Not so splendid isolation
Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare
Berlinale 2019: "Born in Evin"
Confronting a very personal trauma
The Republic of Iran turns forty
A theocracy at the crossroads
"Fortschritt im Tal der Ahnungslosen"
Questing for a lost homeland

Not so splendid isolation

Turkey’s emergence as a regional power has provoked suspicion, shaking the balance of power in the Middle East and beyond. As a result, relations with many regional players have deteriorated over the last decade. With diplomatic ties to the West currently at an historic low, is Turkey likely to end up out on a limb? By Stasa SalacaninRead more

Berlinale 2019: "Born in Evin"

When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in Iran in 1979, he persecuted his opponents with severity. Maryam Zaree was born in a prison for political prisoners. With her film "Born in Evin" she breaks her silence. By Laura DoingRead more

The Republic of Iran turns forty

In its 40th year, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in a state of disintegration, says one of the country's strategists. The theocracy has arrived at a crossroads and the world cannot be indifferent to its future direction. Essay by Ali SadrzadehRead more

Berlinale 2018: "Fortschritt im Tal der Ahnungslosen"

In the "Valley of the Clueless" in Saxony, where Arab contract workers were once employed alongside GDR factory workers, East Germans and refugees meet for a peculiar trip down memory lane. Rene Wildangel reports from this year's BerlinaleRead more

Politics

President of Turkey and ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Getty Images/A. Altan)

Not so splendid isolation

Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare

The Taliban at the Moscow talks on 09.11.2019 (photo: picture-alliance/Sputnik/Astapkovich/dpa)

Negotiating peace with the Taliban

Any deal will do

Supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran (photo: picture-alliance/AP/V. Salemi)

The Republic of Iran turns forty

A theocracy at the crossroads

The 212 Alumni: thousands of Muslim hardliners protested on 2 December 2016 over Ahokʹs alleged blasphemy. Here presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto can be seen signing 212 during the commemoration of the ʹ212 Alumniʹ demonstration in Jakarta on 02.12.2018 (photo: picture-alliance/NurPhoto/A. Raharjo)

Abusing blasphemy legislation

Indonesia's slide towards identity politics

Society

Women protesting in Kabul (photo: DW/H. Sirat)

Peace talks with the Taliban

Where are Afghanistan's women?

Beer from the mostly Christian village of Taybeh in the West Bank (photo: picture-alliance/Nur Photo/M. Alhaj)

Beer from the Holy Land

Kosher and halal

Statue of Frederick the Great at Zinna Monastery (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Book review: Joseph Croitoru's "Die Deutschen und der Orient"

Between contempt and fascination

Opening of the African community centre in Jerusalem in 1996 attended by the author (photo: private)

Jerusalemʹs Africans

Alienation and counter-alienation

Culture

German actress, film-maker and author Aryam Zaree (photo: Stefan Kluter)

Berlinale 2019: "Born in Evin"

Confronting a very personal trauma

Trailer of Florian Kunertʹs "Fortschritt im Tal der Ahnungslosen" (source: YouTube)

Berlinale 2018: "Fortschritt im Tal der Ahnungslosen"

Questing for a lost homeland

Palestinian-British singer Reem Kelani (photo: Alexia Villard)

Album review: Reem Kelaniʹs "Why Do I Love Her?"

Sweet discomfort

Egyptian artist Soad Abdelrasoul at her exhibition opening in Cairo's Mashrabiya Gallery (photo: Jacob Wirtschafter)

Portrait of the Egyptian artist Soad Abdelrasoul

Creating her own universe