Kashmir: Back to life
Pakistan faces a looming water crisis
Pakistan is facing a looming water crisis that threatens to exacerbate food insecurity. Political instability and economic fragility are complicating the situation further. The government is taking steps to address the problems, but much more needs to be done. By Abdur Rehman Cheema
Modi's Hinduisation of India
The curse of identity politics
Unusual public criticism of India by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the murder of a Sikh separatist in Canada has once again focused international attention on the movement for a separate Sikh state. By Mohammad Luqman
Taliban Afghanistan 2 years on
Report from a forgotten land
15 August 2023 marked the second anniversary of the Taliban's return to Afghanistan. Emran Feroz recently travelled through the country – here is his exclusive report for Qantara.de on everyday life in Kabul
Who are the Pakistani Islamists vowing 'death to blasphemers'?
An outlawed Islamist political party with the main objective of protecting Pakistan's draconian blasphemy laws and punishing blasphemers has been linked to violence against Christians and the burning of several churches
Sweden Koran burnings
Playing to the radicals
As Sweden grapples with the diplomatic fallout of a series of Koran burnings, radicals on all sides are rubbing their hands and exploiting the moment. Birgit Svensson travelled from Baghdad to Stockholm to get the full picture
Music: Universal Echoes by Kuné
An impactful message from Canada's Global Orchestra
The musicians in the Canadian music ensemble Kuné come from a diverse array of traditions and cultures. On their new album, they share their concern for our planet's future in a collection of glorious tracks. By Richard Marcus
Pakistan jails former PM
What now for Imran Khan?
Imran Khan has fallen out with Pakistan's powerful military – now a court has sentenced the ex-premier to three years in prison. His supporters suspect a plot. By Tobias Matern
Migrants and Germany's gig economy
"ReWolt" against Wolt
The "ReWolt" campaign waged since the spring by migrant delivery couriers against gig economy giant Wolt in Berlin came to a head this week, with three claimants, who have accused the company of wage theft, getting their day in court. By Minerwa Tahir
Cultivating chillies in a changing climate – Pakistan's tough harvest
Extreme heat and drought followed by floods. Such weather patterns indicate that Pakistan's climate is already changing. The consequences include failed harvests, as can be seen in the chilli capital Kunri.
Showcasing music from Pakistan
Back to the roots
Mekaal Hasan may not be a household name in Europe or North America, but he is a star in Pakistan. When COVID-19 struck, he and his Sufi rock band were forced to change their production approach. For "Rivayat", Hasan tracked down traditional singers and musicians from beyond Lahore. Richard Marcus had a listen
International disputes about water
On a knife-edge between peace and conflict
As a result of climate change, weather extremes are on the rise. Many parts of the world are plagued by heat and drought. There is a lack of water in numerous areas, and tensions between neighbouring states are straining relations. Are the first conflicts already brewing?