Interview with Nadiah Bamadhaj
Freeing the body from conservatism
Mass protests in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq
Is this the Arab Spring 2.0?
Interview with Rabih Mroué
"First, they all have to go. And all means all"
Turkish writer Ahmet Altan
Literature is more powerful than tyranny

Interview with Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj

One of the most relevant Malaysian artists of her generation, Yogyakarta-based Nadiah Bamadhaj uses sculpture, drawing, collage and video to challenge the restrictive societal norms in Southeast Asian countries and explore body politics. Interview by Naima MorelliRead more

Mass protests in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq

Nearly a decade after the Arab Spring fizzled out, a new wave of protests has swept across the Middle East and North Africa. What is different this time – and will the protesters get what they want? By Marwan MuasherRead more

Interview with Lebanese director Rabih Mroué

The Lebanese director Rabih Mroué explains why a tax on WhatsApp led to an outbreak of mass protests in his country. And also why the government has until now refrained from using force. Rabih Mroue talked to Till BrieglebRead more

Imprisoned Turkish writer Ahmet Altan

Unable to travel to Munich to attend the presentation ceremony for his Geschwister-Scholl Prize, writer Ahmet Altan penned a message against hatred and nationalism from his prison cell in Turkey. Read out by his close friend Yasemin Congar, it formed his acceptance speechRead more

Politics

A student protester holds up a placard outside the Lebanese Ministry of Education in Beirut on 7 November 2019 (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/H. Malla)

Mass protests in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq

Is this the Arab Spring 2.0?

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Sudan's premier Abdalla Hamdok give a press conference in Khartoum on 03.09.2019 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/K. Nietfeld

Horn of Africa

Give Sudan's fledgling democracy the support it deserves!

Lebanese author Amin Maalouf (photo: Imago Images/IPA/N. Zonna)

Interview with Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf

Petrodollars proved stronger in the Middle East than cultural tradition

Society

Arrested Turkish writer Ahmet Altan (source: S. Fischer Verlag)

Imprisoned Turkish writer Ahmet Altan

Literature is more powerful than tyranny

"Ahlan Simsim" children's TV programme by Sesame Workshop and the IRC (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Processing child trauma in the Middle East

Sesame Street's new trio of refugee puppets

A family committed suicide in this Antalya apartment block on 09.11.2019 (photo: DHA/A. Cinar)

Erdogan's economic crisis

Plumbing the depths of despair in Turkey

Culture

Interview with Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj

Freeing the body from conservatism

Lebanese director Rabih Mroué (source: YouTube)

Interview with Lebanese director Rabih Mroué

"First, they all have to go. And all means all"

A fresco by Lebanese-Egyptian artist Bahia Shebab on the Greek island of Kefalonia (photo: Bahia Shebab/DW)

Berlin's "A New Divan"

Goethe's enduring vision of cultural dialogue

Turkish author Asli Erdogan (photo: PEN International)

Smear campaign against Turkish author Asli Erdogan

"The things I didn’t say"