War in South Sudan: The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

War in South Sudan: The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2014

It was only three years ago that South Sudan celebrated its newfound independence from Sudan. Now, a civil war is tearing the young state apart amid reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. At the heart of the conflict is oil and corruption. By Bartholomäus Grill in Juba, South Sudan more... Comment ]

Interview with Melinda Gates: 'Simple Things Can Have a Huge Effect'

Interview with Melinda Gates: 'Simple Things Can Have a Huge Effect'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private global development organization in the world. In a SPIEGEL interview, Melinda Gates explains the couple's start in philanthropy, the challenges of combatting disease in conflict zones and the unique responsibility of the wealthy. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

The Devil in Nigeria: Boko Haram's Reign of Terror

The Devil in Nigeria: Boko Haram's Reign of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2014

A former Boko Haram kidnapping victim helping Nigerian officials recently found two of the schoolgirls kidnapped in the country. The search for the others remains a desperate one and has also cast light on a destitution rampant in the country's northern states. By Bartholomäus Grill and Toby Selander more... Comment ]

Mistrust and Hate: The Frightening New Lives of Homosexuals in Uganda

Mistrust and Hate: The Frightening New Lives of Homosexuals in Uganda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2014

On Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law allowing for life sentences for homosexuals. Since then, members of the country's gay and lesbian community have been going into hiding or leaving the country. Western pressure has been ineffective. By Jan Puhl in Kampala, Uganda more... Comment ]

Prison of the Past: A Reporter Revisits His 'Shameful' Coverage of Rwanda

Prison of the Past: A Reporter Revisits His 'Shameful' Coverage of Rwanda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2014

Twenty years ago on April 6, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda began. At the time, many Western reporters played it down as "ethnic warfare," including Bartholomäus Grill, now a correspondent for SPIEGEL. He looks back with shame. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

UN Congo Mission Leader: 'Unimaginable Human Catastrophes'

UN Congo Mission Leader: 'Unimaginable Human Catastrophes'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2014

In an interview, Martin Kobler, the head of the United Nation peacekeeping force in Congo, discusses the recent success by the blue helmets in the country and why he would like to see Germany take more decisive action to bring stability to the African nation. Interview Conducted by Horand Knaup and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Central African Republic President Samba-Panza: 'There Is Still Hope'

Central African Republic President Samba-Panza: 'There Is Still Hope'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2014

The Central African Republic has been torn apart by violence, with only the engagement of troops from France and the African Union keeping a modicum of peace. President Catherine Samba-Panza tells SPIEGEL that EU help is crucial. Interview Conducted by Jan Puhl and Petra Truckendanner more... Comment ]

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2014

In an interview, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses negotiations with Damascus, the international community's paralysis on the issue of Syria and why he believes Germany must take on a stronger role in the world. Interview By Nikolaus Blome and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

The Front Lines: Germany's Difficult Year in Africa and Afghanistan

The Front Lines: Germany's Difficult Year in Africa and Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2014

It won't be an easy year for new Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The German military is facing a new mission in Africa while at the same time orchestrating a challenging withdrawal from war-torn Afghanistan. Potential pitfalls are numerous. By Matthias Gebauer, Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Taking Responsibility: France Seeks Help for Africa Intervention

Taking Responsibility: France Seeks Help for Africa Intervention

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2013

Despite its financial troubles, France remains committed to an expensive military intervention in the Central African Republic. Now the country is looking to its European partners, chiefly Germany, to support the operation. more... Comment ]