Electioneering in Turkish Kurdistan
Masters of the blame game
Islam and single-use plastics
Appealing to Indonesia's Muslims
Countdown to the Turkish election
Erdogan beats the nationalist drum
Iran at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Battling on several fronts

Electioneering in Turkish Kurdistan

With elections imminent, the Turkish government and the Kurdish opposition are emphasising their peaceful intentions, yet the Kurdish conflict remains entrenched. A visit to Diyarbakir and Cizre on the Syrian border reveals the deep-seated antagonism and just how far both sides are from a reconciliation. By Ulrich von SchwerinRead more

Islam and single-use plastics

The Indonesian government and Greenpeace have teamed up with Islamic organisations to promote plastic waste reduction. Can including religion make environmental campaigns more effective? By Rizki Nugraha and Ayu PurwaningsihRead more

Countdown to the Turkish election

Elected Mayor of Istanbul in 1994, Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged not blame Turkeyʹs problems on "outside powers, outside forces, or foreigners". Years later, with the weight of the presidency and a struggling currency upon him, that pledge is long gone. By Tom StevensonRead more

Iran at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Iran's participation in the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia – the fifth time the nation has taken part in the competition – should be a joyous occasion for soccer-mad Iranians. But foreign sanctions and domestic restrictions are subduing the celebratory mood. Farid Ashrafian reports Read more

Politics

Turkish soldiers at a checkpoint between Mardin and Cizre (photo: Reuters/Sertar Kayar)

Electioneering in Turkish Kurdistan

Masters of the blame game

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan react during an election rally in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 June 2018 (photo: Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Countdown to the Turkish election

Erdogan beats the nationalist drum

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS/dpa)| Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Comparison: India and Turkey

The Modi-Erdogan parallel

Palestinian protests in Gaza, May 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border

What hope for the Palestinians?

Society

ALT_Tags: Iranian fans at the FIFA World Cup (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Iran at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Battling on several fronts

Greenpeace Indonesia's "Break Free From Plastic" campaign (source: Greenpeace)

Islam and single-use plastics

Appealing to Indonesia's Muslims

Mehdi Benatia in action for AS Rome (photo: UPDATE IMAGES PRESS/Isabella Bonotto)

Moroccoʹs football star Mehdi Benatia

No defence against an own goal

Friendly between Germany and Saudi Arabia on 08.06.2018 – Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan on the bench (photo: Reuters)

Germany's identity crisis

Gundogan and Ozil are not the problem!

Culture

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Iranian artist Shirin Neshat

The many faces of Oum Kulthum

Cemetery of the Halabja massacre victims (photo: AFP/Safin Hamed)

"Visions of Iran": the Iranian Film Festival in Cologne

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Halabja – casting a long shadow

Cover of Khaled Khalifaʹs "Der Tod is ein muehseliges Geschaeft" – Death is an arduous business (published in German by Rowohlt)

Book review: Khaled Khalifaʹs "Der Tod is ein muehseliges Geschaeft"

A funeral cortege through hell