Syria and the Arab world
Assad's return to the fold
First ever antidiscrimination chatbot
Meta: standing up to racism
Russia, Israel and the Syrian conflict
Curbing Iran's influence
Etel Adnan, Lebanese American poet and artist
A woman full of questions and innocence

Syria and the Arab world

Despite Syria's lengthy civil war, dictator Bashar al-Assad is now being courted by many governments in the Middle East as if nothing ever happened. The reasons for this vary. By Thore SchroederRead more

First ever antidiscrimination chatbot

Former lawyer Said Haider has invented a chatbot for those seeking advice on anti-discrimination issues – Meta is the first chatbot of its kind in the world. In conversation with Qantara.de, Haider talks about the development of Meta, his experience of discrimination and Meta's future prospectsRead more

"Language as clear as water, reflecting the depths of our souls and calling to them."

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American poet and artist

Etel Adnan, the artist who transcended the borders of culture and language, may have died in Paris, writes Lebanese author Elias Khoury, yet her death holds a mirror up to the stifling rhythm of what Beirut has become. Indeed, every death now seems a metaphor for the death of BeirutRead more

Politics

Assad meets Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan (photo: SANA/AP Photo/picture-alliance)

Syria and the Arab world

Assad's return to the fold

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (photo: Biro Pers Sekretariat Presiden/Lukas)

Indonesia's good governance

The genius of Jokowi

Turkey's Nation Alliance opposition leaders: Republican People's Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kilicdaroglu (left) and populist Good Party (IYI) chair Meral Aksener (photo: DHA)

Turkey

Joint Kurdish plan? Turkish opposition hope for election boost

Society

Former lawyer Said Haider and Meta initiator (photo: private)

First ever antidiscrimination chatbot

Meta: standing up to racism

Benjamin Idriz is imam of the Islamic community in Penzberg and chairman of the "Munich Forum for Islam" (photo: Astrid Schmidhuber/imago images)

Islam in Germany

Imam Idriz – "We need to allow controversial discussion"

Rasha Abdullah al-Harazi (left) was a passionate photographer, says her friend Asma A., who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons (photo: private)

War in Yemen

Death to journalists

Protest against femicide and violence against women in Istanbul (in March): Increase in murders.

Murder of women in Turkey

Femicide requires harsher sentencing

Culture

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American poet and artist (photo: Pierre René-Worms/RFI)

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American poet and artist

A woman full of questions and innocence

Arabist and author Tim Mackintosh-Smith (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith

"Reading Arabic is a bit like playing chess"

Catalan-Moroccan author Najat El Hachmi (photo: Orlanda Verlag)

Najat El Hachmi’s "La filla estrangera"

An irrepressible desire for freedom