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Ausgabe 46/2003

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Following the controversial statement by the CDU-politician Martin Hohmann and the dismissal of General Reinhard Günzel, the question arises, how anti-Semitic and secretly radically right-wing the German armed forces really are.


Report on the German soldiers in Konduz, where the balance of power is governed by opium, and an open confrontation with the drug barons would amount to a declaration of war.


"Revolt of the Sqiptars"

Balkans: In northern Greece, militant Albanians are preparing for armed conflict. Their declared aim is to create a Greater Albania. It has long ceased to be a secret that the architects of Greater Albania are also training their sights on Hellas. Already, Greek media are warning of the danger of a rebellion. Macedonia's moderate former president Kiro Gligorov has predicted that if Kosovo should gain independence "a war in the region" would be very probable. The "Albanian National Army" (ANA) is the driving force behind the Greater Albanian project, which was declared a national goal back in 1995 at a secret meeting of the UCK.


"We're on the Right Road"

SPIEGEL in-depth interview with the Teheran winner of the Nobel peace prize, Shirin Ebadi, about the symbolism of the headscarf, the abuse of Islam through politics and her hopes for a progressive interpretation of the Koran:

"In Iran, every woman has to wear a headscarf; those are our laws. Since I respect them, I cover my hair when I am in my home country. ... Even if we are convinced that state and religion should be entirely separated from each other, we have to appreciate that clothing is a very personal decision. I hope your courts will ultimately decide in favour of people's freedom to choose their own clothing. ... Our main problem is the patriarchal culture which dominates the Orient, in other words Iran too. It extends to all areas of our lives. Men therefore interpret our religion in a patriarchal way, meaning: to their own advantage. ... Sharia points the way for people to lead a lawful life. There is no conflict here between Sharia and human rights. They are definitely reconcilable with each other."


"Road Map to the Next World"

Middle East: The Gaza Strip serves as a base for Hamas, which continues to send suicide bombers into Israeli towns. Every counterattack drives new fighters into the ranks of the terrorist group, and provides further ammunition for its leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin - an endless spiral of killing.

Yassin: "The Israeli foe views all Palestinians as its enemy, indiscriminately. ... The difference between the Palestinian authorities and us is not in our goals: we all want an end to occupation, and our own state on national Palestinian soil. But we choose different means of achieving these aims. Time has shown that all negotiations were to no avail. They all failed. We therefore want to achieve our goals through active resistance, until our enemy recognises our rights, our right of freedom, of self-determination, of returning to our homeland from which we have been driven.".


"Collectors of Run-Down Beetles"

Animals: Researchers in Darmstadt are asking the general public to send them insects that are ill. This unusual campaign is to assist them in developing biological pesticides. The agents that make insects ill are, as a rule, completely harmless to human beings. The pathogens are usually so specific in their action that they only affect particular insects; they are innocuous for vertebrates. On the other hand, the pests which they are meant to control cannot become resistant as easily against their natural foes as they can against chemical insecticides. The scientists can already lay claim to some astonishing successes. One strain of bacteria - bacillus thuringiensis, sold by the trade name Novodor - is now being sprayed on fields in organic farms throughout the world, to combat the Colorado beetle.


"An End to Ravenous Hunger"

Medicine: 120 kilograms in two years. Doctors in the US are offering super-fat patients radical treatments. They make their stomachs smaller and their intestines shorter, and they channel the digestive juices. This year, 120,000 obese people will be seeking help through surgery. The total cost: almost three billion dollars.


"My Nakedness Is a Game"

SPIEGEL interview with Australian singer Kylie Minogue, 35, about her weariness with the portrayals of sex in the world of pop music, and her latest album 'Body Language':

"At some point or another, almost every story about me and almost every interview turns its attention to my body. When we were discussing the title of the album I wasn't sure whether it might not become an own goal. After all, it's now focusing even more attention on this issue, which I am already sick to death of ... Of course I know how important my looks are for my public image. But that's true of anyone. ...When I look at some hip hop videos I'm just as appalled as my grandmother, and I think: My God, what sort of disgusting things are they doing? In advertising and on the covers of lifestyle magazines I see pop culture being made more and more pornographic, which I find disconcerting. My erotic ideal is more like Brigitte Bardot. ... But I think my sort of performance is more harmless because my nakedness is a game."


"I'd Like to Be as Tough as She Is"

Interview with musician Enrique Iglesias, 28, about the fighting spirit of tennis player Anna Kurnikova, conflicts with his father Julio, and his latest album '7':

"It's hard to create something that is big, timeless. I'm very afraid of the moment, sometime in the future, when I will be forced to sing one of my old songs which simply doesn't fit me any more. ... What I really admire about Anna is that she's a fighter. I wish I were just half as tough and full of fighting spirit as she is. ... I get on fine with my father. Just because we are seldom seen together and don't work together, people think we have a problem. The truth is that I keep my career and my family as separate from each other as I can."


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