The Middle East’s fearless protesters

The upheavals of the past year in the MENA region are arguably as momentous as those of the Arab Spring in 2011. Yet perhaps the biggest difference is that our interest seems to have evaporated. Why? Essay by Jannis Hagmann Qantara Read more → / auf Deutsch weiterlesen → / اقرأ بالعربي

„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

„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→

„The Media are PR Machines of the Military“

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 →

Interview with Egyptian Novelist Alaa al-Aswani: „Mubarak’s Regime Remains Intact“

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. published: Qantara Read more →

Interview with Syrian web activist Monis Bukhari: „Never save any data on your own hard drive“

Monis, you are a Syrian online activist. Tech-savvy as you are, you know how to protect yourself. Why did you still have to leave your country? 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„Interview with Syrian web activist Monis Bukhari: „Never save any data on your own hard drive““ weiterlesen

Mitten in der Erwachsenenwelt

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. erschienen in Qantara Weiterlesen » / Read in English »

Der dritte Weg zur Revolution

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 erschienen in: Qantara Weiterlesen » / Read in English » / عربي