A new media start-up seeks to counter the warped portrayal of Islam. The digital television channel Alchemiya intends to showcase only positive content. Sounds a bit cheesy? Perhaps it is, says Jannis Hagmann, but it just might be a smart business idea and one that will catch on.
Larissa Bender’s „Innenansichten aus Syrien“ (Inside Views from Syria) is a compilation of very personal accounts written by Syrian authors. It provides a subjective but precious insight into a life that outsiders can hardly imagine.
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)
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, combining original reporting from the field with aggregated material. It also includes a plethora of digital storytelling tools from interactive maps and timelines to SoundCloud commentary and tweets.
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“.
EGYPT After being dismissed from the newspaper Egypt Independent, editor-in-chief Lina Attalah founded the alternative news website Mada Masr. Egyptian media are in „a very precarious condition“, she says – and calls for a new kind of critical journalism.(Photo: Thomas Leuthard/Creative Commons) Qantara Read More / Weiterlesen →
According to Egypt’s renowned novelist Alaa al-Aswani, the Muslim Brothers‘ rule was a lesson for the country. „The idea of political Islam is now falling apart,“ al-Aswani asserts in this interview with Jannis Hagmann. But now, he warns, Mubarak’s regime may try to take power again.
There was a spy in my activist group. I had reported some information to the Los Angeles Times and sent them photos and video footage about what happened in Damascus. That spy actually lived in the same house, an activist house in Damascus. He reported everything about me and my friends to the security forces. They wanted to catch me in order to kill me. (Photo: Khalid Albaih)
SAUDI-ARABIEN „Wadjda“ ist der erste saudische Spielfilm, bei dem eine Frau Regie führte. Trotz Unterstützung aus der Königsfamilie konnte das saudisch-deutsche Filmteam nur unter schwierigen Bedingungen filmen. Doch herausgekommen ist eine rührende Geschichte – und eine differenzierte Kritik an der saudischen Gesellschaft.
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MUSEUM With his excavations in Samarra, the German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld founded „Islamic Archaeology“. On the 101st anniversary of his excavations in the city, which is situated in modern-day Iraq, a special exhibition marking his work has opened its doors in Berlin.
By Jannis Hagmann
HIP-HOP Der Sampler „Khat Thaleth“ bringt unbequeme Künstler und Musiker von Syrien bis Tunesien zusammen. Sie rappen über die Revolution, haben aber nicht immer nur Sympathie für die Aufständischen und die neuen Regierungen in ihren Ländern. Von Jannis Hagmann