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Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure

Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure

August 14, 2014, 01:20 PM

Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]


Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

August 14, 2014, 12:59 PM

Berlin is home to an annual fair dedicated to all things Americana. The recent decline of the carnival says a lot about the poor current state of German-American relations. By Simon Pfanzeit more... Comment ]


Suras and Tolerance: Meet Europe's Gay Imam

Suras and Tolerance: Meet Europe's Gay Imam

August 13, 2014, 02:34 PM

A homosexual French Muslim imam is spreading a message of religion and tolerance in Europe. In addition to opening a gay-friendly mosque in Paris, he also recently married a lesbian couple in Sweden. By Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

August 13, 2014, 12:31 PM

President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how the move will ultimately be judged. A trip through Crimea provides some answers. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

August 11, 2014, 06:54 PM

The Islamic State is conquering cities in Syria and Iraq with disturbing frequency and tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis are fleeing. The US has begun air strikes, but the Islamists are benefiting from instability in both countries. By Katrin Kuntz and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Spoils of War: Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth Radicalization

The Spoils of War: Violence in Gaza Leads to Youth Radicalization

August 11, 2014, 06:39 PM

The most recent cease-fire appears to be holding in the Gaza Strip, but vast damage has already been done. In addition to the appalling loss of life and destruction of property, the war has pushed even more Palestinians to the radical fringes. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Rafah, Gaza Strip more... Comment ]

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

August 07, 2014, 10:24 AM

Not long ago, only a few people would make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Now, over 200,000 people a year spend several grueling weeks along the route. Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds, but the rewards are still vast. By Juan Moreno on the Camino de Santiago  more... Comment ]

One-Man State: Presidential Election Set to Seal Erdogan's Supremacy

One-Man State: Presidential Election Set to Seal Erdogan's Supremacy

August 06, 2014, 03:28 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan began his political career as a democratic reformer. But those days are long gone. His battles against the country's old elite and the demonstrators of Gezi Park revealed his despotic tendencies. Now, he wants to become president. By Hasnain Kazim and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

For Erdogan, or Against Him: Turks in Germany Get the Vote

For Erdogan, or Against Him: Turks in Germany Get the Vote

August 06, 2014, 03:28 PM

For decades, Turks in Germany weren't able to vote, neither in their homeland nor in their adopted country. Now, Prime Minister Erdogan has changed that in the search for more support. But the Turkish electorate in Germany is torn. By Katrin Elger and Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Gaza Crisis: 'The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within'

Gaza Crisis: 'The Real Danger to Israel Comes from Within'

August 05, 2014, 05:13 PM

Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, but left behind death and destruction. Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz tells SPIEGEL that her country is gripped by fear and is becoming increasingly suspicious of democracy. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

August 05, 2014, 11:56 AM

John Kerry has spent months rushing from one conflict to the next, but has little show for it. His failures are symptomatic of an America that lacks a foreign policy identity -- and of a country that seems uncomfortable with its role as a superpower. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]