Freedom of the press in Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightens the media thumbscrews
Mahmoud Abbas – and the UN
The Palestinian ultimatum
Sex education in the Arab world
Let's talk about sex, habibi!
"Female Voice of Afghanistan"
Afghan women raise their voices against trauma

Freedom of the press in Turkey

Critics are in for a rough ride: in future, opposition media in Turkey that receives funding from abroad will have to disclose all sources of income. Journalists' associations fear a further attack on press freedoms. By Hilal KoyluRead more

Joe Biden, Mahmoud Abbas – and the UN

By issuing an ultimatum before the UN General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hoped to shake the U.S. from its complacency and force Israel to engage in real negotiations to end its occupation of Palestinian lands. With Palestinians losing patience, the alternative is an upsurge in violence, writes Daoud KuttabRead more

Nour Emam from Egypt runs online awareness courses and maintains an Instragram channel under the name thisismotherbeing for women from the Middle East.

Sex education in the Arab world

Sex education – taboo in the Middle East. Or is it? Thanks to social media, millions these days are daring to ask everything about "it". Jennifer Holleis has the detailsRead more

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival

The streaming festival "Female Voice of Afghanistan" by the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin gives Afghan female musicians a global platform – at a time when their situation has worsened dramatically. Stefan Franzen reports for Qantara.deRead more


Archive image: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, shake hands for the press at the presidential compound in Ramallah, West Bank, 9 March 2016 (photo: Debbie Hill/AP Photo/picture-alliance)

Joe Biden, Mahmoud Abbas – and the UN

The Palestinian ultimatum

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi at the polling station (photo: Khalid Mohammed/AA/picture-alliance)

Parliamentary elections in Iraq

Change or political stagnation in Baghdad?

One of the destroyed car windows, in the background the village of Mufkara (photo: Inge Gunther)

Attack on West Bank village Mufkara

Militant settlers sow the seeds of violence


Secular opposition members in front of a court in Egypt, 22.03.2013 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Sarhan Dhouib's "Erinnerungen an Unrecht"

Memories of injustice – for the liberation of Arab identity

Sex worker on the street in Tehran, Iran (photo: Mehr)

Prostitution in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Open-minded, loving... and desperate


Palestinian cultural consultant and actress Huda al Imam watches her film "Ave Maria", which is part of the new "Palestinian Stories" collection launched on Netflix, at her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, Jerusalem, 14 October 2021 (photo: Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Netflix launches Palestinian film collection

"We want our stories to travel"

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival poster (photo: Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin)

"Female Voice of Afghanistan" streaming festival

Afghan women raise their voices against trauma

Iranian-German author Siba Shakib (photo: Giacomo Terracciano)

Interview with Iranian-German author Siba Shakib

"The notion of home is bound up with loss"

Subay in front of his street painting in Paris in November 2019 (photo: AP Photo/picture-alliance)

Berlin's Human Rights Film Festival

"Yemen's Banksy" – Murad Subay creates art against war