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the Middle East and Africa over the last decade

Freedom, equality and sisterhood

SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST: With topics such as forced marriage, child marriage, rape, and honour killings, Professor Unni Wikan has studied people all her life, but not least – the Muslim. She has had to avoid that.

"I failed to stop the Iraq war"

Gavin Hood: Official Secrets

THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL: Katharine Gun leaked information about the NSA's request to the British intelligence service GCHQ to spy on members of the UN Security Council in connection with the planned invasion of Iraq.

Silently disciplining research

PRIO: Researchers who question the legitimacy of US wars, seem to experience being ousted from their positions in research and media institutions. The example presented here is from the Institute for Peace Research in Oslo (PRIO), an institution which historically has had researchers critical of wars of aggression – and who can hardly be labeled friends of nuclear arms.

The war reporter close to the truth

Yung Chang: This Is Not A Movie – Robert Fisk And The Politics Of Truth

PORTRAIT MOVIE: War reporter Robert Fisk has the courage to monitor and challenge. He is known for reporting from the front lines contrary to the official line of politicians and people in power.

The despair is stronger than hoped

OPTIMISM: By taking positive ideas more seriously, we can give them the same attention that toxic ideologies get today.


21. 2. 1970: Leather

One in a million

Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff: HUMAN 2018: The Poetess

: In The Poetess we get to follow the only female participant in the most popular talent show in the Middle East, who through her poetry shows an extraordinary courage in the face of gender segregation.

A jihadist family portrait

Talal Derki: HUMAN 2018: Of Fathers and Sons

: Talal Derki's new documentary provides a rare insight into how the sons of al-Nusra fighters in Syria's Idlib province are being raised to become the next generation of jihadists.

Inside Syria: two lived experiences

Reese Erlich / Yassin al-Haj Saleh: Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their War and What the World Can Expect / The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy

: American Reese Erlich and Syrian Yassin al-Haj Saleh go into the breadth and depth of their books on the war in Syria, respectively.

No more red pomegranates

: Water has political and security aspects in the Middle East, and future wars in this region will be about water resources.

Johan Galtung: How is Norway going?

: How independent and critical can one be? In part 2 of the double interview with Johan Galtung, we talk about Norway's relations with the USA, Sweden, Muslims, anarchism and Marxism.

On the way to a new war on Gaza?

: A hot summer, crisis in Qatar and power rationing in Gaza – about two million people are victims of politics. It goes from bad to worse, and the sound of war can be felt in the distance.