Topic: Democracy and civil society

Moroccan Amazigh demonstrate in front of the Moroccan parliament in Rabat on 23 April 2017 to denounce the death of a member of their community during recent clashes at the university of Marrakesh (photo: Reuters/Stringer)

Morocco′s Amazigh

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The long road to recognition

Demonstration poster caught on a barbed wire fence showing Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim and murdered teenager Mustafa Hamdan (photo: picture-alliance/NurPhotos/A. B. Al Kamel)

Bahrain′s slide towards military rule

Tightening the noose

Abdallah Djaballah, leader of the Islamist FJD in front of party headquarters in Algeria (photo: AFP)

Algeria′s Islamists

Grasping at straws

Men reading political party campaign posters on Martyrs′ Square in Algiers on 9 April 2017 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Parliamentary elections in Algeria

It's hardly democracy

Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh (source: H. Saghieh, photo: C. Charafeddine)

Interview with the Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh

More lapdog than watchdog

Protesters in Istanbul demonstrate following announcement of referendum result on 16 April 2017 (photo: AFP Photo/Yasin Akgul)

Erdogan’s post-referendum Turkey

Divided, now rule

Iranian women's rights activist and filmmaker Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh (photo: Facebook)

Interview with Iranian women's rights activist Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

″No woman can be worse than Ahmadinejad″

Protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Arab Spring and Western Winter

Look before you leap!

Syrian opposition delegation headed by Mohammad Alloush (centre) attending the first round of negotiations in Astana, January 2017 (photo: Reuters/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov)

The Syrian conflict

Mendacious diplomacy

French philosopher, essayist and academic Tzvetan Todorov (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)v

On the death of philosopher and essayist Tzvetan Todorov

We are all barbarians

The Medica Afghanistan team (source: medicamondiale.org)

Medica Afghanistan

Fighting sexual violence

Morocco′s King Mohammed VI (photo: DW/Ismail Billawi)

Morocco's monarchy and the conflict with the PJD

All power to the palace

Symbol of peace in Tunisia (photo: AFP/Getty Images/M. Bureau)

Tunisia′s partisan path to transitional justice

The problem with truth

The national flags of Germany and Turkey (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

German-Turkish relations in crisis

Fraying at the edges

Flag bearing the likeness of Syrian dictator Assad outside the Syrian Embassy in Beirut (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The decline of humanism in the Arab world

With an iron fist

Egyptian medic and activist Ahmed Said (photo: private)

Interview with Egyptian activist Ahmed Said

The scorpion's sting

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