ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Freedom of Speech or "Extremism"? Lukashenko's ongoing crack-down on independent media in Belarus

In 2021, Belarus ranked 158 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index. This article highlights five Belarusian media whose editors or entire outlets were declared extremists ...

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Neon Letters on a dark background saying "Love thy Neighbor"

Liberalism under attack

Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Narendra Modi in India and Donald Trump in the United States: all three have undermined liberal institutions. The left has also accused liberalism of a lack of ...

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Those who disobey go to prison – "Iranian women need the world's help"

The current protests in Iran were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Morality Police officers outside a Metro Station in Teheran and died in custody ...

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Escaping the chains of debt

In Pakistan, the poor turn to a sophisticated network of philanthropists to avoid the shame of borrowing from family and friends.

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The catwalk with a difference: adaptive fashion comes to Azerbaijan

An enterprising student and a designer want to make attractive clothes that disabled people can wear – and model too

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Upgrade to the Metaverse?

For the ifa Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy" Manouchehr Shamsrizi explores the potential of video games and so-called metaverses for Germany's foreign cultural and ...

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John Sley Pierre, Black and Committed

On a promising sunny morning, activists from across Haiti’s civil society gathered where once slaves cut cane. They had come to discuss the rights of Black people around the world. 

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People demonstrating at a Black Lives Matter protest, their signs saying "No justice, no peace".

"Where do we stand now?"

Discrimination, hate crime, equality: Where was progress seen over the past years and what more needs to be done?

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Where it’s not just the earth which quakes

Crime, natural disasters, assassinations of presidents: Haiti is in a never-ending political crisis. What is Germany undertaking to support this country politically? Jens Kraus-Massé ...

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