War reporting
Facts must be respected – even in Syria!
The headscarf debate
Don't ban – educate and emancipate!
Social inequality in the Arab world
There is no state in Lebanon
Birgit Svensson's "Murderous Freedom"
Between heaven and hell – fifteen years in Iraq

War reporting

Amid the increasing complexity of the Syrian conflict, a growing number of "critical citizens" are assigning greater credibility to conspiracy theories on the Internet than to UN investigations that are required to meet scientific standards. Essay by Kristin HelbergRead more

The headscarf debate

Why resort to bans on specific religious practices, when we live in an age and a form of society where one can open oneself to permanent processes of education? If piety and self-determination are to be brought into line with a liberal, democratic society, argues Emel Zeynelabidin, then other measures must be appliedRead more

Social inequality in the Arab world

Poverty is more than a lack of money, as the World Bank definition confirms. Moreover, it is harder to bear in countries where social inequality is more marked and individuals have less chance of social advancement. Mona Naggar recounts her observations from living in BeirutRead more

Birgit Svensson's biographical account "Murderous Freedom"

Journalist Birgit Svensson arrived in Iraq in 2003 and never left, enjoying the dubious status of being the only German-language reporter in the country for much of the time since. Recently published in German, "Moerderische Freiheit" recounts her experiences, offering insights into Iraq that go beyond terrorism and war. By Christopher ReschRead more

Politics

French television reporters interview Syriaʹs President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus (photo: Reuters/Sana)

War reporting

Facts must be respected – even in Syria!

German journalist and author Birgt Svensson (source: screengrab, SWR mediathek)

Birgit Svensson's biographical account "Murderous Freedom"

Between heaven and hell – fifteen years in Iraq

Protester wearing a mask of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman demonstrates outside the Saudi Arabian embassy over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, 10 October 2018, in Washington (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/J. Martin)

The world according to Mohammed bin Salman

Prove your loyalty, Saudis – deny reality

Society

Georges Gerges, 90, nicknamed "Captain' feeds his cats at the corner of a street in the industrial zone of Dora on the northern outskirts of Beirut on 8 November 2017 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/J. Eid)

Social inequality in the Arab world

There is no state in Lebanon

Symbolic image for headscarf debate: Primary schoolgirl with headscarves in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The headscarf debate

Don't ban – educate and emancipate!

Portrait of a blue-eyed woman wearing a niqab (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/P. Ending)

Salafism in Germany

Iʹll wear a niqab if I want

Culture

"Human Cargo" installation (photo: DW/W. Dick)

"Human Cargo" art project

Plumbing the depths of refugee pain

Turkish singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol (photo: Aylin Gungor)

Album review: Gaye Su Akyolʹs "Istikrarl Hayal Hakikattir"

Singing the revolution

Algerian film-maker Drifa Mezenner (source: Fcebook; Drifa Mezenner)

Algerian film-maker Drifa Mezenner on the generation gap

"Inshallah, if God lets us live that long"

The Christian Tony (Adel Karam) in Ziad Doueiriʹs film "The Insult" (source: Alpenrepublik Filmverleih)

Ziad Doueiriʹs film "The Insult"

A microcosm of Lebanese society