Middle East

Tell me About Your Life

Where do you meet up with you friends? What do you dream of? How did you fall in love? Students from Bethlehem tell about their lives.

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Magic Can Happen

Some say music can change the world. Hip-hop music definitely does, according to Ben Herson.

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Lands of the Arab Spring

The “land question” is raging across the Middle East and North Africa Region.

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Skills and Education for Bali’s Youth

Thinking about Bali, a tropical holiday island comes in mind. But the touristic paradise is not paradisical for its inhabitants at all.

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Escaping the Violence

Young Muslims in Germany grow up caught between two worlds. Some of them resort to violence.

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Interview: "I Try to Break the Taboos"

Female politican Shukira Barakzai talks about enduring traditions, misguided policies and bomb attacks.

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Interview: "A message of Freedom"

Women' soccer in Palestine: Despite the checkpoints and the war, palestinian soccer players pass a message of freedom.

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Schaduf: Edible Green Roofs in Egypt

How to turn Cairos concrete forest into an edible paradise.

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Above the Roofs of Cairo

Urban gardening: How a citizen-led movement transforms Cairo’s rooftops to greenery.

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All You Need Is Love

"Israel loves Iran" - a path to peace in the Middle East?

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Breaking the Silence

Israel: Ex-soldiers talk about the millitary' actions in the West Bank

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Iran - NuclearConflict: Prejudices, Myths and Facts

Is Iran really a threat?

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Is Anyone Listening?

Despite the massacres, silence is no longer possible in Syria.

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Art as a Weapon

Syria: Art can be a weapon when journalists are forced to shut up.

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The Israeli Summer: An Impressive Protest, but Not a Revolution

Protests Israel: A mass movement that refuses to be political

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Libya: Stress Test for the Responsibility to Protect?

Libya: At what point is a development to protect human rights over?

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Iran: From Revolt on the Streets to Resistance on the Net

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Social Media in the Revolution

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Victory By Facebook? - Egypt's Digital Youth Comes of Age

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Social Media and Democratisation in Africa

Mobile, social, innovative: African tools to support democratic processes

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Interview: A Vote-o-Matic for Tunisia

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The Influence of Afghan Media on the Lives of Afghan Women

Media for women in Afghanistan today is like a small candle in a dark circle

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Interview: The Millenial-Generation

Examining the Millenial-Generation: When does adulthood start?

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Boards That Mean the World

What does skating have to do with art?

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A Women’s World: Virtual Offices and Gender Gyms

How social innovation is pioneering a new reality for women across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Afghanistan: Politics, Religion and the Media

What a public service broadcaster could do in Afghanistan

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Army, Brotherhood, and Liberals

The Story of Power Struggle in Egypt: Three parties hold most of the power in Egypt. Who is going to last?

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Commons, Crises, and Tragedies

Managing, using and sustaining resources are social practices. Why we need to talk about the commons when discussing future development and sustainability.

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Displaced in Their Own Country

Thousands of people have left their homes in Iraq to seek refuge. Many continue to stay in the country. What is life like for those internal refugees?

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Baladini – Slow Food for Everyone

Baladini was founded in 2014 to train Egyptian women in artisanal food production. DDD talked to one of the founders.

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Facing the Horror

Northern Iraqi society is coping with trauma of the violence. Civil initiatives offer help.

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Egypt's Green Valley

Bad governance of housing policies poses a great threat to Egypt's food production.

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Generous Envy

The willingness to share depends on different motifs – even envy. Examples from Pakistan, Latin America and the USA.

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Transforming the Face of Beirut

An interview with Beirut’s street artist Yazan Halwani about migration, Lebanon's vibrant culture, and his calligraffiti art.

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Debt and Deprivation

The Syrians finding refuge in Lebanon’s capital Beirut impact the city’s social fabric and economy. UNHCR fights for a better life for everyone.

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Mean Streets

Syrian refugee children sell roses or collect scrap metal on the streets of Beirut. They sacrifice their futures to ensure their families' survival.

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Re-Beirut – The Impulse Generator

Felix and Hans set up their re-beirut.net online platform to feature hands-on ideas for promoting the integration of migrants.

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Much Upgrading, Little Effect?

More than half of Nairobi lives in slums where they face stalled projects and poor service. But improvements could be made.

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The Brightest Colour of Syria

Despite the cruel face of the Syrian war artist Diala Brisly refuses to give up hope. With her art she paints another story.

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Hope Is Contagious

How would you feel leaving home for ever? For Danny Ramadan, a gay Syrian, the decision to flee was never his. It was made for him based on who he loved.

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Civil War Reloaded

25 years ago, these fighters were enemies. Now they have come together with a new goal: maintaining peace in Lebanon. But time is running out.

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No Boundaries, Only Obstacles

Children learn the art of parkour in the Gaza Strip to help them overcome the trauma caused by war and boost their self-esteem.

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Morocco’s Solar Bet

Morocco’s new solar power plants are expected to support 1.1 million people and hopes are high for a boost in job creation. Yet obstacles still remain.

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A Global Option

Ever more sophisticated robots are taking over jobs. Poverty might follow in step. But there is a concept, often derided as socialist utopia that could help.

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