ifa blog

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

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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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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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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Sablettes beach in Algiers. The pace of illegal migration has intensified, despite prison terms of six months for those arrested by the coastguard. Photograph: Zineb Bettayeb

'I live on crumbs': why older Algerians risk the small boats to Spain

Nouara is 65 but ready to join thousands of others who burn their ID and pay traffickers for a chance of a new life in Europe.

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Founder Mehriban Zeynalova hugs a woman in front of her shelter. Photograph: Ismayil Fataliyev

'They gave me a chance': refuge for abused Azerbaijani women

The Baku shelter, run by someone who spent years homeless and on the streets, helps 650 mothers and children annually.

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Three transgender people sitting in a room. On the left a pink traditional cloth from Pakistan. They sit in a room with clothes on a table to sell them on their youtube channel. Photograph: Muhammad Abuzar

Giving voice to Pakistan’s transgender community 

In the closed world of Pakistani society, Sonia Naz is a strong and supportive voice for the transgender community - but it took a terrible attack to give her the strength to speak out.

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House in Kiyv with entrance in the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Photograph: Marjan Blan via unsplash

7 voices on Ukraine

Activists from seven neighboring countries of Russia and Ukraine share their views on the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

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Between the Taliban's Takeover and Scant Financial Funding

Peter Schwittek founded the Ofarin organisation which has been educating Afghan girls in mosques for more than two decades. After the rise of the Taliban, Ofarin's activities have been ...

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All Colours – the Fight for Trans Rights in Pakistan

Pakistan is known to be a conservative country. Still, in 2018 the Pakistani government passed one of the world's most progressive trans rights bills. Kami Sid and Hina of the NGO Sub ...

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