'Yes' or 'No'? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote

'Yes' or 'No'? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote
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Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype. By Christoph Scheuermann more...




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Factory and Lab Israel's War Business

Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business

Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally. By Markus Becker in Tel Aviv, Israel more... Comment ]

'We're Like Animals To Them' An American City's Daily Racism

'We're Like Animals To Them': An American City's Daily Racism

The slaying of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri, shows that racism and racial profiling remain a serious everyday problem in some parts of America. Some worry things will never change. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Forgotten in Iraq Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

The world took notice when the Yazidis needed help. But since June, a Turkmen city in northern Iraq has been under siege by the Islamic State. The death toll continues to mount but, thus far, the people of Amirli have been left to fight the IS on their own. By Christoph Reuter and Jacob Russell more...

Baltic Fears NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... Comment ]

Dueling Jihadists Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

Within just a few years, the Islamic State has grown to become the most feared jihadist group in the Middle East. In an interview, Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister describes IS' rise in Iraq and Syria and what can be done to stop it. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Ultimate Reality TV A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony

Ultimate Reality TV: A Crazy Plan for a Mars Colony Photos

It might become the mother of all reality shows. Fully 704 candidates are soon to begin competing for a trip to Mars to establish a colony there. Broadcasting rights are to fund the mission, but a return ticket is not part of the deal. By Manfred Dworschak more... Video ]

'I Could Have Stopped Them' Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

'I Could Have Stopped Them': Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

In an interview, former top CIA lawyer John Rizzo says the US' waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation methods" for terror suspects had "deep trouble" written all over them. But he doesn't regret his decision to approve the measures. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The Unprotected A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

For an entire week, eight people -- women, children and an elderly man -- were trapped in their house in Gaza. They couldn't leave and nobody could help. An hour before the cease-fire, the family was wiped out by Israeli bombs. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...

Social Design Made In Turkey Feeding Istanbul's Stray Dogs, a Bottle at a Time

Social Design Made In Turkey: Feeding Istanbul's Stray Dogs, a Bottle at a Time

The city of Istanbul is home to a special invention that is the manifestation of social design. A special vending machine dispenses food for stray dogs when people insert recyclable bottles and cans. Interview Conducted By Vivien Timmler more...