Global community at a crossroads
The future cost of normalising Assad
Qatar, Israel and the Palestinians
Middle East conflict impacts World Cup
Istanbul's migrant culture
Turkey's megacity is no melting pot
Islam’s conscientious thinkers
People of reason vs. people of the hadith
The way in which the war in Ukraine is resolved will have implications for the Middle East, yet the reverse is also true: developments in Syria will likely calibrate expectations for the possibility of justice in the case of Ukraine.

Global community at a crossroads

Recent efforts to rehabilitate Assad are setting a damaging precedent for accountability, just as the international community is expressing the need to hold Russia to account for similar human rights violations in Ukraine. By Burcu OzcelikRead more

Neither Israel's nor Palestine's footballers qualified for this year’s World Cup, yet the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears present in Qatar.

Qatar, Israel and the Palestinians

With reported hostilities against Israeli journalists and the flag of the Palestinian territories flying on the streets and in the stadiums, it is clear the World Cup in Qatar is not apolitical. By Stefan Nestler and the DW team in QatarRead more

According to Turkey's ministry of trade, there were 416 Syrian-owned restaurants and 119 patisseries spread around the country in 2019. Several of them are located near one of Istanbul's main transportation hubs, Yenikapi Square, and the historical Fatih district.

Istanbul's migrant culture

Istanbulites take pride in being the world’s melting pot and its natural outcome: having a bustling abundance of international cuisine. Visiting restaurants opened by recent migrants is often, however, a step too far. Ayse Karabat reportsRead more

Today’s Muslims have the right to look at this complex Islamic tradition not only with respect but also with critical reason, in order to find the best inspirations they can, to rearticulate Islam for a radically different millennium.

Islam’s conscientious thinkers

Past attempts to reconcile logic and belief within Islam tend to be dismissed today – not because they lack merit, but because they were politically defeated, argues Mustafa AkyolRead more

Politics

Pro-Assad campaing billboards in Damascus, May 2021 (photo: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Global community at a crossroads

The future cost of normalising Assad

Protests in Sudan against Volker Perthes, director of the UN's mission in the country (photo: AA/picture-alliance)

Sudan's path to democratic transition

Will the deal hold?

The controversial "One-Love" armband on the arm of Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) (photo: Mathias Koch/imago images)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Qatar critics and their blind spots

Morocco fans in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar wave a flag of Palestine during celebrations after the Canada v Morocco match as Morocco qualify for the knockout stages (photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Football fans see double standard in stadium politics ban

Society

Morocco's national player Selim Amallah (2nd from left) celebrates with a Palestine flag after reaching the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup (photo: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar, Israel and the Palestinians

Middle East conflict impacts World Cup

Waiter holds a tray of Syrian dishes in a restaurant in Istanbul (photo: Volkan Kisa)

Istanbul's migrant culture

Turkey's megacity is no melting pot

Year 12 girls' class in Afghanistan (photo: Kinderhilfe Afghanistan)

Afghanistan under the Taliban

"Girls continue to attend our schools"

Culture

Adam, the main character, is played by Palestinian actor Tawfeek Barhom (source: Cannes Film Festival)

Cairo Conspiracy a.k.a. Boy From Heaven

Al-Azhar, a Catholic monastery...and the Dalai Lama

Iranian actor Hengameh Ghaziani (source: Instagram)

Iran protests 2022

Female film stars show solidarity

Turkish writer and journalist Nedim Turfent (source: English PEN)

Nedim Turfent’s freedom of speech

Beyond the walls of Van

Scene from the play "The Queen Commanded Him to Forget" by Ofira Henig (photo: Peter Adamik)

Israeli director Ofira Henig

"We don’t give any answers, we ask questions"