Putin’s new world order
What does the war in Ukraine mean?
LGBTQ+ Pride
Being queer and Arab
Europe’s contempt for refugees' human rights
Draconian punishments for boat people
Cancelling "The Lady of Heaven"
Why the fuss over the Prophet's daughter?

Putin’s new world order

Despite what heads of state may claim, the Russian attack on Ukraine is not a wake-up call for a self-confident Europe that defends its values. The war is accelerating the decline of the old continent and rousing familiar spectres from the past that never really went away. Meanwhile, the Middle East is reprising its not unfamiliar role as an under-reported fringe region. Essay by Stefan BuchenRead more

LGBTQ+ Pride

As Pride Month draws to a close, Richard Marcus delves into Saqi Books’ latest publication, "This Arab is Queer". Edited by Elias Jahshan, this anthology of essays is remarkable for its honesty in addressing what is still a dangerous and controversial subject in many of the writers’ countries of originRead more

The situation of people fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea and seeking protection in European Union member states is characterised by the fact that many of them are intercepted in order to deny them their right to asylum proceedings.

Europe’s contempt for refugees' human rights

At the EU's outer borders, the right of migrants to a fair asylum procedure continues to be systematically disregarded. Take Greece, for example: in the worst case scenario, those shipwrecked may even face a lengthy prison sentence. Alexandra Senfft reports for Qantara.de from SyrosRead more

"The Lady of Heaven" has angered Muslims in Britain because of its portrayal of Fatima al-Zahra, the Prophet Muhammad's daughter.

Cancelling "The Lady of Heaven"

Written by the controversial Kuwaiti Shia preacher, Yasser Habib, the film's plot pursues two threads: one from the Islamic past, the other from the present. The narratives meet when Islamic State seizes vast areas of Iraqi territory. By Shady Lewis BotrosRead more

Politics

File photo: the self-propelled howitzer 2000 is the Bundeswehr's most modern artillery piece (photo: Sven Eckelkamp/IMAGO)

Putin’s new world order

What does the war in Ukraine mean?

Algeria decided to sever relations with its neighbour Morocco on 24 August 2021, accusing Rabat of having "hostile tendencies" towards it (photo: picture-alliance)

Morocco and Algeria

A rivalry stretching back decades

Sri Lankan auto rickshaw drivers queue up to buy petrol near a fuel station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 April 2022 (photo: AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Which country will be next?

Lebanon and Sri Lanka share economic collapse

Photo montage: King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of Tunisia (source: DW)

Western Sahara

Is a gas crisis with Algeria on the horizon for Spain?

Society

Photo montage: Cover of "This Arab is Queer" (published by Saki Books; background photo: picture-alliance)

LGBTQ+ Pride

Being queer and Arab

The defendants in court in Syros on 5 May 2022 (photo: BORDERLINE EUROPE)

Europe’s contempt for refugees' human rights

Draconian punishments for boat people

Saudi women walk past a mural painting showing King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tahliya street in the capital Riyadh on 5 December 2019 (photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP)

Emancipation in the MENA region

The patriarchy is crumbling

Culture

Film poster "The Lady of Heaven" (source: imdb.com)

Cancelling "The Lady of Heaven"

Why the fuss over the Prophet's daughter?

Bishop Esber presides over a Greek Orthodox mass in the monastery at Izraa, in Syrian's southern Hauran province (photo: Lutz Jaekel)

Syria before the war

An exhibition to remember