Elections in Iran
Khamenei shuts down opposition ahead of upcoming ballot
India's farmers vs. Narendra Modi
"Modi and the BJP are destroying the country"
Democratic disappointments in Algeria
How can the Hirak meet Algerians' democratic needs?
Israeli-Palestinian dialogue
Israel, Palestine – and nuance as the moral imperative

Elections in Iran

In the run up to Iran’s presidential election, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has sought to entrench his power. Alex Vatanka asks whether a sharp slump in voter turnout will reveal the extent of popular discontentRead more

Indian farmers protest in Mumbai.

India's farmers vs. Narendra Modi

In India, hundreds of thousands of farmers are fighting doggedly against laws passed by Narendra Modi’s government to liberalise agriculture. In a nationwide campaign, more than forty farmers’ organisations have called on Indian voters to deny the ruling BJP party their votes in future elections. Dominik Muller reportsRead more

Democratic disappointments in Algeria

Saturday's historically low election turnout was a reflection of Algerians' ongoing frustration with the political status quo. Faced with mounting state repression, however, the likelihood of the Hirak evolving from popular protest movement into a significant opposition force appears slim. By Ilhem RachidiRead more

16 May 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands: a Black woman seen holding a placard over her head against colonialism during a demonstration. In Amsterdam thousands of Dutch people gathered at the Dam Square in Amsterdam to condemn the Israeli attacks and the forced evictions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli-Palestinian dialogue

As someone accustomed to presenting his country to interested outsiders, Israeli teacher and tour guide Noam Yatsiv makes the case for a more nuanced appreciation of the historical circumstances in Israel/Palestine, deeming it a "moral obligation" of European observersRead more

Politics

 20 March 2021, Tehran: Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a televised Persian New Year message to the nation (photo: © Iranian Supreme Leader's Office/ZUMA Wire)

Elections in Iran

Khamenei shuts down opposition ahead of upcoming ballot

Algerian voters in Tunisia arrive to the Tunisian Embassy of Algeria to cast their votes ahead of the early general elections scheduled for 12 June, in the capital Tunis, Tunisia on 10 June 2021 (photo: Yassine Gaidi / Anadolu Agency)

Democratic disappointments in Algeria

How can the Hirak meet Algerians' democratic needs?

Indian farmers protest in Mumbai (photo: Reuters)

India's farmers vs. Narendra Modi

"Modi and the BJP are destroying the country"

16 May 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands: a Black woman seen holding a placard over her head against colonialism during a demonstration. In Amsterdam thousands of Dutch people gathered at the Dam Square in Amsterdam to condemn the Israeli attacks and the forced evictions of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem (photo: Ana Fernandez/Zumo Wire/imago images)

Israeli-Palestinian dialogue

Israel, Palestine – and nuance as the moral imperative

Society

View of Tangier's harbour promenade (photo: Karima Ahdad)

COVID-19 fallout in Morocco

Tangiers' economic boom – few winners and many losers

Vigil for the recent Middle East conflict in Marburg (photo: Oliver Pieper/DW)

Co-existence and the Middle East conflict

Jews and Muslims find common ground in small-town Germany

Culture

30.05.2017., Zagreb, Croatia - The European Short Story Festival - Reading and FESS Short Story Award Ceremony. Hassan Blasim (photo: Tomislav Miletic/PIXSELL)

Book review: Hassan Blasim's "God 99"

A different sort of sacred

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2021 (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Literary power politics

Spotlight on the UAE's 30th Abu Dhabi Book Fair

UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Old City of Sana'a in Yemen (photo: picture-alliance/epa/Y. Arhab)

Book review: Threa Almontaser's "The Wild Fox of Yemen"

An emotional landscape of subtle complexity

The Iranian-German poet SAID in 2006 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/dpa-zentralbild/M. Schulte)

Obituary: Iranian-German poet SAID

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