Country: Iraq

Still from "A Dragon Arrives", one of this year's Berlinale entries, by Iranian director Mani Haghighi (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Berlinale/Abbas Kosari)

Germany′s Berlinale

Where film meets reality

Massoud Barzani, president of the autonomous region of Kurdistan (photo: Maurizio Gambarini/dpa)

Iraqi Kurdistan in political and economic crisis

Barzani′s sinking ship

The English author of detective novels, Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) (photo: Getty Images)

Agatha Christie and the Orient

When murder came to Mesopotamia

The political sociologist Bilgin Ayata (photo: private)

Turkey: interview with Bilgin Ayata

No haven for refugees

Palestinian author and publisher Abdel Bari Atwan (photo: picture-alliance/photoshot)

Islamic State

Know your enemy

"Harun al Rashid receives envoys from Charlemagne, 786" by Julius Koeckert 1864 (owned by the Maximilianeum in Munich)

Caliphs and assassins

Between myth and reality

Caricature by Abdul Raheem Yassir: jihadist with time fuse – symbolic of all-out destruction, including of himself (photo: Abdul Raheem Yassir)

Caricaturists in Iraq

Walking a satirical tightrope

Experts track down stolen art from Syria and Iraq

"This tortoise could save a life" (source: YouTube)

Save the Children and the Refugee Council

wecarenauru.org (source: we carenauru.org)

wecarenauru.org

Australia appeal

Kurdish singer Helly Luv (photo: Getty Images/Safin Hamed)

Helly Luv: Revolution

Female Kurdish singer rallies the troops

Middle Eastern wasteland (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Geopolitics in the Middle East

A new century dawns

Kurds celebrate the re-taking of Kobani (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/str)

Islamic State

A year of territorial losses

Pro-women's rights demonstration in Aden (photo: DW/N. Alyousefi)

Violence against women

Young Arab men fight for women′s rights

Demonstration against the Assad regime (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

IS: the winners and the losers

The time is ripe for Bashar and his cronies

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