„Islam does give us leeway to think“

Muslim and gay? Most scholars consider homosexual acts unlawful – not so Muhsin Hendricks, who says that the Koran does not say that homosexuality is a sin. Jannis Hagmann spoke to the South African imam about Islam, homosexuality and Koranic interpretation. Qantara Read more → / auf Deutsch weiterlesen →

„Vom Kasbah zum Taksim“

Ich durfte den inhaltlichen Input zu einer Veranstaltung der Neuköllner Oper Berlin liefern: „Basierend auf den Interviews des Journalisten Jannis Hagmann mit zwei Aktivisten der sogenannten „Arabellion“ aus Tunesien und der Türkei wagen wir einen szenisch-musikalischen Brückenschlag zwischen diesen beiden Polen.“ Szenische Lesung: Regula Steiner-Tomic & Danilo Andres Sepulveda Cofre Musik: Begüm Tüzemen (voc) &„„Vom Kasbah zum Taksim““ weiterlesen

„You’re allowed to be a Salafist in Germany“

Hundreds of people from Germany have gone to Syria to join the jihad. Benno Köpfer of the German domestic intelligence service explains what radicalises young people, why not all Salafists agree with the ISIS caliphate and why he drinks the occasional tea with some of them. (Foto: Jonathan Rashad) Qantara Read more → / auf„„You’re allowed to be a Salafist in Germany““ weiterlesen

„The Syria crisis is legitimising Putin“

Russia’s backing of Bashar al-Assad and his regime is a geopolitical game, says Stefan Meister, expert in Russian foreign and security policy. Above all, however, Vladimir Putin is benefitting domestically from his Syria policy. The confrontation with the West is making him a key figure in world politics. Interview by Jannis Hagmann Qantara Read more„„The Syria crisis is legitimising Putin““ weiterlesen

„Western journalists tend to treat locals as assistants“

Seasoned reporter Lara Setrakian quit a coverted job as a Middle East correspondent to co-found the online news site, Syria Deeply. The portal is dedicated to a single topic – the conflict in Syria – and has an innovative approach to news gathering. It serves as a landing page for pertinent news on the conflict,„„Western journalists tend to treat locals as assistants““ weiterlesen

Carol Mansour’s „Not Who We Are“: Lost Time in Lebanon

The stigma of being refugees, the lack of privacy and an uncertain future – these are just some of the problems that Syrian women face in Lebanon. The renowned filmmaker Carol Mansour tells their stories in her touching documentary „Not Who We Are“. (Foto: Forward Film Production) Qantara Read more→/Weiterlesen→