USA and Iran
Why the United States is Khamenei’s bogeyman
Facing the Mahdi militias
Iraqi civilians in the firing line
Foreign academics risk arrest in Iran
Tehran's new hostage policy
Greece and the asylum-seekers
How do you solve a problem like Moria?

The mirage of regime change

According to the leadership in Tehran, the USA is driven by an insurmountable hostility towards Iran. But even if Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" seems to confirm this notion, the U.S. government is not pursuing a policy of regime change. By Payam Ghalehdar & Ali Fathollah-NejadRead more

Facing the Mahdi militias

Of all the protests currently in progress around the world, those in Iraq have been the most deadly. But just who exactly is firing on the demonstrators? The question is difficult to answer – and constitutes political dynamite. Birgit Svensson reports from BaghdadRead more

Foreign academics risk arrest in Iran

Political hostage takings are nothing new in Iran. But the detention of several western academics represents a new dimension. There are grounds for suspecting that hardliners in the judiciary, intelligence service and Revolutionary Guard Corps are intent on scuppering talks to salvage the nuclear accord. By Ulrich von SchwerinRead more

Greece and the asylum-seekers

The Greek government has vowed to do something about its overcrowded island migrant camps. Transfers and stricter asylum legislation were meant to provide the answer. But things are not getting much better, as Max Zander reports from the island of LesbosRead more

Politics

An Iranian student holds up a placard bearing the likenesses of Khamenei and Khomeini in front of the former American embassy in Tehran. The background graffiti was painted over in autumn 2019, before the Islamic Republic's 40th anniversary celebrations (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The mirage of regime change

Why the United States is Khamenei’s bogeyman

Anti-government protests on 9 November in Baghdad (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Facing the Mahdi militias

Iraqi civilians in the firing line

In solidarity with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Thomson Reuters project manager detained in Iran: London's Mayor Sadiq Khan and her husband appeal for her release (source: Twitter)

Foreign academics risk arrest in Iran

Tehran's new hostage policy

Moroccan political scientist Hassan Aourid (photo: private)

Interview with the Moroccan thinker Hassan Aourid

Democracy cannot be stopped

Society

Entrance to the Moria camp on Lesbos, Greece (photo: Reuters)

Greece and the asylum-seekers

How do you solve a problem like Moria?

Right-wing PEGIDA extremists demonstrating on 6 February 2016 in Dresden (photo: Reuters/H. Hanschke)

Anti-Muslim racism

Merkel and "the danger of self-Islamisation"

Anti-Islamophobia demonstration in Paris on 10.11.2019 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Islamophobia in France

Muslim women excluded from the headscarf debate

Culture

German writer Guy Helminger in Sanaa, Yemen (photo: Guy Helminger)

Interview with writer Guy Helminger about Yemen

No ulterior motives, just tea

"Morgen sind wir frei" – Tomorrow we'll be free (distributed by Little Dream Pictures)

Film review: Hossein Pourseifi's "Morgen sind wir frei"

Love in the time of revolution

Ahmet Altan graphic (source: DW)

Released from prison

Turkish author Ahmet Altan and the power of words