Algerian human rights activist Rabah Arkam
Algeria's protesters continue their "Revolution of Smiles"
Caught between tradition and modernity
Will ancient poet Hafez win the "soft war" in Iran?
Dispute about the temple to Lord Ram in Ayodhya
The end of India's post-colonial consensus
Beyond the hackneyed Syrian refugee trope
Engage with our work, not our biographies

Interview with human rights activist Rabah Arkam

The coronavirus pandemic brought mass pro-democracy protests in Algeria to an abrupt end. Exploiting the distraction engendered by the health crisis, the new Algerian government has launched a crackdown on opponents and activists. Can the new constitution be instrumental in bringing about change? Elisa Rheinheimer-Chabbi spoke to Algerian-American human rights activist Rabah ArkamRead more

Shiraz was Iran's Book Capital of 2020. The poet Hafez was born here in 1315.

Caught between tradition and modernity

Iran is far more modern than many people realise: our view is clouded by media distortion and the overriding political narrative. The nation’s historic and cultural riches are often overlooked. A declaration of love for Iran by Marian BrehmerRead more

Dispute about the temple to Lord Ram in Ayodhya

With the construction of a controversial Hindu temple in the city of Ayodhya, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is marginalising the Muslim community. With his rhetoric, he is intentionally breaking with the post-colonial legacy of the Indian independence movement that saw India as a secular, multi-faith state. By Dominik MüllerRead more

Beyond the hackneyed Syrian refugee trope

Since 2015 there has been a surge of interest in Syrian writing in German translation. In this series of interviews, writers, poets, publishers, and artists in Berlin talk about their experience with the publishing industry in Germany and beyond. By Mari OdoyRead more

Politics

Algiers: protests against the Algerian president (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/F. Batiche)

Interview with human rights activist Rabah Arkam

Algeria's protesters continue their "Revolution of Smiles"

Hoping to get across the border to Croatia and then to Germany: Raheel Zafar (left) from Pakistan and fellow migrants (photo: Marina Strauss/DW)

EU migration policy

Refugees face hopeless situation in Bosnia & Herzegovina

People watch a TV broadcast of Narendra Modi leading the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony in Ayodhya (photo: Getty Images/AFP/P. Singh)

Dispute about the temple to Lord Ram in Ayodhya

The end of India's post-colonial consensus

Favourite to win the presidential election: Sadyr Zhaparov

Kyrgyzstan elections

Zhaparov's seduction of the people

Society

Screenshot from the "India Love Project" on Instagram (source: https://www.instagram.com/indialoveproject/?hl=en)

The "India Love Project" on Instagram

Fighting hate with love

French President Emmanuel Macron with the Lebanese singer Nouhad Haddad, known as Fairouz, Beirut, 1 September 2020 (photo: Soazig de la Moissonniere/Présidence de la République)

Culture and innovation in the Arab world

Where are the new Arab icons?

Televangelist Adnan Oktar (C) and other suspects are brought to the Haseki Training and Research Hospital May 29 Additional Service Building in order to send to court in Istanbul, Turkey on July 18, 2018. The number of arrests in connection with a controversial televangelist rose to 179 as police in Turkey searched for those with suspected links to his cult-like organisation (photo: Isa Terli / Anadolu Agency)

Turkey

Sect leader Adnan Oktar – 1,000 years for sex crimes

Culture

Symbolic image of refugees (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Beyond the hackneyed Syrian refugee trope

Engage with our work, not our biographies

Screenshot from a video by Laxmi Dubey  (source: YouTube/Laxmi Dubey/Screenshot)

Hindu nationalism in India

India's hate-filled "saffron pop"