Prince Bandar's World: The Man Behind the Scenes in Saudi Arabia

Prince Bandar's World The Man Behind the Scenes in Saudi Arabia

He has negotiated weapons deals and instigated armed conflicts: Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan is one of the most influential men behind the scenes in global politics. His job is to increase the kingdom's influence in the world. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

A Wall Worse than Trump's: European Policies Create New Dangers on Mediterranean

A Wall Worse than Trump's European Policies Create New Dangers on Mediterranean

In just a few years, the dreams of European immigration hardliners have become reality on the Mediterranean. Volunteer sea rescue operations have been shut down, and the route across the sea is more dangerous than ever. By Steffen Lüdke, Maximilian Popp, Jan Puhl and Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]


Brewing Conflict: Protests in Hong Kong Unlikely to Yield Results

Brewing Conflict Protests in Hong Kong Unlikely to Yield Results

Resistance to a planned extradition law has enlivened the opposition in Hong Kong after several years of placidity. But the danger of confrontation with Beijing is real and neither side seems ready for compromise. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The Voice of Beijing: China's Expanding Media Dominance in Africa

The Voice of Beijing China's Expanding Media Dominance in Africa

Chinese state television is gaining influence in Africa. But while the media outlets involved officially claim their journalism is independent, those who work for the companies tell a different story. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]


Tolerance in Thailand Confronting Reality in a Transgender Paradise

Thailand is widely considered a paradise of transgender acceptance. But the realities of life as a so-called "ladyboy" don't always reflect that reputation. We spoke with three members of the transgender community there to get a clearer picture. By Stefan Schultz more...

The Downfall of Andrea Nahles: A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman

The Downfall of Andrea Nahles A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman

Andrea Nahles had hoped to rejuvenate Germany's Social Democratic Party. But after just over a year as party chair, she threw in the towel amid an unceasing storm of criticism. What went wrong? By Lena Niethammer more... Comment ]


Apocalypse Now: A Moroccan Oasis Struggles with Climate Change

Apocalypse Now A Moroccan Oasis Struggles with Climate Change

Droughts, sandstorms and flash flooding: In the southern Moroccan oasis M'Hamid El Ghizlane, the effects global warming is likely to have on the Mediterranean region can already be observed today. By Raphael Thelen more...

Syrian Refugees The Challenges of Starting a New Life in Jordan

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians fled the violence in their homeland to Jordan. Many still live in camps while others have tried to start new lives in the city. Here, they speak of the challenges they face. By Franziska Tschinderle and Bradley Secker (photos) more...