Mayoral election re-run in Turkey
Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan
Reconstruction in Syria
Frustrating Assadʹs plans for a new state
Atheism in the Arab world
Moroccoʹs atheists find a home on the Internet
Economic crisis in Iraq
Trump's Iran embargo impacts Iraqis

Mayoral election re-run in Turkey

Having spent just seventeen days in the job, Ekrem Imamoglu from the Republican Peopleʹs Party wants to win back the office of Mayor of Istanbul. Who is this man – and why is his potential re-election so significant for Turkeyʹs future? By Marian BrehmerRead more

Reconstruction in Syria

Although regime apologists are fond of asserting that the war in Syria is over, wary investors, an ongoing U.S. trade embargo, the pariah status of its ally Iran, not to mention galloping inflation, mean it could be years before the devasted country sees any real reconstruction. Analysis by Ghiath BilalRead more

Atheism in the Arab world

The Internet has made it possible for some to declare and even to promote their atheism by criticising Islam and other religions. Ismail Azzam spoke to some young Moroccans who have left their Muslim faith behindRead more

Economic crisis in Iraq

As a result of U.S. sanctions, Iranians can no longer afford the yearly pilgrimage to Iraq's Shia shrines. The holy city of Najaf is bearing the economic brunt. By Judit NeurinkRead more

Politics

CHP campaign event in the run-up to the Istanbul mayoral elections (photo: Mariam Brehmer)

Mayoral election re-run in Turkey

Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan

Since Trumpʹs Iran embargo only a few Iranian pilgrims visit the Iraqi city of Najaf (photo: DW/Judit Neurink)

Economic crisis in Iraq

Trump's Iran embargo impacts Iraqis

Children playing football in Damascus (photo: Reuters/M. Djurica)

Reconstruction in Syria

Frustrating Assadʹs plans for a new state

Symbolic image of ʹthe civil versus the militaryʹ: a man protests against the referendum on the constitution in front of a statue of former general Abdel Moneim Riad, in Cairo, Egypt (photo: Reuters)

Military dictatorships in the Middle East

The real enemies of the Arab Spring

Society

Slogans relating to the Atheist Moroccan Republic (source: YouTube screenshot)

Atheism in the Arab world

Moroccoʹs atheists find a home on the Internet

Journalist and author Ferda Ataman (photo: private)

Non-fiction: Ferda Atamanʹs "Iʹm from here. Stop asking!"

Less strident, more empathetic, please!

Turkish author Asli Erdogan (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Interview with Turkish author Asli Erdogan

"There is nothing left of democracy in Turkey"

Culture

Translator Elisabeth Jaquette (left) and Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun (photos: private)

Interview with Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun and translator Elisabeth Jaquette

For the sheer pleasure of reading

The new Aladdin film starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad (source: YouTube; film trailer)

Hollywoodʹs flirtation with 1001 Nights

The Aladdin controversy

Berlinʹs Binooki publishers Inci Burhaniye (left) and Selma Wels in 2012 (photo: Barbara Dietl)

Berlinʹs Binooki publishing house

Cultural rapprochement hamstrung by Erdogan

German-Lebanese author Pierre Jarawan performing at the 16th German Poery Slam Championships in Heidelberg on 17.11.2012 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/U. Anspach)

Book review: Pierre Jarawanʹs "The Storyteller"

Reconciling histories