing a meeting of the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) in Istanbul, 24 November 2014 (photo: picture-alliance-abaca)

International conspiracy theories and xenophobia in Turkey

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Turkey alone against the world

IS supporters in Mosul, Iraq (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Strategies for combating IS

Plea for a wide-angled view of the Arab world

Rihan (left) and Faia Younan (photo: YouTube)

Syrian anti-war video "To Our Countries"

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Embarrassing media hype

The blue peacock, symbol of the Yazidi faith (source: Wikipedia)

The culture and faith of the Yazidis

Demonised and eternally misunderstood

Syrians watching the news in a cellar (photo: Getty Images)

Independent media in Syria

Flourishing despite the violence

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