Martyr for a free Syria
Remembering Raed Fares
Interview with Omid Nouripour
"The Europeans lack courage"
Facing the Mahdi militias
Iraqi civilians in the firing line
USA and Iran
Why the United States is Khamenei’s bogeyman

Martyr for a free Syria

On 23 November 2018, Syrian activist and civil society leader Raed Fares was shot dead by gunmen in Kafranbel, Idlib province. Committed to building a free press, empowering women and establishing the foundations for a democratic society, he left a legacy to inspire generations of activists. By Marta VidalRead more

Interview with Omid Nouripour on the protests in Iran

Iran's President Rouhani has declared the violent protests in the country, which have lasted for days, to be over. Omid Nouripour, foreign policy spokesman of the German Green party, regards the USA, but also the Europeans, as being partially responsible for the current situation. Interview by Christoph HasselbachRead more

Facing the Mahdi militias

Of all the protests currently in progress around the world, those in Iraq have been the most deadly. But just who exactly is firing on the demonstrators? The question is difficult to answer – and constitutes political dynamite. Birgit Svensson reports from BaghdadRead more

The mirage of regime change

According to the leadership in Tehran, the USA is driven by an insurmountable hostility towards Iran. But even if Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" seems to confirm this notion, the U.S. government is not pursuing a policy of regime change. By Payam Ghalehdar & Ali Fathollah-NejadRead more

Politics

Omid Nouripour, foreign policy spokesman for Germany's Green party (photo: Imago/Jurgen Heinrich)

Interview with Omid Nouripour on the protests in Iran

"The Europeans lack courage"

An Iranian student holds up a placard bearing the likenesses of Khamenei and Khomeini in front of the former American embassy in Tehran. The background graffiti was painted over in autumn 2019, before the Islamic Republic's 40th anniversary celebrations (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The mirage of regime change

Why the United States is Khamenei’s bogeyman

Anti-government protests on 9 November in Baghdad (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Facing the Mahdi militias

Iraqi civilians in the firing line

Moroccan political scientist Hassan Aourid (photo: private)

Interview with the Moroccan thinker Hassan Aourid

Democracy cannot be stopped

Society

Murdered Syrian activist and journalist Raed Fares (photo: Radio Fresh)

Martyr for a free Syria

"Ideas cannot be killed with weapons" – remembering Raed Fares

Entrance to the Moria camp on Lesbos, Greece (photo: Reuters)

Greece and the asylum-seekers

How do you solve a problem like Moria?

Right-wing PEGIDA extremists demonstrating on 6 February 2016 in Dresden (photo: Reuters/H. Hanschke)

Anti-Muslim racism

Merkel and "the danger of self-Islamisation"

Anti-Islamophobia demonstration in Paris on 10.11.2019 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Islamophobia in France

Muslim women excluded from the headscarf debate

Culture

Germany's Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (photo: picutre-alliance/dpa/S. Hoppe)

Germany's Literaturkfestival

Dissecting the toxic concept of Heimat

German writer Guy Helminger in Sanaa, Yemen (photo: Guy Helminger)

Interview with writer Guy Helminger about Yemen

No ulterior motives, just tea

"Morgen sind wir frei" – Tomorrow we'll be free (distributed by Little Dream Pictures)

Film review: Hossein Pourseifi's "Morgen sind wir frei"

Love in the time of revolution

Ahmet Altan graphic (source: DW)

Released from prison

Turkish author Ahmet Altan and the power of words